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

Easter Giant Outdoor Blocks Giveaway…

Alistair Bryce-Cleggconstruction, Giveaway, Outdoors, Uncategorized697 Comments

When it comes to outdoor construction, I like to keep it as natural as possible. Logs, sticks, stones, twigs, branches…the list goes on. Outdoors is also the perfect place for promoting large scale construction getting children to experience and explore loose parts, build, communicate and employ many of their higher order thinking skills. So, here is a little Easter treat to add to your outdoor (and/or indoor) provision from TTS. The lovely folk have given me a large set of Giant Outdoor Hollow Blocks  worth £475.95 to giveaway! To stand a chance of winning these lovely wooden blocks (UK only), all you have to do is… Leave a comment at the end of this blog post and/or Share and leave a … Read More

New construction kit ‘u-nu’! Have a look…

Alistair Bryce-CleggBoys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, construction, Continuous Provision, Creativity, Giveaway, Outdoors, Talk272 Comments

I am always on the look out for good Early Years products. You just have to look at the size of the catalogues that will plop through the letter box to know that people are producing (literally) tonnes of ‘stuff’ for Early Years. The problem is that lots of it is aimed at the adults who are buying it, rather than the children who are going to be using it. So, I was really interested to come across u-nu. I liked it for lots of reasons…It is a construction kit and good EYFS construction can be hard to find. It is an open ended resource and is therefore brilliant for enhancing children’s higher order thinking skills. It is eco friendly … Read More