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  1. 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...
  2. Science Activities to do at home

    Science Activities to do at home

    I have enjoyed seeing all the science themed plays for Cosy Science Week and British Science Week. I have provided a list of Science Activities that you can create at home with your little ones! In my experience Science can be quite daunting to parents especially if they didn’t enjoy science at school or don’t have a passion for it...
  3. Sand and Water: 24 Inspiring, Low Budget Ideas

    Sand and Water: 24 Inspiring, Low Budget Ideas

    Sand and water are beautiful natural resources that children are able use freely and in an open-ended way; one that can be determined by themselves. Sand and water play is a fully inclusive form of play as all children can play with them, no matter their age or ability. It doesn’t matter what developmental level a child is at; sand...
  4. 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...
  5. Exploring Small World Play: the impact on children's development

    Exploring Small World Play: the impact on children's development

    Small world play is a valuable element of an enabling environment in the Early Years and beyond. This type of play is exactly as described – play on a small scale which represents particular scenarios or environments. These play experiences can be set up in tuff spots, on cable reels, under a tree, on a table, in a suitcase…the limits...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 15 Multi-Functional Ideas for Small Outdoor Spaces

    15 Multi-Functional Ideas for Small Outdoor Spaces

    We know that some of you only have small outdoor spaces, whether that be at school, in a nursery or childcare setting, home garden, childminding or pack away group setting. Here we give multi-functional ideas for small outdoor spaces that are totally adaptable, multi-functional resource ideas for a range of activities. Shedlets Perfect for the space-hungry setting, to house all...
  9. 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...
  10. Christmas Tray Play and Activity Ideas

    Christmas Tray Play and Activity Ideas

    We love tray play here at Cosy and Christmas is a fabulous time of year for doing all your festive crafts and activities in your tray. Containing the mess! We have collated all the wonderful Christmas tray play and activity ideas that we get tagged in to inspire you, along with some of our Cosy Creative's Christmas tray play ideas...

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