Sand Tray Inspiration…

Alistair Bryce-CleggBoys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, construction, Continuous Provision, Creativity, Environment2 Comments

I have been in Leicester City all of this week finishing a year long project looking at  effective EYFS practice and its impact on progress and attainment. It has been great to see some of the amazing things that the children have achieved. I was talking (a lot) about the importance of sand and water play in EYFS and beyond and how it can be a vehicle for unlimited learning. It can be really easy to get ‘stuck’ when it comes to provision for these areas that takes learning forward rather than children just ending up doing the same old thing. Well, here is a bit of sand/texture tray inspiration from one of my favourite blogs. If this doesn’t want … Read More

I hope that’s not a gun!

Alistair Bryce-CleggBoys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, construction, Creativity, Role Play, Talk, Weapon and Superhero Play21 Comments

When I first trained to teach in Early Years, gun play was definitely off limits. We were told that there should be a zero tolerance to it as it encouraged children to be rough and aggressive. Any sign of a child wielding any thing that might have even been slightly mistaken for a gun had to be dealt with quickly and sternly. I remember being left worth the feeling that if I ignored this behavior then I would be turning all of my gun making children into thugs in later life. It occurred to me after a few years that no matter what sort of cohort the children were, no matter which school I was teaching in, superhero and weapon … Read More

Imaginative Play Giveaway from Thinking Products

Alistair Bryce-CleggChild Initiated Learning, construction, Giveaway247 Comments

This is the PIP Kombi  from Thinking Products and I am pleased to say that I have got one to giveaway! If you are not lucky enough to win it and would like to buy one, then I have also got a discount code that will give you 10% off your purchase! When it comes to imaginative play then ambiguity can be the key to real success. Giving children the opportunity to think, imagine  and invent as part of their play will help them to develop their imaginations and creativity. What do Thinking Products say about the PIP Kombi? Promoting Imaginative Play, PIP Kombi is an entirely unique design, comprising of 17 components which children can arrange to create imagined … Read More

The Wonder of Woodwork! – Guest blog by Pete Moorhouse

Alistair Bryce-CleggBoys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, construction, Continuous Provision, Creativity, Nurseries6 Comments

When I was training to teach and after I qualified, I remember most Nursery and Reception classes that I visited having a workbench as part of their provision. As time went on and the world got a little bit Health and Safety crazy, they all seemed to disappear. The skills that children can learn whilst carrying out this sort of play and exploration are invaluable – so I am really pleased to see that workbenches appear to be on the rise again! This week I am really pleased to have a guest blogpost from Pete Moorhouse who, amongst other things, is a woodworker who works with children… The Wonder of Woodwork – Guest blog! Woodwork provides a unique learning experience … Read More