Domed Surfaced Mirrors

Now available from Artful Dodgers is this fantastic set of Domed Surfaced Mirrors.

You can see them in action by watching the video below and buy them here on our website.

Three Ways to Use Sequin Mesh With Early Years Children

Tumbling Leaves Collage on Sequine MeshSequin mesh is a versatile material which you can use for:

Collage
Printing and painting
Sculpture

Collage
I’ve several ideas you can try with sequin mesh and making collage.

First up is the Tumbling Leaves Collage – this will help with the children’s fine motor skills as it’s quite fiddly. The children could work on a long piece of sequin mesh as a group project, either taking it in turn or working together, so they only have to add a couple of leaves. The final product looks great when pinned to a display board. Alternatively, you could cut the sequin mesh into shorter pieces for each child to work on individually.

All you have to do is thread the stalks of the artificial leaves onto the mesh. As no glue is required you can use the leaves again when you’ve finished with the exercise or finished displaying the final piece.

You could take this idea further and use any kind of threading material including wool, laces, thin ribbons and make a really colourful collage. Or you could colour theme it to fit with a season. Read the rest of this entry »

Tell By Touch Clock

This week I’m telling you about this fabulous Tell By Touch Clock suitable for children three and over. It’s a multiple resource in one. The hands move so you can teach the time. But that’s not all. Building on the success of the popular Touch and Match Boards the clock numbers also have a touch and match element to the blocks that go around the outside. This is a great piece of kit that will help with the children’s sensory development.

 

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Twin Ball Track

Over the next few weeks I’ll be telling you about all the fab new items we have for you. Plus, I’m just putting the finishing touches to our catalogue and this will be with you in May! Read the rest of this entry »

Award Winning Sensory Glitter Balls

I’m excited to announce the latest addition to our range – these fantastic Sensory Flashing Glitter Balls. But it’s not just me saying this. They’ve been awarded Gold from the Practical Pre-School Awards and Highly Commended from the Nursery World Awards.

At 100mm in diameter the balls are the right size and shape for young children to hold, to roll and to play with. They are fascinating because they contain sparkling stardust which swirls around the inside of the balls as they are moved. In addition, the balls contain a movement-activated switch which causes bright LEDs to illuminate and flicker for up to 15 seconds when they are bounced or shaken. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips to Make Your Displays More Meaningful

CollographyThere are several reasons why displaying children’s work is important.

1. It shows the children that their work is valued.
2. It can help engage parents in the learning process.
3. It can help inform you about your teaching processes.
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Early Years Easter Eggs

Easter isn’t far away now being on 27th March this year. A traditional symbol at this time of year is the egg as for many it represents the coming of new life. In pagan times it was associated with spring festivals and for Christians it denotes the resurrection. Read the rest of this entry »

Fun Easter Bonnets and Hats for Children

Here are three fantastic bonnet and hat ideas dreamed up by Sian and Justine in the office. They’re simple to make, with basic store cupboard materials, but they look amazing. The children will have a fantastic time making their bonnets then showing them off in an Easter Parade. Read the rest of this entry »

Three Early Years Picture Frame Crafts for Mother’s Day

Who doesn’t like a photo of their children? So why not have the children make photo frames you can put their pictures in for their mums for Mother’s Day? Here are three really simple, but fun, ideas for you to try with the children. Read the rest of this entry »

Valentine’s Day Early Years Craft

Valentine’s Day is a great time to be talking about love, affection and ways of expressing love.

There are many different types of love – the romantic kind, of course, but for small children this isn’t really relevant. So there’s the love for parents, siblings, friends, carers, pets and even a favourite teddy. Ask the children who they love – I’m sure there will be some surprising answers! Read the rest of this entry »