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Steady under foot

Steady under foot

When we talk about fine motor skills and coordination, it is often only hand-eye coordination that we consider. However, foot-eye coordination is just as important, says Kathy Brodie.

Strawberries and cream

Strawberries and cream

Children really enjoyed having strawberries as their universal school free fruit this week and their enjoyment of this wonderful summer fruit led to conversations around what other strawberry related foods they had tried.

Find quality time

Find quality time

It is important for parents to find the time to interact directly with their child whenever they can. That means ensuring too many other things do not get in the way, says Annette Rawstrone.

Catch the moment

Catch the moment

A trip or outing is full of new sights, events and experiences and by photographing them children can make sense of their memories. This also gives the practitioner a unique insight into their thinking.

At full tilt

Challenging play is all about opportunities for extending physical limits and experiencing excitement – along with a little fear and uncertainty. From this children ultimately gain self-esteem and resiliance.

Get to know Percy

This month Nick Butterworth is in the spotlight. Use his books to support children to make connections with others, learning to share their thoughts and ideas about family and trips out of the setting.

A book about me

Claire Hewson provides a guide to using Apple’s My story app to enable children to create a book all about themselves. Help them to gain the skills to insert their own drawings, photos and text.

Sticky situation!

Take time to make a tactile exploration of number. Claire Hewson suggests using petroleum jelly, flour and glitter to make slimy tracings and repeating patterns which children can identify and compare.

Down to detail

Using magnification to observe tiny objects or discover the patterns in larger ones is a fascinating occupation. Use this as a springboard to create miniature artworks which reflect the natural world.

Up in the clouds

What could be more educational than sitting outdoors on a sunny day and looking up at the clouds? Karen Hart suggests creative activities that encourage children to engage imaginatively with the world.

Connect with nature

Being outdoors can be a great adventure, especially at this time of year when there are so many mini-beasts, animals and birds to discover. Kathy Brodie takes her pick of the best resources that can support children’s learning.

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