A selection of examples for Early Years Teachers
Ensure that the area looks inviting to children with the resources laid out and easily accessible.
Paints, paint brushes, stamps, sponges, stencils, paper, card, pencils, pens, paint pots, chalk, chubby stamps, glue, glue sticks, tissue paper, sequins…
Watch Verity read a story to children.
Below you can see examples of how to use the outdoor space to incorporate all areas of learning.
These books are written as stories to share with your child and include parent/staff guidance sections.
Find out how to support a fussy eater.
Guidance if your child is biting.
Join Sam who read The Gruffalo’s Child.
Note how he uses a puppet to add interest to the story session.
This is a great activity for babies who cannot crawl yet.
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This is a perfect activity to support and develop babies’ physical development as well as offering a wide range of safe sensory materials to explore. Some babies do not like to be on their tummies for too long as it quite hard work, so being with your child and using descriptive words along the way supports with longer term vocabulary building.
This activity introduces different sensory items to young children.
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This activity is perfect for children to explore different shaped items as well as the texture of items. This is great for children to start to discover and understand the world around them. Use language such as ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ as well as ‘big’ and ‘small’. For the youngest children touch and feel the items and pass them, or brush the item, onto the child’s skin. This helps with sensory processing – understanding the feel of an object. Enabling children to physically experience something enables them to have an understanding of its meaning – this is the first part of writing – they become able to make connections in play.
Gloop is an interesting mixture with a unique texture to explore and play with. Playing with Gloop is a fabulous sensory and science activity to learn about the concepts of what a solid and liquid is.
From birth, children are exploring their senses and processing new information. They begin to make sense of the world around them as they grow through the exploration of new textures, materials and resources. Sensory play is a valuable way of engaging children in activities that will heighten their senses and enrich their learning.
Active sensory play helps children become more self-aware and body-aware, which helps them develop a better sense of space around them.
Mix cornflour with water in a bowl or tray until it creates a paste.
Add a small amount of food colouring or flavouring for more fun.
As your child picks up the Gloop it will become a thick liquid which will run through their fingers and back into the bowl/tray.
Once finished, leave the Gloop overnight so that the cornflour and water separate.
You can then pour the liquid down the drain and add the solid to your bin.
The images below give inspiration when creating a baby room in your Kindergarten:
Join Amelia as she shows you how to make your own playdough.
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It is very important for staff to be able to understand and talk to children about their emotions and well-being.
The Colour Monster is a great story to help explain emotions and feelings with young children. Listen to the story read by Jodie.
A great activity which is inspired by The Colour Monster story which supports children to share their feelings and emotions in Kindergarten.
Useful information to display in rooms for staff
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