Posts Tagged ‘Artful Dodgers’

New Play Equipment and Furniture

You’ll never guess what I’ve been up to today. Well, I’ve had a fun morning checking out some new play equipment and furniture for your settings. I’m really excited about the range.

Eco-friendly
The wooden items are made from eco-friendly rubber wood – a sustainable hardwood which is a waste product of the rubber industry. Basically, when the rubber trees have completed their latex producing cycle the trees are felled and new trees usually planted. But, not only is it very eco-friendly, it is a really dense, smooth and hard wearing wood making it ideal for children’s play equipment and toys. Read the rest of this entry »

Year Five – Solar System Project

I had a change this week from the toddlers. Instead I was in my son’s year five class talking about the solar system for their day and night topic. The teacher had asked me to come in as an ‘expert’ because astronomy is my hobby. Read the rest of this entry »

Chocolate Part One

Easter is coming up and I imagine there’ll be plenty of chocolate covered fingers and faces for a week or two. But is chocolate something you really want to be giving your kids, especially in these times of growing obesity? Let’s have a look at the facts. Read the rest of this entry »

Yellow and Purple Multi Media Pictures

There’s a great walk near us in the Peak District where, in May, you’ll find the fields full of yellow cowslips and purple wild orchids. It’s stunning. And now the daffodils are in full bloom along with crocuses, forsythia and primulas. Read the rest of this entry »

Easter

We can’t get to this time of year without mentioning Easter. It falls on 20th April this year and will, I’m sure, be another egg-stravaganza (sorry about that, I couldn’t resist!) of chocolate, chicks, bunnies and simmnel cake. Mmm… can’t wait! Read the rest of this entry »

Paper Friends

Mark making with large child-shaped paper for the toddlers this week. And what fun we had. Read the rest of this entry »

NaPoWriMo

April is NaPoWriMo – that’s National Poetry Writing Month for those who don’t know. As such, it’s a great time to get the kids to have a go at writing poems. Read the rest of this entry »

Early Years Printing

Often the first print children will make is a handprint. It’s easy and they’ll do it spontaneously when given the opportunity to play with paint. They’ll either dip their hand in the paint if it’s on a flat pallet or, carefully paint their hand with a brush before pressing it down on the paper. Then they’ll smile with delight at the mark they’ve made. Read the rest of this entry »

Mother’s Day

This is always one of our favourite days at Artful Dodgers, so we stock up on pretty things for the little ones to use in their creative efforts for their lovely mums. And, we gather them all together into one section, not surprisingly called Mothers Day, so you don’t have to go searching all over the place to find them. Read the rest of this entry »

Sensorial Sensations

This week at toddler group we went all sensory. Three activities were set up for the children to explore texture, manipulation and organization. The children were free to move between the activities as they chose. Read the rest of this entry »