Early Years Christmas Painting and Collage

It was my last session at Toddler Group today. So when I asked what people wanted to do they said, ‘everything’.

Not very helpful really! So I decided to do the messy things because the children love it and the mums are grateful they don’t have to do it at home. Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas Cone Decorations

It was the last toddler group before Christmas this week. I thought the children could make decorations but I wanted a way of making them without being too prescriptive about it so the children still had an opportunity to use their imaginations and creativity. Read the rest of this entry »

Encapsulating Light

Last week I was asked to come up with an activity around candles and light. This was the theme at this month’s Praise and Play just before toddler group.

Easy – or so I thought. After much head scratching I decided to do a version of the tissue lanterns.

I settled for encapsulated collage where the finished piece could be taped to a window or wrapped into a tube to go round a jam jar with an electronic candle in it. Read the rest of this entry »

Chinese New Year!

Sunday February 10th is Chinese New Year and a great opportunity to have some creative fun. Read the rest of this entry »

Chinese New Year

January 23rd 2011 is Chinese New Year, but before we get to that, there’s the traditional cleaning that needs to be done. The Chinese believe that this process of cleaning clears the way for good luck in the New Year Read the rest of this entry »

Class Calendar

The New Year deserves a new calendar and a great way to get the children involved is to make a class calendar. You can use this to mark important dates, such as Easter, school holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and so on. Read the rest of this entry »

New Year Banners

As soon as Christmas is over, our thoughts turn to the New Year. The start of a new year is always exciting and a chance to start afresh. But, before we get to that, there are New Year celebrations to think about and getting the children involved in making decorations is a great way to usher in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas Cards!

Handmade Christmas cards are perfect for mum, dad, brothers, sisters, cousins... Actually, we think most people appreciate receiving a handmade card. Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas is coming…

The weather is getting chilly and the nights are drawing in – Christmas must be getting near. I’m sure many of you are thinking about Christmas trees and what could be better than handmade decorations? The ideas below are simple for little hands, great fun, super creative and, best of all, reusable! Read the rest of this entry »

Indoor Water Play

I know we usually associate water play with summer but there’re still lots of valuable lessons that can be learned inside – and plenty of fun too! Read the rest of this entry »