Autumn Exploratory Jelly…

Alistair Bryce-CleggCreativity, Malleable Materials, Messy Play, Texture Kitchen13 Comments

It is time to get your Autumn Jelly ingredients ready! I first posted this idea last year and it was really popular, so I thought I would post it again. 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 … Read More

Dough Gym Week – Creating a Dough Gym

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Now that you have assessed your children in relation to their gross and fine motor dexterity, you can set up your Dough Gym. What is Dough Gym? Dough Gym is a gym for children where you work out with dough – Simple! Dough Gym is a specific daily intervention – If it is going to have impact it has to be regular and consistent. Dough Gym is directly linked to assessment and attainment. Dough Gym is exclusive – You need to make the children who need this intervention feel special and chosen for all of the right reasons, not just because they are failing. I usually work with a maximum of 8 children, not a whole group. It is not … Read More

Have you tried…Marshmallow Dough?

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At the moment I am working on the finishing touches of 'Ready to Write' which is a book all about how children develop physically and cognitively on their journey to becoming a 'writer'. At different stages of development, children need to experience materials of different malleability. During the  early stages of development, 'classic' dough alone doesn't offer enough malleability and dexterity to develop essential muscles.  As children become more proficient in their fine motor development then 'classic' dough doesn' t offer enough resistance for the further development of their palm arches and finger joints. Although there are a million things that you can add to generic dough to make it a different colour, give it a different smell or change … Read More