Autumn Transient Art

Alistair Bryce-CleggMud Kitchen, Outdoors, Texture Kitchen, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

It is important that children have opportunities for art, design and creativity outdoors as well as indoors. Ideally in your indoor space you will have provision for children to make, model and paint. If you put one of your easels outside with some pots of paint and a couple of aprons then you are just recreating the same indoor opportunities without the ceiling. Although some children might really enjoy painting outside, a key question for me is ‘what unique creative experience can outdoors offer them?’ There will be more about outdoor painting later in the week! We want children to be able to transfer their indoor skills and apply them to different resources and experiences that are strongly linked to … Read More

TTS Messy Play Dispensers – GIVEAWAY!

Alistair Bryce-CleggABC Does A Blog, Child Initiated Learning, Giveaway, Mud Kitchen, Texture Kitchen, Uncategorized, Water Play442 Comments

Frequent visitors to the blog will know that I am a big fan of a dispenser – particularly when it comes to supporting children in their independent play and investigation. A few years ago I posted about a self service dough station that I had created, where the use of a cereal dispenser meant that the children could create their own dough without the support of an adult. I know lots of you tried it with varying degrees of success. Although mine did a brilliant job, it turns out that all dispensers are not the same! Some that you tried didn’t keep the ingredients where they should be and they just ran out of the hole at the bottom! Some … 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

A Trip to Grayrigg Primary – Start Small, Think Big

Alistair Bryce-CleggBoys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, Continuous Provision, Creativity, Environment, Mud Kitchen, Outdoors, Texture Kitchen, Water Play3 Comments

I ended the school year back in July with a trip to Grayrigg Primary School – just north of Kendal. When it comes to school ethos statements, they make some pretty big claims. Our school is not about expecting children to conform, but about inspiring every child to be the best person they can possibly be: Academically; Personally; Spiritually; Socially and Morally. The staff team is small (as you would expect in a school with 30 children) and lead by their teaching Head Kirsty Cooper who’s passion for what she does is ever present and infectious! Having met Kirsty and Early Years teacher Clare on ABC Does training and had a good look at the schools website, I was really … Read More