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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Sensorial Snow

As we’ve had some snow this week I thought we’d do some sensorial exploration with snow substitutes.

I used four substances to give the children four different textures to experiment with and experience. Read the rest of this entry »

Snow Pictures

As we’ve had a little bit of snow recently and it’s been really windy I thought we’d do some cold, snowy pictures. Read the rest of this entry »

Introducing New Children to the Nursery

Some children breeze into nursery without any problems whilst others cry and cry and cry. So, what can you do to help children settle?

A few years ago I was at a Montessori workshop where I heard Sarah Routledge talk about how she works with parents to help children feel at home.

She was saying that she encourages the parents to begin preparing their little ones a few weeks in advance of them actually starting. Here are three of her suggestions: Read the rest of this entry »

Crafting in the Sunshine

Oh, we had glorious weather last Thursday, so we set up for toddler group outside in the old playground (the Parish Centre was a school many moons ago). We’re also privileged that there is the most beautiful view, as the Centre sits on top of a hill overlooking Cheshire and Manchester. Read the rest of this entry »