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

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

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