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The Cosy Blog

  1. Just a cardboard box...never!

    Just a cardboard box...never!

    The humble cardboard box is actually a powerful tool for play and learning.  By saving them from the recycling, we are not only repurposing but facilitating a magical opportunity to enhance children’s play.  A box is far from being ‘just a cardboard box’! (Photo credit above to @teameyfs) By offering children the opportunity to play and explore with boxes, we...
  2. 100 ways to play and learn with a wicker mirror circle tray

    100 ways to play and learn with a wicker mirror circle tray

    This little wicker mirror circle has been very popular recently. It is small, and yet so versatile. How would you use one? It is not only a perfect natural mirror for role play, displaying natural treasures and viewing expressions but also a great reflective small world area. Have a go at collecting natural materials and creating patterns to create a...
  3. 20 Wicker Tray Play Ideas

    20 Wicker Tray Play Ideas

    The wicker tray is a beautiful, natural alternative to the standard plastic tray. Create an inspirational invitation to play with this natural wicker tray. Perfect for heuristic play resources, loose parts and wooden toys, it is easy for little ones to access. It works well on our wooden stand and equally as well on the floor. Hayley from @littlewiseowlschildminding loves...
  4. Linking Books to Play

    Linking Books to Play

    With an increased focus on communication and language in the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), settings and schools need to consider their provision.  Leaders will now be thinking about their current provision and whether adjustments need to be made to ensure children are given an abundance of opportunities to talk, share stories, extend their vocabulary, engage in imaginative role...
  5. Outdoor Play in Winter - a Season of Possibilities

    Outdoor Play in Winter - a Season of Possibilities

    It might be cold, damp and grey but the outdoors in winter can be an inspiring place to play and learn.  Winter offers us new experiences which are in stark contrast to spring, summer and autumn.  The change of season enables us as educators to empower children to be adventurous, explore and discover and ignite their innate drive to be...
  6. 210 tray play ideas with the Cosy Mini Deep Tuff Spot Tray

    210 tray play ideas with the Cosy Mini Deep Tuff Spot Tray

    The mini deep tuff spot tray was designed because you told us that you wanted a smaller, deeper tray. This tray fits through doors easily so can be moved indoors and outdoors without much trouble. It is also deeper to hold more water or sand. The circular tray is ideal for all the usual tray play from messy tray play...
  7. Childhood - Is Play Time Limited?

    Childhood - Is Play Time Limited?

    Is play time limited? The COVID-19 pandemic and the implications for children’s learning, play and wellbeing has led us to think about childhood and whether play is time limited. At what age do children stop playing? Or do we always play? Perhaps because we understand the benefits of play, we do all we can to facilitate it at home, in settings...
  8. Loose Parts Play - Creating a  Library – Beg, Borrow or Steal (Ok…may be not steal!)

    Loose Parts Play - Creating a Library – Beg, Borrow or Steal (Ok…may be not steal!)

    Creating a loose parts play library can be simple and fun with a few hints and tips. Loose parts for play are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, constructed and deconstructed in multiple ways. They are materials with no specific direction. Big or small, natural or man made. The recognition of the power loose parts hold in...
  9. How to make your own basic mud kitchen

    How to make your own basic mud kitchen

    From mixing and pouring, to measuring and baking, inspire children to get creative with a mud kitchen. Mud Kitchens are expensive, but with a bit of imagination you can create your own using old wooden pallets, plastic milk crates or wooden fruit crates with a wooden plank for a top or an old wooden table. Children will love creating, mixing...
  10. Cosy Fund

    Cosy Fund

    Cosy in the Community The Cosy charitable fund is a really modest fund that has been operating informally and personally since 2002. We support small table top charities and voluntary organisations. Our target is the disadvantaged kids aged 3-11 and the good guys reaching them. We know some people focus on places such as Africa to offer support and others...

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