More than 12,000 children are already signed up to join in with this inaugural event that will take place from Monday 28 January to Friday 1 February 2019. Nurseries and parents will be sharing the buzz around a host of exciting music activities.
Karen Hart suggests ways to turn old carboard boxes and paper and card into simple models and artworks which will encourage children to explore ideas to do with flight and weightlessness, developing vocabulary along the way.
Discover how this spooky celebration can provide an exciting springboard for children's creative activities, including artworks, story-telling, role-play and lots of fun with friends.
Here are five great paint activity ideas you can easily try in your setting. Whether you are looking for ideas to do inside or out, there is something here for you.
Autumn leaves are a key sign of the changing seasons and make a colourful, accessible and versatile resource for play and exploration. The beauty of them is that at this time of the year they are available in abundance – and completely free.
What could be more educational than sitting outdoors on a sunny day and looking up at the clouds? Karen Hart suggests creative activities that encourage children to engage imaginatively with the world.
Ailsa Chapman reflects on a month that saw her class celebrating the Royal Wedding in a way that encompassed many learning areas. Her next challenge is to complete 52 end-of-term reports.
Karen Hart continues her exploration of wings and flight with some creative activities, using natural resources, that will help children to begin to understand the laws of aerodynamics.
If you are a potential entrepreneur with an idea for an early years educational technology product or service we want to hear from you, says Rose Luckin, director of innovation project, EDUCATE.
There is one thing you can predict about a British summer, it is completely unpredictable! But as we know, with the right assortment of clothes, we go outside come rain or shine.
Halloween is fast approaching, but children can enjoy masks at any time of year. We suggest spooky and non-spooky options to fuel their imaginations as autumn approaches.
As we move into June our planning will take advantage of warmer days and opportunities this affords for being outside more. A teddy bear’s picnic can involve children of all ages.
Ailsa Chapman reflects on how the warm weather has had a positive impact on learning, providing inspiration for creative activities such as making ice cream parlours using tuff trays.
Children’s artistic ability never ceases to amaze me. Add a bit of nature and watch to see where children take it. The provocation here is a beautiful miniature sunflower perfectly blooming in a pot.
Now is a fantastic time for children to create artwork inspired by the seaside. Judith Harries suggests resources and ideas that will set children on an imaginative quest to model their favourite seaside objects.
How do you keep birds and other predators away from crops? Humans have been trying different methods since the dawn of farming, but one particular method has become popular the world over.
In the first of a new series, we introduce the wonderful versatility of tuff trays, and explore ways of instantly turning these hard wearing cement mixers into imaginative and provocative play resources.
We resume our series of articles that look at the possibilities for play and learning inherent in certain popular and common early years resources and materials – this month, the weather.
The fifth in our series exploring practical activities for introducing concepts that will help children in the Understanding the world area of learning – this month, we look at the science of sunlight and shadows.
Jenni Clarke explores ways to keep things simple in the early years. Our article looks at the everyday resources and materials you can use to stimulate complex play – this month, we explore feathers.
High quality provision is not about who has the most money and who can offer the latest technology or equipment and resources, but more about what you offer and the environment in which it is presented.
Jenni Clarke shares ideas for experimenting with watercolours on ready-made canvas blocks and other surfaces. Ask open-ended questions to stimulate thought and make this an unhurried project.
In her final woodwork article, Karen Hart focuses on encouraging children to work with wood in a way which lets their imaginations run freely, while developing important practical skills to fulfil their ideas.