TTS Messy Play Dispensers – GIVEAWAY!

Alistair Bryce-CleggABC Does A Blog, Child Initiated Learning, Giveaway, Mud Kitchen, Texture Kitchen, Uncategorized, Water Play443 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

Trip to The Ark – Pack Away Play Group

Alistair Bryce-CleggChild Initiated Learning, Continuous Provision, Creativity, Environment, Role Play, Uncategorized, Water Play3 Comments

Last week I had the great pleasure to get to go and just play at The Ark pack away play group in my local village. The Ark is run by Sally, Nigel and Janice who some of you will know better from Facebook as ‘Early Years Mathematics and Literacy’. If you haven’t come across their page before, have a look here. As is often the tradition with a pack away, the play group is held in the church hall and all the resources have to be put out and then packed away again every session. Resourcing can be a huge issue for pack aways, often they have a limited budget therefore the buying of the resources can be a stretch, … 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

Big Texture Kitchen Giveaway

Alistair Bryce-CleggBoys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, Creativity, Giveaway, Mud Kitchen, Nurseries, Outdoors, Texture Kitchen, Uncategorized, Water Play496 Comments

Whether your texture kitchen is a bespoke creation or is an organic ‘happening’ as part of children’s imaginative play within their environment, it can be a springboard to lots of learning experiences alongside their domestic role play. Hopefully this week has given you a few ideas of how you can expand the play with a more ‘Creative’ focus. There will be more blogs to come in the future about enhancements through other areas of learning. As  part of their play, your children will be doing lots of mixing, pouring, transporting and concocting. So an opportunity to win lots of resources to support this can only be a good thing! The lovely folk at TTS have given me all of  this (and a bit … Read More