Physical development

Cross curricular: Wrap up!

'There's no such thing as bad weather – just inappropriate clothing,' as the saying goes. Use children’s colourful winter clothing as a link to many areas of learning.

Physical development: Full of beans

Beanbags are easy for young children to hold, catch and throw. They can be visually pleasing, tactile and can have the added element of weight, smell and sound. Jenni Clarke shares some simple, fun and increasingly challenging physical activities to share with young children.

Autumn leaves – try these five creative activities!

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.

Steady under foot

When we talk about fine motor skills and coordination, it is often only hand-eye coordination that we consider. However, foot-eye coordination is just as important, says Kathy Brodie.

At full tilt

Challenging play is all about opportunities for extending physical limits and experiencing excitement – along with a little fear and uncertainty. From this children ultimately gain self-esteem and resiliance.

Ground patrol

Taking risks is how young children develop strength, balance, co-ordination and body awareness. In part two of this series Jenni Clarke investigates how loose parts placed outdoors can build and challenge skills. For three-years and older.

Marvellously messy!

Don’t be surprised if your child comes home from pre-school looking a little grubby. They will have been exploring messy play, an activity which is all about tactile exploration, says Annette Rawstrone.

Chip off the block

The final article in this series focuses on children using real tools while creating and building outside. The benefits include building core body and arm strength, hand-eye co-ordination and concentration.

Whatever the weather we play

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.

Keeping hold of your gnashers

Friday 5th October marks World Smile Day, which provides a timely reminder about the need to look after our teeth, but also links to fun activities and storytelling opportunities.

Physical development

With Ofsted’s recent announcement that its inspectors would put a greater emphasis on movement, exercise and control activities, how can childminders get children moving?

Chip off the block

The final article in this series focuses on children using real tools while creating and building outside. The benefits include building core body and arm strength, hand-eye co-ordination and concentration.

Providing a ‘secure hub’

What should practitioners begin to think about when a two-year-old in their care is diagnosed with a muscular degenerative condition? Joelle Bergin suggests a practical approach that supports the child, family and staff.

A chance to see the sights

The first in a series of articles that will explore the classic five senses, introduces ways to investigate and explore each sense alongside cross-curricular activities to reinforce learning – this month, sight.

Coming, ready or not...

Children love to play a game of hide and seek, and joining in and playing with them can enhance learning in prime and specific areas, build strong caring relationships and create plenty of fun.

Hear this, here and now

The second in a series of articles that will explore the classic five senses, introduces ways to investigate and explore each sense alongside cross-curricular activities – this month, hearing.

You have to hand it to them

This article will offer a selection of activities designed to engage you and your children in thinking about how important our hands, and what we do with them, are. From talking to mark making to getting messy!

Planning menus to meet the voluntary guidelines

The foundation stage includes a requirement for food and drink. We must ensure children are offered a healthy, balanced diet, based on a variety of foods from the four food groups from the Eatwell Guide.

Learning to be a writer: why play really matters

To be a writer, children need experiences similar to those associated with play – testing skills through trial and error, exploring ideas imaginatively and creating something providing a sense of accomplishment.

Physical development – Limited or limitless?

We, unwittingly, limit children every day. It can happen through the language we use, it sometimes happens through the rules and routines we set up, or that are put in place for us. It commonly happens through planning.

90th anniversary celebrations

One of the most iconic names in early education, with its pioneering outdoors learning environment, Chelsea Open Air Nursery, whose founders included Dr Susan Isaacs, continues to inspire.

Play, come rain or shine

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.

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