Nature

  1. Marvellous Minibeasts

    Marvellous Minibeasts

    Minibeasts are a source of endless fascination for children...and often grown ups too. This interest might stem from finding bugs in the garden, a change in the seasons and the emergence of bees and butterflies or a book the children have particularly enjoyed. Educators can extend this interest, covering all seven areas of learning across the Early Years Foundation Stage...
  2. Explore the Wonders of Nature

    Explore the Wonders of Nature

    Getting outdoors to explore nature is a vital part of early years education, and childhood as a whole. A well-planned learning environment, indoors and outside, is an important aspect of pedagogy. It can be as simple as grabbing your wellies and going on a bug hunt. Renowned educator Charlotte Mason shares that you should ‘never be indoors when you could...
  3. The Big Garden Bird Watch - Activities with Children

    The Big Garden Bird Watch - Activities with Children

    Are you ready for the RSPB's Big Garden Bird Watch? What activities have you got planned? We have a few ideas below. Did you know that we have lost 38 million birds from UK skies in the last 50 years, so it really is vital we do all we can to look after our birdlife (source: RSPB). Children love to...
  4. Wonderful Wicker - Creating a more Natural, Cosy Classroom or setting

    Wonderful Wicker - Creating a more Natural, Cosy Classroom or setting

    Wonderful Wicker! Creating a natural, cosy classroom or setting can be so beneficial to the well-being of both children and staff alike. Adding wicker elements helps to break up the space, creating a more cosy, natural environment. From our cosy wicker pods and dens to a wicker archway - both can be staple pieces in creating a more natural space...
  5. Cosy Green Christmas Activity Ideas

    Cosy Green Christmas Activity Ideas

    A inspiring selection of all the wonderful sustainable Cosy Green, upcycled and recycled Christmas and festive activity ideas. From activities and crafts using upcycled cardboard boxes, egg boxes, clippings from the tree, wooden pallets and cable drums. Check out all these wonderful Recycled and Green Christmas activity ideas from our Cosy Club members and Cosy Creatives. Christmas crafts - making...
  6. Ideas for creating a natural classroom

    Ideas for creating a natural classroom

    Create a natural classroom both inside and out with these ideas for creating a natural classroom - from resources to furniture. From Hessian fabric for display, through to loose parts, natural construction, cosy wicker reading or den pods and furniture - let us inspire you. Cosy and Natural is what we do best Your natural classrooms A wicker Arch...
  7. Autumn Book Inspiration

    Autumn Book Inspiration

    Autumn is a lovely time to read to children and talk about nature. There is so much to learn about the seasons and the very visible changes that occur all around us. We know that so many of you use books in your setups and we get tagged in so many wonderful ideas that we felt it would be great...
  8. Autumn crate shelfie Ideas

    Autumn crate shelfie Ideas

    Autumn is a special time of year and with lots to discover, play with and learn about. Seasons, falling leaves, conkers and lots of natural loose part treasures to collect on your autumn walks. Crates make great locations for setting up areas for children to discover. Crates can be packed up and taken outdoors too. We have gathered some of...
  9. Autumn Tray Play Activity Ideas

    Autumn Tray Play Activity Ideas

    We get tagged in so many wonderful tray play activity ideas that we wanted to share with you some of our favourite autumn tray play activity ideas from our cosy club members. From regular tuff trays of varying colours, to mirrored spot trays and mirrored magnetic tray and of course our heuristic wicker tray, there are so many options for...
  10. 20 ways to play with conkers

    20 ways to play with conkers

    We get tagged in some wonderful ways to play with conkers and so we wanted to share these with you in this blog post. Did you know that Conkers is a traditional children's game in Great Britain and Ireland played using the seeds of horse chestnut trees—the name 'conker' is also applied to the seed and to the tree itself...

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