Autumn Exploratory Jelly…

Alistair Bryce-CleggCreativity, Malleable Materials, Messy Play, Texture Kitchen16 Comments

It is time to get your Autumn Jelly ingredients ready! If you make some Autumn Jelly, don’t forget to share the results. 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 about and name the resources that they have collected, they will also be able to explore how the gelatine changes the water from a liquid to a solid. You can talk about how the mixture goes from hot to cold and what the final jelly feels like in their hands. There should be lots of opportunities for a variety of experiences, talking … Read More

50 Fantastic Ideas…

Alistair Bryce-CleggUncategorized5 Comments

Lots of you will have some of Bloomsbury’s ’50 Fantastic ideas for….’ books. Indeed some of you might have the ones that I have written for them. I was having a chat with my lovely editor this week about my Transition into Year One book and she said that Bloomsbury were on the look out for new authors and ideas for the 50’s range. I always think that the best people to ask about ideas are the people who actually do the job so… Do you fancy writing a ’50 Fantastic Ideas’ book for Featherstone/Bloomsbury? If you think the answer to that question might be ‘yes’, then this is roughly how it works, although some of the details can be different … 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

Superheroes, Weapon Play and a Giveaway

abc doesBoys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, Role Play, Talk, Weapon and Superhero Play226 Comments

Last month was all about Superheroes for me. It is not that I developed an overriding urge to wear my underpants over my trousers (although it has been known!). I just ended up doing a lot of talking, writing and idea sharing around the positive impact of Superhero and Weapon play for children in Early Years. March saw the official release of ‘Creative Role Play in the Early Years’ in which I have outlined my thoughts on what makes really effective role play work and why. As Superhero and Weapon play does take up a considerable amount of a lot of children’s role play time, there is a section in the book that explores the reasons behind why children play … Read More