Category Archives: Creative learning

Playful practitioners

An inspiring way to start implementing Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation  Stage http://www.early-education.org.uk  is to become engrossed in the distinctive Cosy catalogue ( Tel:  0133 370152). It really is full of truly imaginative resources, with an emphasis on … Continue reading

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Writing’s not just for the writing area

A bright, inviting and well resourced writing area is, of course, essential; however, it is just as important to encourage children to write in any provision area.  Here are a few ideas, some general, and some specific to an area, … Continue reading

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Read to your Dog

Following on from my blog Teach your Bear to Sing, you must read about the wonderful initiative, to increase children’s reading confidence, involving how they read to dogs in school.  The initiative is now about to be rolled out nationally … Continue reading

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Build a 3D poem

This is a ‘hands-on’ idea to ‘put a poem together’ – literally!  Wonderful for seasons and festival times too. Creating a 3D poem is a fun, and simple experience  to enjoy with young children. They love looking for signs of … Continue reading

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New ideas for Road Safety Week role play (November 22nd-28th)

Children love road safety role play.  Here are a few new ideas. Hold my hand Talk about how children must always hold a grown-up’s hand when walking along the pavement, stopping at the kerb, and crossing the road. Give individual … 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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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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