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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. Shoots, Roots and Harvesting Beetroots

    Shoots, Roots and Harvesting Beetroots

    Are you a green-fingered garden lover, or more inclined to put your feet up on the deck? We’re a bit of both at Cosy, but we know well that getting out and growing things in the garden is such a wonderful activity. Benefits of gardening with little ones are varied, from observing change over time and the sensory fun that...
  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 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...

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