Extend children's understanding of recycling by involving them in making paper and experiencing the changes in its properties when it becomes pulped and mushy.
Jenni Clarke describes how practitioners can extend children's listening and speaking skills by tuning into their self-directed play, as part of ‘in the moment planning’.
Try these activities in your outside space to give children a sense of playing with friends while testing their physical skills and keeping to rules on safe distancing.
It's important that all young children returning to school develop vocabulary through language, talk and day-to-day experiences, to put their feelings into words and share experiences. Jane Harley outlines practical strategies.
Judith Harries’ series on classic picture books over the last 12 months has built into a fantastic resource for practitioners and parents, focusing on a range of authors and their individual styles.
Following on from his bestselling book The Hug, author Eoin McLaughlin has written this genuine book for our time, talking to young children about social distancing. Find out more about how to share this book!
These practical articles, written as part of an ongoing series by Hilary White, highlight how environmental themes can link to learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Use the book Giraffe's Can't Dance to ignite children's interest in the rhythm and sway of dance moves, giving them confidence to lose themselves in the moment.
Taking children out on nearby walks and providing ways for them to record and explore their observations is a great way to support learning and conversation skills.
Activities which parents can set up quickly and easily at home are often the ones to excite and engage children. In her entertaining book, Five Minute Mum: Give Me Five, Daisy Upton provides a wealth of ideas to support learning through play.
Days with time spent more indoors than out can be a great opportunity to focus on creative projects that will excite children and give them a real sense of achievement.