Posts Tagged ‘early years’

Winter Berries Inspired Sculpture for Early Years

In our video, Susie is inspired by beautiful crab apples and berries to create a dynamic, moving sculpture. Show the children the video to help them develop an awareness of their environment and learn how to look carefully at what they see. Then let them respond to what they have seen by creating their own three dimensional piece.

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Using Crayons on a Large Scale

This is an activity I saw on Facebook so I thought I’d try it out with the tots. It’s a bit like creating snow angels but with crayons. Tape a large sheet of paper to the floor (I used two sheets of poster paper cut from a roll), sit on the paper then, with a crayon in each hand, repeatedly move your arms in a sweeping motion at your side. Two arcs will appear. If you want to make a circle then shuffle round on the spot and repeat.
So, that was the plan. Read on to find out what actually happened. Read the rest of this entry »

Dots, Spots and Circle Printing for Early Years.

Printing is one of the six key areas you should be covering in early years art. The others are mark making, painting, collage, 3D and textiles.

So this week I gave the tots a printing project. I gathered together a variety of materials in different sizes to make prints with including:

Cardboard rolls
Pom poms
Poppy plastic
Sponges from the finger dip bowls
Polystyrene pizza trays
Corks
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Five Must Reads for Early Years

The National Association for the Teaching of English and the TES magazine have just released their list of ‘must reads’ for children. In the top ten there are five books aimed at nursery aged children: Read the rest of this entry »

Big C and Small c Creativity

I bet you didn’t know there are two different categories of creativity. I didn’t until I started looking into it. But those people who think about these things have identified and named these as ‘Big C’ and ‘small c’ creativity.

‘Big C’ Creativity
This refers to an elite definition of creativity. This is reserved for people who have come up with something that makes a difference in the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Essential Early Years Play- a great way to learn!

Early years play is vital for the development of all children. Through play, babies and young children learn how to interact with their world, and the other people in it, by developing social and emotional skills. Read the rest of this entry »