Early Years

Spider and Web Inspired Collage

In our video, Susie is inspired by a beautiful spider in its raindrop-covered web. 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 completing the project.

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Win A Sensory Mood Cube

All orders received between 18th April 2017 and midnight on 31st July 2017 will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a mood cube worth £99.00 ex VAT.

The draw will take place on 1st August 2017 and the winner will be notified by email the same day and announced on our website.

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Win A Sensory Mood Egg

And the winner is … Elizabeth Montessori

As an Easter treat we’re automatically entering all orders placed by midnight on 16th April 2017 into a prize draw to win this fantastic Mood Egg worth £74.99 (ex VAT).

The draw will take place on Tuesday 18th April 2017 and the winner will be notified by email the same day as well as being announced on our website.

Sensory Mood Egg
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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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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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Three Resources for Early Years Creativity

Over the years I’ve come across some great resources for you to be inspired by. So here are three that I’ve found really useful:

The first one is Earlyarts who provide training, research and evidence on the benefits of the arts in early years, ‘how to’ guides and more. Read the rest of this entry »

Developing Art Activities Where The Children Can’t Fail

I’m coming to the end of my time with the toddler group. It’s been an exciting three-year journey and I’ve learnt so much from the children. I’d like to extend my thanks to all the children, and their mums, for letting me experiment on them.

When I started, I used to have long conversations with my husband about what I should do with the children. Being the one who had looked after our own children when they were young, having a theatre degree and having worked for a short while with youngsters he was a great sounding board. Read the rest of this entry »

Early Years Construction

I love presenting the children with the opportunity to do 3D work. That, and the fact that I’ve collected a mountain of bottle tops for collage, was how the idea for today’s activity was born. Read the rest of this entry »

Early Years Portrait Painting

We had fun with this project. There are loads of processes involved and each child brought their own unique interpretation to it. Some followed what we were doing and others (generally the younger children) played with all the processes.

I say this time and again, but there’s no harm in reminding you, that at this age it’s the process that matters not the product. Read the rest of this entry »