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Reading Dr Suess creates a great opportunity for all children to participate

Mathematics: Just one more appleā€¦

The second part of this series linking rhyme and maths focuses on Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr Seuss. Use these ideas to get children adding up and using mathematical language as part of the fun.

Sorting and recycling waste supports children's personal, social and emotional development

PSED: Waste not, want not

In part two of her series on sustainability, Hilary White suggests ways for children to work together to discover that managing the rubbish we produce can be both fun and good for the environment.

Give children time to explore the shape of natural objects

EAD: The line of beauty

Natural objects provide a variety of fascinating shapes, which can be the starting point for creating artworks. Describing shapes and experimenting with new vocabulary become a part of the process.

Role-play helps to develop children's creativity and language skills

Be who you want to be

When your child climbs into a box and zooms off to the moon, or stirs some pine cones in a pot to make a stew, they are engaging in role-play. Find out how you can support them to take this to the max.

Badminton develops children's hand-eye coordination and encourages co-operative play

Physical development: A smashing game

Badminton is a great way to introduce racket sports to young children, helping them to practise the hand-eye coordination that will come in useful for different games as they develop their sporting prowess.

Children learn by trial and error as they produce their radio show

Understanding the world: On their wavelength

National Radio Day is celebrated in the US on 20 August 2019 and is not only a day to remember the invention of the radio but also to think about words and sound as a medium of communication.

A summer reading challenge encourages children to keep reading and writing

Literacy: Reading and relaxing

Judith Harries provides ideas for practitioners and parents to keep children reading and developing their literacy skills during the long summer holiday. This can be built on when they return to the setting.

Mathematics: Getting into shape

Develop children's mathematical skills by supporting them to cut food into shapes to produce a varied and colourful salad. Help them to link the shapes they have created with those in the environment.

Buttercups and daisies

Wild flowers such as daisies, buttercups and dandelions may be considered weeds but they have a special place in childhood and provide a great resource for Expressive Arts and Design projects.

Parent: Weighing up dummies

Parents should give careful thought about whether to introduce a young child to a dummy and they also need to think about how their child will be weaned off it at a later time, says Annette Rawstrone.

Tantrums, tears and fun

The books of Tony Ross are packed with humour and misdeeds that are engaging to young children. Use them to develop Communication and Language skills that involve attentive listening and self-expression.

Exterminate the germs

At its most fundamental level, mastering hygiene and self-care practices involves children working on physical development skills. Jenni Clarke suggests activities that will build their confidence.

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