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

Practical Activities for 2 Year Olds – Kathy Brodie

abc doesCreativity, Nurseries, Planning and Assessment1 Comment

Following Kathy's last post here are some activites to get you started! Practical activities for your 2-year-olds In my last blog post, I talked about how to meet the sorts of challenges that practitioners may have in mixed age rooms. Some of these may be because settings are now taking 2-year-olds for the first time. In this blog post, I intend to be more practical and discuss some activities for your 2-year-olds. These will support their learning and development, but, much more importantly, they are fun!  Language Development Singing with your 2-year-olds helps them hear the different sounds and recognise the rhythms of words. It also helps children remember words. Not many people can recite a poem from beginning to end, … Read More

Get Cosy – Some great ideas!

abc doesBoys Learning, Continuous Provision, Creativity, Environment, Mark Making, OutdoorsLeave a Comment

As always, I have seen lots of inspiring ideas on my travels, so I thought I would share a few… First of all, you need to keep a look out for this 'must have' catalogue for Early Years resources.  It was Joanne at Chester Blue Coat Primary School that recommended it to me and I have been promoting it ever since. It has got some BRILLIANT stuff in it, the sorts of things that we spend hours trying to source and collect. Better than that the prices are really good! There is no website yet so you need to check your pigeon hole or staffroom table to see if your copy has been delivered. If you can't find it or … Read More