Spring Exploratory Jelly…

Alistair Bryce-CleggCreativity, Malleable Materials, Messy Play, Texture Kitchen4 Comments

Back in the Autumn, I posted this recipe for Autumn jelly. It is a really interesting and easy activity to create. Lots of you tried it and shared photos of your jelly creations – thank you, they were great to see and share. This week on Instagram, @earlyyearsoutdoor shared a ‘Flower Jelly’ version which looked great. If you make any sort of jelly : flower, Spring, dinosaur…. then please send me a picture and I will share it. Have a great weekend… Alistair This is a really simple activity that gives you lots of opportunities to explore many aspects of the EYFS. If you involve the children from the very beginning then not only will they be able to talk … Read More

How to Make Coloured Porridge Oats…

Alistair Bryce-CleggCreativity, Malleable Materials, Mark Making, Texture Kitchen2 Comments

This is a really simple and easy one to do. You can use your coloured oats as a sensory experience, not to mention as an addition to Small World, Creative play and many, many more areas of provision. You will need: Porridge Oats – I have found that the LARGE porridge oats work best. Measuring cup Measuring spoons Small container (like and egg cup) Zip Lock freezer bags Water Food colouring or liquid water colour What to do: Put one cup of porridge oats into a Zip Lock freezer bag Mix 2 tablespoons of water with a few drops of food colouring in your small container. I used this cake decorators gel colour Pour a SMALL amount of the coloured liquid into … Read More

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