Watching chicks hatch and being part of their care not only allows children to experience a real wonder of nature, it opens up numerous possibilities for conversations, including: how life begins, how babies grow across the animal kingdom, and caring for those we love around us, and in the wider world.
Spring is the season of new life and exploring the movements of young animals in springtime is a great way for children to develop both gross and fine motor skills.
Spring is the perfect time to introduce to your children the fascinating art of hapa-zome flower pounding; a lovely way to engage in mark making with nature.
The decision to separate or divorce is not an easy one for two adults, especially when there are children involved. It's often a relief when you have finally come to that agreement, and it is the end of lots of uncertainty and heartache but remember that for any children involved it can often be the start of an upsetting period of confusion and disruption.
The fifth article in this series, exploring traditional nursery rhymes as a resource and inspiration for activities, focuses on literacy. These include: repeating simple rhymes, recognising and reading CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words, using writing frames and enjoying spring rhymes.
This is the second article in an occasional series looking at endangered animals and includes information and activities to enable young children and their families to be more aware of how to help bees.
There is nothing like a bowl of soup or stew to warm you up on a cold day and it is even more enjoyable if you have created the dish yourself. In this article, we will explore how to create tasty and enjoyable meals from seasonal vegetables.
Share this selection of books about spring with the children in your setting and welcome in the season, with all its exciting new beginnings, by joining in the activities focused on communication and language.
International Women's Day falls annually on March 8th and is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political successes of women. This article looks at some of the books published recently to inform and educate children about the achievements of many magnificent women and suggests ideas for related literacy activities.
Engineering week, which runs from 20th to 26th February, celebrates the ways that engineering is part of our everyday lives. For young children building towers is a great way to develop early engineering skills. It is a chance to experiment with different materials and to develop reasoning and problem-solving abilities.
Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day or Mardi Gras, falls on the first day of March this year. Try out some of these activities, combining cooking and eating pancakes with some mathematical skills, and make it a learning opportunity for all.
The Valentine's Day themed activities here are designed to show children the importance of their personal choices, and to encourage children to express their feelings, while developing friendships and working cooperatively.
Through discovering the magic of microgreens, this article explores opportunities for learning about seeds, growing plants, and enjoying homegrown, healthy food.
Welcoming a new baby into your family is often an exciting time but can be daunting for young children. An only child will be going from having undivided attention to having to share it. Whatever the size of family, change can be difficult but you can support your child through the transition so they embrace, rather than fear, the new arrival.
Winter is upon us! Learning about the seasons is an important part of Understanding the World, and this ‘snowflake challenge’ activity offers a fun introduction to the signs of winter. Use the activity flexibly throughout the season, and repeat popular challenges.
The aim of this article is to look at children's books and stories about money, especially those suitable for early years, and to start to explore money and simple economics through practical activities.
The activities here are designed to encourage children to put their own mark on creative work using inspiring materials and play. All activities are suitable for children of two years plus with some help.
Going from being your child's main carer to settling them into nursery, pre-school or a childminder's can seem like a very big step – for both you and your child. Reassure yourself that there is plenty you can do to prepare your child for the transition.