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

Great Malleable Material – Bubble Tea Pearls!

abc doesContinuous Provision, Dough Gym14 Comments

Whilst sorting through these photographs before I send them off to the publisher, I thought I would do a quick post to see if you had discovered this stuff. It is called Tapioca Pearls or Bubble Tea. It is basically like giant tapioca. You boil the contents of the packet in a pan and they swell up to make these large tapioca balls. On the packet it suggests that you can eat them hot or cold and add them to milky tea, soup, coffee or jelly. None of those options fill me with the desire to try them out! (amendment to post – Sandra found the following link regarding Tapioca Pearls saying that they had ingredients that may cause cancer … Read More

Boys writing through play AND a brilliant activity… painting bread!

abc doesBoys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, Creativity, Environment, Mark Making, Outdoors, Talk6 Comments

I was back in Coventry this week at St Mary and St Benedict Primary School to work with the staff on further enhancing their EYFS practice and also to have a look at their very swanky outdoor area. The school have invested a lot of money in the Early Years outdoor space both in landscaping and structures. They have even got a small copse at the back of their play area. I couldn't resist taking a couple of pictures to share. This structure was HUGE you could literally have a barn dance in it! It is a big space to fill but SO MUCH potential… I was drawn to the trees at the back. It was such a lovely area, … Read More

Talk Sofa has impact and National Strategies are impressed!

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First of all, thank you to all of delegates at the Chester conferences today. Your evaluations were great, I really appreciate your positive feedback. It made the Dough Gym demonstration worthwhile! At the weekend I got this email from Nicky at Hassell CP School. It is all about the impact that Talk Sofa has had in her setting  and some very pleasing feedback from a National Strategies visit. I have asked Nicky if I can blog her email and school name and she is more than happy for me to do so. Well done Nicky – Keep up the good work!   Hi Alistair I mailed you a while ago to ask about 'sofa talk', subsequently I have introduce some of your ideas into my … Read More