• 5 ways to learn shapes through play

    October 8, 2017 rabbitideas

    One of the first steps towards formal learning for pre-schoolers is often starting to learn the names and features of basic shapes. This is important for future mathematical understanding as well as being able to communicate clearly with those around them; so there is benefit in ‘teaching’ 2 or 3 year olds this. However, it…

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  • 10 reasons to visit the Investigate centre- Natural History Museum

    September 24, 2017 rabbitideas

    Over the past few years, we have tried out different museums, attractions and visitor centres for things to do with toddlers, pre-schoolers and now primary-aged children, many of which are really, really good. But one place stands out as the BEST one- and we always come back, every year. The Investigate centre in the basement…

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  • 5 STEAM activities

    June 4, 2017 rabbitideas

    I’ve posted before about the rise in STEAM learning– combining Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths with the Arts. For this type of activity, we tend to rely heavily on the items in our ‘STEAM box’. Big and Little both enjoy STEAM play; Little obviously needs a lot of support at the moment, but his ideas…

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  • 19 STEAM Resources

    May 28, 2017 rabbitideas

    The importance of encouraging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activity in young children is widespread throughout early years thinking; numerous articles can easily be found on the subject, and especially on how we can all encourage more girls to engage with STEM at an early age. There is a newer development in this field;…

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  • Ladybird Literacy Tray- learning to tell the time

    April 30, 2017 rabbitideas

    This ladybird literacy tray is a fun activity to help young chidlren to explore telling the time, through a story. This week we invested in a 1m square cement mixing tray. Named “Tuff Spot” or “Tuff Tray”, this type of activity is widely used in childcare or Early Years settings. It is a space where…

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  • Stories for Maths!

    March 26, 2017 rabbitideas

    If I browse online at some of the resources available for pre-school learning, they usually fall into distinct categories, to learn about letters, shapes, colours or numbers, etc. I’ve noticed, though, that Little doesn’t think in this rigid way at all. He will happily flit from looking at ladybirds to rhyming words to cooking to digging…

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