Posts Tagged ‘early years learning’

Autumn Tree Paint and Scratch Pictures for Early Years

In our video, Susie is inspired by a beautiful red acer bush to create a vibrant red and green painting. 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 painting.

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Magical Mystery Balls

I’m really excited to tell you about the latest addition to our early years ball collection – these amazing Mystery Balls.

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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.

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3D Modelling with Early Years

One of the key elements in visual art is form – shape in three dimensions. So you should be including form in your art planning.

There are loads of different materials you can use for modelling but you can start by introducing the children to different clays and doughs. Today we used silk clay and foam clay. But mineral clay is also a fantastic medium as is dough. Read the rest of this entry »

Autumn Colours Round and Round Painting For Early Years

Children love painting. It’s a great medium for giving immediate satisfaction – especially if you use the right sort of paint. I use ready mixed paint from our mixed box of twelve which is thick, creamy and comes in great colours.

Colour Mixing
As autumn is here with chilly, misty mornings and fading light, I chose to use the colours that brighten up the shortening days – red, yellow and pink. I didn’t include the orange as I wanted the children to discover that this can be made by mixing yellow and red. Read the rest of this entry »

Busy Verses Simple Classrooms To Aid Learning In Early Years

This week I’ve got a very interesting video for you to watch that I found on the TES website. You’ll find it especially useful if you’re thinking about the way your setting is laid out.

The video covers the debate about busy verses simple classroom layout to help with early years learning. This includes the furniture, toys and displays. It’s only half an hour long, so grab a cup of tea and see which side of the debate you agree with. Enjoy!


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Five Early Years Autumn Projects

Autumn will soon be here. So, now is a great time to start your autumn planning. Here are five project ideas to help you think.

When Does Autumn Officially Begin?

Well that depends on who you talk to. The weather men and women will say it’s on 1st September as they split the year up into neat, three monthly periods for easy year on year comparison of weather and temperatures. Read the rest of this entry »

Early Years Mark Making with Chalk and Markers

Most children enjoy sitting down and drawing. And drawing is one of the areas of artistic experience that should be made available to young children as their scribbles are the precursor to writing, drawing recognisable symbols and pictures. Or put another way ‘Scribbling is to drawing as babbling is to talking.’ (William Stein) Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Printing with Poppy Plastic

First toddler group of 2015 and we had lots of messy fun printing with poppy plastic, hands and finger tips.

This was very easy to set up – I simply squirted some ready mixed paint on to sponges set into finger dip bowls, let the children choose which colour sugar paper they wanted to use and away we went. Read the rest of this entry »