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  1. Why Fine Motor Skills are Important

    Why Fine Motor Skills are Important

    Fine motor skills are those small, intricate hand and finger movements.  Children's muscles can take time to evolve as the brain builds important connections.  This is achieved through practice, with some children finding it easier to master the skills than others.  Why are fine motor skills important? Fine motor skills are an important factor in early writing.  Children need strong...
  2. Acorn activity ideas

    Acorn activity ideas

    Acorns can be used in play in a variety of ways. They are perfect during the autumn months. Acorns usually drop from their trees late summer, early autumn. Acorns are the fruit of the oak tree. They contain the seeds that can grow new oak trees, and falling to the ground is part of the tree's lifecycle – this is how...
  3. Orange Pepper Pumpkin Carving activity for Halloween

    Orange Pepper Pumpkin Carving activity for Halloween

    This Orange Pepper Pumpkin Carving activity for Halloween is perfect for little hands to make. So much easier than pumpkin carving and gives children the independence to carve their own spooky Halloween orange pepper pumpkin. Why not roast them once made to see how they turn out or just eat them up as a tasty snack. Orange Pepper Pumpkin Carving...
  4. Autumn play ideas in the early years

    Autumn play ideas in the early years

    For so many people Autumn is their favourite time of year. The beautiful colours, natural treasures, the smell of autumn, fallen leaves and autumn crafts. Autumn begins in September and is a season famous for its harvest times, turning leaves, cooling temperatures and darkening nights. Did you know that Chlorophyll is the chemical that makes tree leaves green and as...
  5. Feed children’s imagination with 5 outdoor art activities

    Feed children’s imagination with 5 outdoor art activities

    Art and Creative Expression helps the development of children’s imagination, creativity and their ability to use and explore different media and materials. Outdoor art activities encourage children to explore with nature. “Art is as natural as sunshine and as vital as nourishment.” MaryAnn Kohl Art includes a wide range of activities. From exploring colours, textures, making music, singing songs, to...
  6. Inspiring ideas on how to create a fairy garden

    Inspiring ideas on how to create a fairy garden

    Welcome to the realm of the fairies, pixies and elves. If you're close enough you may even spot a mischievous tree troll! Below we explore creativity, imagination and share ideas on how to create a fairy garden. This is the beauty of imaginative play like that of a fairy garden - it allows children to explore their own imaginations. It’s...
  7. Our best sand and water play ideas

    Our best sand and water play ideas

    Get stuck into experiential play with these sand and water play ideas. Set up a water wall and sand area for children to explore and experiment. Below we share our best sand and water play ideas to inspire you: Water Play Ideas A water wall is perfect for experimenting with the forces and flow of water. Children love playing with...
  8. Creating a Culture and Ethos Around Outdoor Play

    Creating a Culture and Ethos Around Outdoor Play

    In these COVID times, the power of outdoor play is becoming even more widely recognised.  Settings are spending more and more time outdoors, with some becoming fully outdoors based.  Not only does being outdoors reduce the risk of COVID transmitting, but it’s also an empowering space to play in it’s own right.  However, outdoor play is not merely a matter...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...

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