Blowing Activity to Support Speech Development (at least, that’s how it started!).

Alistair Bryce-CleggABC Does A Blog, Boys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, Continuous Provision, Creativity, Environment, mathematics, Role Play, Talk, Uncategorized5 Comments

Increasingly in the settings that I work with, there are more children who are showing some signs of speech delay. This can be for a number of reasons and we should always seek professional advice if we have any concerns. There are some activities that you can do with all children, that are not only fun, but give them the opportunity to explore a range of skills and experiences that also link to the physical development that can support successful speaking. With this in mind I popped into my local packaway pre school  – The Ark – (find them on Facebook here), where Sally, Nigel and Janice kindly gave up one of their Tuff Trays. The activity that I wanted … Read More

Mini Maths Measures That Make a Difference

Alistair Bryce-CleggABC Does A Blog, Boys Learning, Continuous Provision, mathematics2 Comments

This weeks guest blog is from Juliet Robertson. Juliet is one of Scotland’s leading education consultants who specialises in outdoor learning and play. She works at a national level delivering training, giving keynote speeches, leading and supporting innovative outdoor projects and writing content for websites, documents and case studies.   She is passionate about enabling schools, play organisations and early years settings to provide quality outdoor learning and play opportunities for children and young people. You might have already discovered her website Creative Star Learning and her blog I’m a Teacher, Get Me Outside Here!     Today, she is going to be talking about mini maths measures… Mini Maths Measures That Make a Difference Creating a maths-rich outdoor environment … Read More

Make Your Own Snow

Alistair Bryce-CleggUncategorized2 Comments

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 foam How much of the ingredients you use really depends on how much snow you want. I tend to find a little goes a long way (both in terms of the ingredients … Read More

Children are the true Kings and Queens of themes! Guest Post by Denita Dinger.

Alistair Bryce-CleggUncategorized3 Comments

For this weeks blog I have the pleasure of sharing the thoughts of Denita Dinger. For those of you who haven’t come across Denita’s work, she  is an internationally-known speaker and author from the USA who loves to share humorous, intentional and inspiring keynotes and workshops about the value of child-led learning to anyone who has young people in their lives. In this blog post for ABC Does, she is talking about her journey from adult led to child led learning and the many moments of magical learning that can happen in one short day. For more information, contact her at:   I am a former “Queen of Themes” who has proudly stepped down from her thrown.   For … Read More