Monthly Archives: October 2010

Free film to inspire November 5th role play

No, not a re-enactment of the Gunpowder Plot for four and five year olds, but a few ideas for November 5th – inspired role play that will greatly help young children grasp simple but vital messages about keeping safe around … Continue reading

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How to create great shadow puppets

Children love creating shadow puppets, but have you ever been disappointed by the effect – how the puppets’ outlines are hazy and not crisp, black and distinct? Here’s a simple, and foolproof way that looks brilliant! Encourage children to draw on … Continue reading

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Encouraging boys to draw

Boys can need active encouragement to draw so they do not start thinking, at a young age, in terms of ‘can’t draw, won’t draw’. The trick is to present drawing to boys in imaginative ways compatible with their physiological need for movement and plenty of space. Continue reading

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Elephant inspiration for boys’ writing

A great way to engage boys –  and girls – is to watch the amazing footage of elephants in the award-winning ‘A Child’s Eye View of Safari’ and to talk about how the elephant keepers at Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside … Continue reading

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Letter formation (2)

Children as young as three will have plenty of space to ‘make their mark’ as they become police officers, firefighters, car rescuers, vets , doctors and nurses, dentists, refuse collectors and recyclers or postal workers, writing as they go about their important business, Continue reading

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