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

Inclusion and Early Years Practice – Kathy Brodie

Alistair Bryce-CleggGiveaway, Planning and Assessment, Uncategorized3 Comments

I am always on the look out for a good Early Years read, and when you find a book that is not only full of useful information, but has also been written by someone you know understands Early Years and practitioners – well that is just a bonus! I have worked with Kathy on a number of occasions delivering conferences and training for EYP’s (now EYT’s) in the North West. This is the third of Kathy’s books that I have read and I asked her if she wouldn’t mind doing a quick guest blog post to give you some more information about it. Kathy is also giving away five copies of the book. If you fancy getting your hands on one, … Read More

Box of Exploration Giveaway

Alistair Bryce-CleggGiveaway307 Comments

Happy half term one and all! I really cannot believe where this year has gone. One more half term to go and that will be it! This week I am giving two lucky blog readers the chance to win a ‘Box of Exploration’ that have kindly been donated by our friends at TTS. The Box of Exploration is the third ideas box that I have created for them and goes alongside the Box of Bones and the Box of Fairies. The boxes are not ‘topic’ boxes as such, they are intended to provide you with some unique resources and activity ideas that you can take in a thousand different directions, depending on the interests and imagination of your children. Each … Read More

Ice Cream Play Dough

Alistair Bryce-CleggUncategorized6 Comments

Last week I found myself at the TTS ‘Time for Two’s’ Conference in Manchester. I was delivering a Keynote and a couple of workshops alongside Alice Sharpe amongst others. It was a great day with some brilliant ideas and resources for those working with two year olds (not to mention plenty of great food!). I am sure TTS will be doing more conferences, so keep an eye out for them. During her keynote Alice talked about the amazing things that happen when you mixed cornflour with hair conditioner. What she didn’t do was tell the delegates what actually happens! So, for any of you who were there and were left wondering and those who are now wondering…It makes a really … Read More