• 7 Ways to celebrate World Book Day- Without Dressing Up

    February 10, 2018 Jenny

    World Book Day is fast approaching. This annual event is run by UNESCO, to promote reading, publishing and copyright. Here in the UK we celebrate it on the first Thursday in March. World book day is a great opportunity for children to celebrate and share their favourite books. They can also collect their very own book, with tokens…

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  • Dear Zoo parcels

    Dear Zoo Toddler Activity

    February 2, 2018 Jenny

    What makes Dear Zoo (by Rod Campbell) so popular and successful? Is it the simple plot, repetitive structure, the interactive nature of the flaps to open, the bold images using bright blocks of colour? Probably all of the above, as well as the opportunity to begin to draw ‘character’ from the most basic of details…

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  • 9 Ways to support Early Literacy in your community.

    December 27, 2017 Jenny

    Have you got any New Years Resolutions?  Every January there is a surge of people attempting to have a fresh start, kick old habits and start new, more meaningful ones. Most of these; eat healthily, exercise, save money, commit to a new hobby, tend to focus on the individual and what we hope to achieve…

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  • Learning to Read CVC Words- Through a Fine-Motor Activity

    November 20, 2017 Jenny

    Early reading and phonics is a hot topic these days. There are arguments about how early is ‘too early’ to start phonics with young children. Some people think that children are pushed into formal learning at too young an age, whilst others are keen to encourage children to read and write as soon as they…

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  • 7 Activity ideas to get the most out of your play dough.

    November 2, 2017 Jenny

    Play dough is such a versatile resource. For the Early Years stage (0-5 yrs), it can be used to explore virtually any topic or practice a whole range of skills. But sometimes we all run out of steam and children do get bored with the same activity again and again, so here are 7 activity…

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  • Ever used cork boards for literacy activities?

    October 18, 2017 Jenny

    Cork board matching activities are so versatile you could use them for virtually any type of literacy task. With young children, they also take on the added challenge of helping to develop fine motor skills. Here are three ideas which we have had a play with this week: Matching Letters: This one is really straightforward…

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  • Letter Twist!

    September 17, 2017 rabbitideas

    Little is an active child. He is full of energy and is not a fan of sitting down to learn letters. In educational terms, he seems to be a kinaesthetic learner (although I think it is too early yet to label him as such for life- time will tell!). So, to make sure that he…

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  • Journey- a review by ‘Big’

    July 30, 2017 rabbitideas

    We have both Journey and Quest on our shelves. They are lovely, wordless picture books, beautifully illustrated, by Aaron Becker Here are some of Big’s comments about the story: Little’s analysis is slightly different: “This story is all about animals eat some boats”. He likes the part when “The balloon goes all the way up…

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  • D is for Dinosaur

    July 23, 2017 rabbitideas

    Repetition. It can be frustrating when toddlers are going through this phase; but it is the way they learn best. Introducing a new concept gently, then repeating it in as many different ways and contexts as possible. Today, D was for dinosaurs. Drawing around a wooden letter created a clear outline which could be followed…

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  • 11 Recommendations for Read-Aloud Picture Books 

    June 25, 2017 rabbitideas

    I recently asked a brilliant group of Early Years Professionals from the UK, Europe and the US for recommendations of picture books to read aloud with young children. There was a fantastic response and we had a great on-line chat about these books and more. Below is a list of the books suggested, we have…

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