The Big Draw is a festival that runs throughout October to celebrate the power of drawing. Every man-made thing we see started as a drawing, from our houses to the clothes we wear. For children, mark making is also a way of communicating, developing their ideas and also sharing their feelings, after all, mark making is a form of self-expression.
This article looks at books that explore big numbers and different number operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. There are ideas for activities inspired by the books to help introduce and develop these mathematical skills.
Claire Freedman is a highly successful author of many entertaining picture books for young children, featuring pants-obsessed aliens and dinosaurs, best friends Oliver and Patch, and lots of different monsters.
I made an indoor farm using natural resources with a group of children when I was teaching reception age. It was such a success, I wanted to share the idea with you.
Becoming toilet trained is an important new skill that takes time and patience for both you and your child. But when is it the right time to start doing this and how should you go about it?
Against the background of the pandemic and global warming, the theme of The Big Draw 2021, an art festival which takes place this month, is ‘Make the change’. The focus is to explore the ways we look after each other and the natural world to make a positive impact on the future.
The following activities are all inspired by UK Apple Day; traditionally held throughout the UK each year on the 21st October as a celebration of apples, orchards and the diversity of wildlife they support.
Explore the wonderful world of spiders and webs with the children in your setting, helping them to better understand these often-maligned creatures and to value the contribution they make to our world.
The communication and language activities here have been designed to encourage conversation and the discovery of new vocabulary while looking at the important subject of friendship.
As well as fostering a love of reading, the book corner is somewhere children build personal, social and emotional skills. Claire Hewson discusses how practitioners can support children's development by giving them ownership and responsibility for a book corner that reflects their interests.
The activities here are all designed to encourage an interest into how our food started its life, while using the theme of harvest to inspire creative and expressive art.
It may seem unexpected to feel down and anxious after giving birth, but this is entirely normal after what a mother's body has been through and the big new change in her life.
Each day technology helps us to build more knowledge, from laboratory equipment to search engines. As children are growing up in a digital age it is vital to incorporate technology as part of their everyday discovery of the world around them.
The sensory aspect of water play strengthens children's learning, adding engagement and excitement. In her series on water play, Jenni Clarke leads us on a creative path through the wide opportunities of experimenting with bubbles and colour.
Exploration with water can bring so much more on top of the all-important sensory opportunities. Jenni Clarke suggests many ways in which the three different states of water can be explored through maths.
During a period in all our lives where worrying and anxiety has reached epic proportions due to the pandemic, take time to read and share some of these great stories and activities with the children in your setting.
Urban nature field trips, modelling controlled movements and engaging in observational behaviour…Hilary White invites us to explore micro ecosystems on our doorstep which open up so many vast learning opportunities.
Learning about traditions always involves so many interesting insights. This includes discovering new texts, people, practices and opening up opportunities for mathematical literacy as well as extending language.
Shade and shadows are always a fascinating concept for children, with so many learning opportunities across all areas. Here, Karen Hart focuses on the underpinning area of communication and language.
In the past decade more than half of rural hedgehogs and a third of those in towns and cities have become extinct. Judith Harries provides ideas for educating children to ensure that these spiky friends survive.
Immerse children in the surreal world of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, introducing its characters and story as a springboard for their own imaginative play and exploration of concepts of time.
Sue Hendra's books are full of wacky characters, rhymes, play on words and superhero silliness. Use them to develop children's listening skills, vocabulary and attention to detail.