05 Sep 2016

Aliens on the surface of the moo...

This fun art and craft activity gives children the chance to get creative by making their own aliens and a surface of the moon for them to live on. There are lots of opportunities for them to let their imagination run wild and build communication skills when working as a […]

03 Aug 2016

Reggio Approach - Mark Making

When looking at the Reggio approach and thinking about exploration, this painting and mark making activity is brilliant. It links well with early writing, physical development and communication & language development. For mark making activity you will need • Paint brushes (as many different kinds as you have) • Sponges […]

13 Jul 2016

Reggio Approach - Sensory Explor...

In my previous blog post we talked about what the Reggio approach is and how you can create mini art areas within your setting. The next post in the series covers sensory exploration and how you can further develop exploration within the everyday activities you provide for the children attending your […]

04 Jul 2016

5 Ideas to Practice Fine Motor S...

Lots of fine motor activities to strengthen the muscles in a child’s hands and fingers are sure to give them a good start when it comes to writing, here is a roundup of my favourite fine motor skills activities. 1. Playdough Play dough is one of the simplest ways to […]

17 Jun 2016

Reggio Approach: An Introduction

This post is part of a mini-series based around the Reggio approach, the first instalment will be an overview of the approach and will explain how you can implement elements of Reggio into your own setting. The next post in the series will look at how you can add further […]

19 Apr 2016

Natural Sensory Tubes

Natural sensory tubes can be used as a fun activity for children to learn about the seasons and and to gain a range of sensory experiences in the great outdoors. This activity is really easy to set up with just a few simple resources. For this activity you will need Sensory […]

07 Apr 2016

Dinosaur Creation Station: Proce...

Our Dinosaur creation station offers children the chance to get messy and creative with some child led process art focusing on a very popular theme. The ‘creation station’ involves setting up a messy area with all of the materials that children need to make their dinosaur pictures before letting their […]

05 Apr 2016

Den Building for Early Years

Den building is a great way for children to develop their personal, social and emotional development. It tests their turn taking skills, builds their confidence and gives them opportunities to compromise and problem solve. There are many other areas of learning which are developed through den building including communication skills, […]

17 Mar 2016

Mirror Play: Developing Self Car...

Mirror play using child safe mirrors is a fun way for 2 – 3 year olds to learn about self care and develop independence and can also be used for PHSE activities or to stimulate children’s natural curiosity as part of an About Me topic. For mirror play, we used Soft Mirror Shapes Pack These mirrors can either […]