Autumn Exploratory Jelly…

Alistair Bryce-CleggCreativity, Malleable Materials, Messy Play, Texture Kitchen18 Comments

It is time to get your Autumn Jelly ingredients ready! If you make some Autumn Jelly, don’t forget to share the results. 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 about and name the resources that they have collected, they will also be able to explore how the gelatine changes the water from a liquid to a solid. You can talk about how the mixture goes from hot to cold and what the final jelly feels like in their hands. There should be lots of opportunities for a variety of experiences, talking … Read More

(At Least) 50 Fantastic Ideas To Try At Home…Can You Help?

Alistair Bryce-CleggBoys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, construction, Continuous Provision, Creativity, Environment, Malleable Materials, Mark Making, mathematics, Messy Play, Mud Kitchen, Music, Outdoors, Play, Water Play44 Comments

As more people are self-isolating and schools and childcare settings across the world are closing, we thought we would contribute to easing the burden by providing another place you can direct parent’s /carers to for support. We are part of a wonderful, international community of Early Years practitioners who have a wealth of knowledge and a HUGE bank of ideas and activities. So, let’s gather together and share them! As a starting point I am going to use my blog to share activities that can fairly easily be done at home. I’ll gather a collection of ideas each week and post them on the website – with links from social media. If you would like to contribute please email me … Read More

What To Do In Your Outdoor Texture Kitchen – A Week of Ideas…

Alistair Bryce-CleggABC Does A Blog, Continuous Provision, Messy Play, Mud Kitchen, Outdoors, Texture Kitchen, Texture Kitchen Week of Ideas3 Comments

Over the course of the next week I will be posting some ideas for things that you can do to extend the play in you texture/mud kitchen. Today I just wanted to give you a quick overview of the set up and some of the items and enhancements that we used. On Monday I will be posting about setting up the Transient Art Station On Tuesday, the Clay Station On Wednesday, making Berry Paint and Potions On Thursday, making Mud Paint and Mud Pies and on Friday I will be doing a GIVEAWAY from Cool Canvas of these gorgeous wooden lockers. To be honest, wouldn’t mind them in my house! So, worth checking back for on Friday for all of the giveaway details… When … Read More

Autumn Eggs with Onion Skins…

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I used to do this with my Great Granny Long when I was a little boy, only ours weren’t quite as fancy…. Now that Autumn is really upon us in the UK you will be talking about all of the gorgeous colours you can see and textures you can crunch. This is a nice adult focus that involves lots of processes and opportunities for talk, change, cause and effect and lots more. I have done it loads of times and I never cease to be amazed by the results at the end of the process! You will need A few of pairs of tights – (you only need the legs and feet so you can do something else the gussets)! The skin … Read More