Outdoor Play

  1. Choosing a Mud Kitchen

    Choosing a Mud Kitchen

    A Mud Kitchen is a must in an early years setting. Children love to create their own dishes with natural treasures, such as mud, flowers, herbs, stones and sticks. Add recipe cards and create an area where children can be engaged and involved in their play for a long period of time. With an array of mud kitchens to choose...
  2. Water Play: Let's Get Talking

    Water Play: Let's Get Talking

    Water play can be immensely fun for children but at the same time has a tremendous impact on communication and language development. We know that the focus on this area of development is particularly important following the publication of the revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). When children play with water, it is very much a social experience - just...
  3. Explore and Investigate in the Garden

    Explore and Investigate in the Garden

    In recent years, outdoor play and adventures has become a priority for many families! We have all learned why... Being in nature and the great outdoors is great for our health, wellbeing and for connecting with this beautiful planet we all call home.  Here are 5 simple activities that you can do with your child in the great outdoors, perhaps...
  4. Phonics outdoors: Learning through Play

    Phonics outdoors: Learning through Play

    We know that reading helps pupils to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually and socially. We also know that phonics is a key element in helping children to become successful readers. Phonics is a method that helps children decode words using phonemes. Before we get to the fun part, let’s cover some basic terminology.  Phonics - Phonics teaches children to listen to...
  5. Sustainable Bamboo resources

    Sustainable Bamboo resources

    Bamboo is used to make a huge range of products these days from toothbrushes to textiles and our popular bamboo resources such as water chutes and channeling, sorting trays and counting pots. But how sustainable is Bamboo? It can be harvested in 3 years so is relatively fast-growing compared to trees which can be from 10-20 years. This makes it...
  6. Pre-Writing & Letter Formation

    Pre-Writing & Letter Formation

    What are they and why are they important? Pre-writing patterns bridge mark-making and letter formation. They take children from more free movement in their mark-making to more controlled movements and movements which mimic the strokes required for writing letters later on down the line. When should they be introduced? Ideally when a child is beginning to show some control over...
  7. Physical Development in the Early Years

    Physical Development in the Early Years

    The scope for Physical Development has changed considerably in recent times - no longer meaning football for boys and netball for girls. This aspect of physical education is now much more diverse and inclusive, incorporating a range of activities, resources and opportunities. We are losing the stereotypes, opening up the sports experience to many more children. @homeplaylearn We better understand...
  8. Construction Play

    Construction Play

    Children love construction play. As they play, they are building a myriad of skills which feed into all areas of learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Construction play, however, should never be limited just to the EYFS - not only is it fun but can impact on learning linked to the National Curriculum. Please see links...
  9. 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...
  10. Sand and Water Play Ideas

    Sand and Water Play Ideas

    Sand and water play are vital sensory experiences for early years and beyond. They lend themselves well to the hands on learning style which appeals to most children. The learning potential is huge but these areas of provision can sometimes needs a little inspiration. We hope that the ideas in this blog will inspire you with your sand and water...

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