Posts Tagged ‘toddlers’

How to Ask Open Ended Questions!

Chinese Girl PaintingI’ve been boning up on making art with Early Years and in many of the papers it says to ask the children lots of open ended questions. That’s great but it’s not something that is very easy to do unless you fully understand what an open ended question is and why it’s good to ask them. So, here’s a quick guide. Read the rest of this entry »

Valentine’s Cards and Pictures

Hearts are the order of the day with it being Valentine’s craft. So I spent some time picking out all the hearts from the acrylic gems, plastic beads and shiny fabric shapes I have in my toddler group craft stash. If you have time this would be a great shape-sorting activity to do with children. 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 »

Neverland and Oz

I love May! Why? Because I’ve just found out that two famous children’s authors have their birthdays in this month, which allows me to indulge in some of my favourite stories. And, I’m sure they hold a place in your heart too. The two people in question are J.M. Barrie and L.Frank Baum – the authors of Peter Pan and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but I’m sure you’ve already guessed that from the title of the blog. J.M. Barrie was born on 9th May, 1860 and L. Frank Baum on the 15th May, 1856. So, this is a great opportunity to introduce these wonderful stories to your kids.

These two classics have been made into films, audio books and there’s animated TV series’ too. So there’s no shortage of material for you to use in class. And the number of arts and crafts there are to choose from is staggering. Here’s a great little hand puppet project to get you started. And our felt remnants are perfect for the job.

Creating maps of Neverland is another fun craft idea. Here’s a great example – Neverland map – tea bags and tearing the edges of the paper are a great way to make it look old.

I know that the film The Wizard of Oz is a classic – one of the most viewed films of all time in fact. However, it differs significantly from the books. In the film Dorothy is depicted as a ‘damsel in distress’ who needs saving. But, she was originally written as the one doing the saving. And, the time she spent in Oz was real, not a dream!

If you want to listen to the original books here they are:

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz audiobook

Peter Pan audiobook

And, if you fancy a little sing-a-long (and we all know the benefits of singing for kids), here’s a video of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ along with the text and another with the ever-so-catchy ‘We’re off to see the Wizard’.

Now, what do you imagine when I say Peter Pan? I bet you see a handsome young lad with a cute green outfit, pixie boots, pointy ears and a shock of strawberry-blond hair trying to escape from his cap. I’m not surprised, as that’s the image Disney created. However, J.M. Barrie never described Peter in detail – leaving it to the imagination of the readers. In fact, according to Wikipedia, Barrie describes him as a ‘beautiful boy with a beautiful smile, clad in skeleton leaves and the juices that flow from trees” – whatever that means! So, you could get the kids to draw what they think he would look like – I’m sure that would be interesting given the vagueness of that description.

I hope you have great fun using these two classics as the basis of some super arts and crafts. Do send us some pictures for our gallery – we’d love to see them. And you can win yourself a £20 voucher to spend on our site.

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Ooo it’s Nearly Halloween!

In my opinion Halloween is one of the most fun days of the year and I’m sure most kids will agree. It gives them the chance to go wild dressing up, including some super face painting, carve pumpkins and scare the living daylights out of their neighbourhood by trick or treating. Read the rest of this entry »

International Day of Peace

“It is not enough to teach children how to read, write and count. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the world in which we live, and help people forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies.” – Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General Read the rest of this entry »

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Oh what fun! September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day – a history lesson and the chance to act like a pirate all rolled into one! And, kids will take any opportunity to play at dressing up, so why not have a day of face painting, learning about pirate life and eating pirate inspired food? Read the rest of this entry »

Roald Dahl Day

September 13th is officially Roald Dahl Day. And it’s special this year because not only is it Dahl’s birthday, but it falls on a Friday too. Argghhh… Friday 13th! Anyway, this means that the theme for the day is characters that caused mischief in Dahl’s stories. Read the rest of this entry »

International Literacy Day

September 8th is International Literacy Day. As the name suggests, this day is held to highlight the plight of the 780 million adults in the world today who can neither read nor write. Read the rest of this entry »

Yorkshire Day!

Well, this is a new one for me – Yorkshire Day! Who’d have thought it? It seems the good people of England’s largest county are very proud of where they come from and want to celebrate it. Read the rest of this entry »