Simple Snow Recipe

Alistair Bryce-CleggChild Initiated Learning, Dough Gym, Malleable Materials, Mark Making, Mud Kitchen, Talk, Texture Kitchen, Uncategorized7 Comments

I am off to London at the end of the week to deliver From Mark Maker to Writer and looking forward to hopping on and off the train in the icy winds and snow! As it looks like most of us are going to get the first snowfall or flurry of the year I want to share with you my best and easiest recipe for snow. You can prepare this in advance, but I usually do it with the children or let them have a go on their own. You only need 2 ingredients Bicarbonate of Soda (or Baking Powder) Both bicarb and baking powder work well although the texture is slightly different – not that the children ever seem to notice! Shaving … Read More

Ice Cream Dough

Alistair Bryce-CleggDough Gym, Malleable Materials, Texture Kitchen5 Comments

I was in the North East yesterday to deliver Excellence in Early Years. It was great to be back in my ‘home’ town, although this time no pease pudding or stottie cakes were consumed (shame)! During the course of the day, amongst all things Early Years. we talked about the Malleable Materials table and how you can make it more interesting/challenging. So, I have dug out a couple of recipes that are interesting to make and equally interesting to play with Snap and Squeeze Dough and Ice Cream Dough!     Here is a link to a blog post where I made some ‘Snap and Squeeze’ dough using shampoo with my Niece Mabel.  The brilliant thing about this dough recipe … Read More

Self Service Dough Area!

Alistair Bryce-CleggBoys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, Continuous Provision, Creativity, Dough Gym, Environment55 Comments

I was setting up my laptop at a conference recently listening to two lovely ladies on the front row discussing me, which is always interesting! The conversation went like this… Who is he? You, know the ABC bloke. Phonics? No, Mr. ABC Is that his real name? That’s not his real name. He has made that up to get more work in schools! [pause] What’s he wearing by the way?! [pause] Actually, I think they call him Dr. ABC. (that bit really made me chuckle!) [pause] You do know him! I don’t. I’ve never heard of him. You do! The Dough Gym bloke. Oh! Is that him? I never would have guessed looking at him! Too funny! That’s me…Dr. ABC the … Read More

TTS and ABC Does Giveaway – Getting Ready to Write

abc doesDough Gym, Giveaway219 Comments

Following my week of ‘Dough Gym’ and ‘Funky Fingers’ the lovely folk at TTS have given me some bits and pieces to give away that will help to get those fingers, hands and arms moving. So this week I am giving away: Some ‘Insta Snow Powder’ If you haven’t come across this before, this is great stuff. It comes as a powder and when you add water it transforms into ‘snow’ before your very eyes. A little bit goes a long way. Hours of fun! I tried it out a while a go with my nephew Luca. I used iced water when we ‘activated’ the snow and that made it feel even more realistic.  This would be a great resource to … Read More