Understanding the World

10 Oct 2016

Hanukkah Craft Ideas

Hanukkah (also known as Chanukah) is a Jewish eight day celebration that commemorates the rebuild and reclamation of the Jewish temple over 2500 years ago. It is also referred to as the Jewish Festival of Light and it takes place from 24th December to 1st January. An important part of Hanukkah […]

26 Sep 2016

Diwali Festival Craft Ideas

Diwali is a 5 day Hindu festival that is also known as ‘The Festival of Lights’. It takes place between the 30th October – 3rd November 2016. Here, we have created some simple arts & craft ideas that are inspired from the colourful festival, only using a few basic materials! […]

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 […]

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 […]

07 Jun 2016

Superhero Pictures

This fun superhero pictures activity is a great opportunity for children to create their own backdrop as well as inspiring their imagination for superhero storytelling. It can be linked with a range of EYFS learning outcomes including being imaginative, technology and managing feelings and behaviour. You will need Superhero capes […]

20 May 2016

Build a Moon Buggy: STEM for Pre...

This fun stem activity for 3 to 5 year olds gives children to the opportunity to build and test their own moon buggy. It covers a range of different EYFS goals whilst allowing children the opportunity to imagine and talk about the surface of the moon and decide how to […]

03 May 2016

Citizen Science for Younger Chil...

Getting children involved with real scientific projects is a great way to inspire them to learn about the environment around them. Citizen Science in particular gives benefits to both the children and organisations by getting them involved to provide data for specific projects. By giving children the opportunity to spend more […]

29 Feb 2016

Arctic Animal Snow Trail Activit...

This winter themed snow and Arctic model activity will ignite children’s curiosity and engage them in outdoor physical play. Children love to explore and follow your lead searching for hidden objects, particularly if there is a surprise to be found at the other end! Playing follow the snow trail gives […]

24 Feb 2016

Easter Nest Frittatas

Making Easter nest frittatas is a fun way to introduce ideas around healthy eating and food preparation, while exploring the traditions and stories of Easter. This activity can allow children to develop their teamwork and co-operation skills, while still being able to enjoy making a nest of their own. Throughout […]

24 Feb 2016

Sweetie House Science

Building a house from sweets is not only a fun, tasty experience for young children; it also encourages early development of some key scientific skills. In planning and creating their house, children learn how to articulate their designs and explore basic physical properties such as strength and mass. Working on […]