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    Play tray inspiration

    18 November 2020 By Cosy

    The trusty play tray is versatile and easy-to-clean, making it the ideal resource for a wide range of activities, both indoor and out. Our friends at Cosy are always creating interesting and inspiring play tray ideas – here are some of their favourites.

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  • Making maths magical through play

    10 November 2020 By Learn Well

    Make it sparkly and twinkly, make it squidgy and smelly, make it natural and textured. Let children use real things and lots of them. Let them hold them, move them, squish them, smell them, describe them and yes, count them. Doing the same thing in lots of different ways, using all of the senses, will build a strong sense of number: the awesome one, the tantalising two, the thunderous three, the fabulous four!

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    Exciting activities to help you celebrate Easter

    12 March 2020 By Mel Godley - Category Buyer for Arts and Crafts at YPO

    As the Easter holidays approach, activities and crafts are the perfect way to encourage celebrations as well as keep children occupied. We've got you covered with these easy Easter activities to incorporate in your classroom or to celebrate at home!

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    Introducing loose parts in early years

    13 February 2020 By Nicola Cowell - Nursery Manager at Bright Sparks

    We invited Bright Sparks nursery manager, Nicola Cowell, to share her thoughts on how she has introduced loose parts into every day children’s play at her nursery

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    Celebrating Chinese New Year with arts and crafts

    15 January 2020 By Melanie Godley - Category Buyer for Arts, Crafts and Creative Textiles at YPO

    Full of bright and lively celebrations, 2020's Chinese New Year is just around the corner. Help your youngsters understand the importance of discovering Chinese culture and mythology as well as bringing good luck into the new year!

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  • Nature at play

    09 May 2019 By Cosy

    The natural world offers many opportunities for learning. Here are a few specific outdoor learning activity ideas created to encourage and develop children’s fine motor skills. These ideas also work well in settings with limited access to outdoor space.

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  • Craft activities for Mother's Day

    06 March 2019 By Amelia Clutton, Category Buyer - Arts, Crafts and Creative Textiles

    Getting children to make take home gifts to coincide with key events is a great way to build relationships with parents. If you wanted to, you could even use this as a fundraising activity and ask parents to buy their child’s creation. With Mother’s Day coming up soon, we’ve provided a couple of fun craft activities you could do with children for this.

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  • Understanding the world around us

    14 January 2019 By Tilly - Kit for Kids

    As adults, we fully understand the world around us. Some of us may have even visited different countries, worked with people from different cultures or experienced nature in its purest form, perhaps on safari or on magical jungle adventures. But for the growing child, whose brain is still developing, understanding the world that surrounds them can sometimes be more complex than we expect.

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  • How Messy Play is helping children to write

    07 January 2019 By Holly, Little Learners Southport

    Little Learners is a multi award winning messy play and mark making company with over 30 franchises across the country. We are always looking for the best, most exciting products to use in our classes, which look great and are versatile for the children to make marks in. Mark making is at the heart of our mission and what we focus all of our messy play classes and activities on!

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  • Top 7 ways to make your Pritt Sticks go further

    12 December 2018 By David Garrod – Senior Category Manager – Pritt (Henkel)

    Every teacher knows the feeling. There’s three weeks of term to go and you’ve got nothing but four Pritt Sticks and a bit of willpower to get you and your 30 children through that big craft project coming up. You plead with the powers that be to get some brand new ones, but the budget’s all gone for the term.

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