• How to make Emotions Dice for preschool play

    March 22, 2018 Jenny

    Becoming familiar with, and confident at, expressing our emotions is probably a life-long journey; but one which definitely starts in the early years. Little has been learning the language of emotions, recently. We have been treated to a number of soliloquies on just how much he loves his imaginary pet, Guinnea, and indeed, how much…

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  • Polar Animals- Tuff Tray Activity

    December 13, 2017 Jenny

    With all the snow and ice around this week, it seemed fitting to create our own tuff tray activity with polar animals! There are so many ways of putting this together; foam soap, porridge oats and rice all make good ‘snow’, but we had some cotton wool so used that this time. We borrowed this…

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  • How to make a wreath for the birds- a Christmas kindness activity

    November 25, 2017 Jenny

    At this time of year, food becomes scarce for many birds and they increasingly rely on the kindness of us humans leaving some presents out for them. We decided to make this more festive by creating a wreath for the birds. It’s a great way for young children to express kindness, as well as introducing…

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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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  • Toddler Talk using the 5 ‘Ws’.

    July 9, 2017 rabbitideas

    When toddlers are getting to grips with language they often flit from one topic to another in a stream of consciousness mode. This is very endearing to listen to but it can be difficult to follow and participate in. To help build vital listening skills and to support them as they begin to refine their…

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  • Story Stones- 5 Toddler Activities

    May 14, 2017 rabbitideas

    Story stones! Whether you buy these or make your own, story stones are a useful, reusable and easily transportable resource. However, most toddlers are not yet at a stage where they can construct long or complex stories. This can lead to frustration, both for the child, and also for the adult who might feel that…

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  • It’s Spring… Let’s Go Outside!

    March 19, 2017 rabbitideas

    Now that the sun is out, it is so much easier to get outdoors. This week, at our local Forest School, we had a go at a painting activity which was totally new to both of us; using muddy water and natural, hand-made paintbrushes. Little loved this mark making activity, especially when combined with the role-play…

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  • The Art of Asking Questions… and Knowing When to Stop.

    March 12, 2017 rabbitideas

    I don’t know whether it is because we live in an age of constant assessment of young children, where every activity needs to have measurable outcomes, but I think as parents and/or early years workers, we are at risk of losing the art of asking questions. By questions, I mean the open- ended, genuine kind.…

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  • Sing a song of sixpence; keeping up the rhymes.

    January 15, 2017 rabbitideas

    Cost: Free! Human beings have been singing their children songs and rhymes long before written language developed. Most parents and early years workers already know that using rhymes and songs are important for developing children’s speaking and listening skills. This is why they feature so heavily in the Early Years Statutory Framework which nurseries, childminders,…

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