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outdoor play

  1. 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...
  2. Autumn Mud Kitchen Play Ideas

    Autumn Mud Kitchen Play Ideas

    Inspire children to get outdoors and let their imaginations fly in a mud kitchen. Cafe's shops, bakeries, Pizza station, Ice Cream Cart. Children develop their gross motor skills through large mixing and stirring movements, mashing with pestle and mortars and in our giant masher and perfect their fine motor skills as they take a pinch of herbs, grass or leaves...
  3. 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...
  4. Inspirational quotes about children, nature and outdoor play

    Inspirational quotes about children, nature and outdoor play

    Outdoor play quotes help us to feel inspired to get our children outdoors, in nature. For them to feel empowered and close to nature, they help us to feel deeply about our values and our place in nature. Outdoor play quotes for children, parents and educationalists: 'If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.' Vincent Van Gogh. 'Mother...
  5. Mess is Good!

    Mess is Good!

    Play in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) can involve mess – whether that’s mud, paint, glue or baking ingredients.  Sometimes, just the term ‘mess’ and conjure up negative images of this type of play, making it seem chaotic and out of control.  However, the truth is that mess can be a sensory, hands on, practical experience.  It holds immense...
  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. Small World Play Ideas and Inspiration

    Small World Play Ideas and Inspiration

    Small world play can be a creative, inspiring way to support the learning and development of young children through play.  Through this type of play, rich opportunities can evolve which impact on development across the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).  This makes small world play a valuable part of provision, not to mention a versatile way to build on children's...
  9. Ten Ways to use a Ten Frame

    Ten Ways to use a Ten Frame

    Firstly, what is a ten frame? It is an array, a two by five rectangular frame. Our number system is based around ten and a ten frame is a visual representation of this number system. A ten frame gives children the opportunity to explore maths concepts using concrete materials and helps them to develop number sense and an understanding of...
  10. 25 Ideas for Outdoor Spring Activities

    25 Ideas for Outdoor Spring Activities

    Spring has sprung, the sun is warm and the days are longer. Spend more time outdoors; learning through play with these ideas for outdoor spring activities. Go on a bug hunt Grab a net, magnifying glass and a little bucket or bug viewer and off you go! Look under leaves, branches, in little nook and crannys. Lift logs and stones...

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