Maths 3d shape challenge

3d Shapes using coloured marshmallows

Whilst perusing Pinterest and Google images to look for ideas on how to encourage children in their understanding of shape, in a fun and interesting way- using play and collaborative learning, I happened to come across this lovely colourful idea that I know my littlies will adore.

There was something quite special about seeing these little blobs of colour drying out on my drying boards!

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Theses are simply mini marshmallows that bought from the supermarket, and coloured with food colours.

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What to do with a cable reel?

I have seen lots and lots of posts recently about “Cable reels” Until now I didn’t have the foggiest idea what a cable reel was, let alone what to do with it! It is now fair to say I think I could probably class myself as a cable reel expert! So fear not, if you like me, have had no clue, you too are soon to be an expert!

So first things first…

  • What on earth does one look like?

plain reel

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It’s not just a box Video…

I added a post earlier about the role play I witnessed this afternoon! I managed to capture a little of this on video…

Here we go https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmnyLiCJgS0&feature=youtu.be 

Please like and share!

And remember don’t ever say “It’s just a box!”

TaTa for now xx

It’s not a box…

Evening all!

Recently we have been having our bathroom “done”, is it sad that I was excited (and I actually mean really, really excited) about the huge cardboard boxes that the bath, unit and shower came in?

It would seem that I wasn’t alone in this excitement:- Number 2 son had also spotted the array of cardboard that I had tried to sneak out, and decided today was the day he was to claim it as his own! Joined by his little apprentice “Noah” (ironic they are now to build a boat!) they toddled off to “Play”

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Anna Ephgrave- Guest Blog “In The Moment”

I am very excited to welcome the lovely Anna Ephgrave this morning…

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If you would like to read more about Anna’s work and philosophy please pop over to …

http://www.freedomtolearn.co.uk/

Introduction

If you visited the nursery class at Carterhatch Infant School, you would see 45 children who are purposeful, calm, confident and independent.  You would see adults moving to where the children are engaged and interacting with them as they play.  You would see a superb environment that is equipped to meet the needs, interests and stages of development of each child. You would see children who are making outstanding progress.

You would not see any forward planning, nor would you see any focus activities and you would not see adults telling children which activity to do.

To work in this way involves complex arrangements and yet the reasoning is simple.  After more than 25 years teaching I am confident that this child-led approach to teaching in the early years (including Reception) is best for the children. 

In summary this is my pedagogy:-

Children are born with a natural desire to explore and learn and practitioners can support them in this.  We do this by creating an enabling environment (both physical and emotional) and through the relationships and interactions that the children experience.  We do not plan ahead, rather we remain “in the moment” with the children as they explore and learn.  We observe carefully, and enhance the learning whenever we spot a “teachable moment”.  Our observations, interactions and the outcomes are recorded afterwards.

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Day 1 Mud play!

Evening Folks,

Welcome to my first of a series of blog posts about our new “Mud Kitchen.”

So this morning our gorgeous brand spanking new sparkly Mud Kitchen, sat in the grounds of our EYFS garden, untouched, unloved and unplayed with. That was until 60 little pickles entered the building…

After doing our hello’s and sharing stories of holiday and treasured times with families, discussion turned to our newest addition to our outdoor space. Our new Mud Kitchen! The children were literally itching to get outside to take a peek. We talked about the need for ensuring we washed our hands, kept it clean for the following chef, wore water proof trousers, made sure we had wellies on….

Blah, blah, blah!!!

All they wanted to do was get in there and start “baking, cooking and digging”

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Why water play?

Splish, splash, splosh!

Having written a blog earlier today on the importance of Mud Play, I started to think more about our outdoor area, and what areas the children love the best, and what skills are being developed.

I am sure you would agree that water just attracts children like magnets! As soon as my own two kidlets see water, they have an instant need to strip off and jump in! (Oh to be 6 years old again!)

Water play, both indoor and outdoor, is a unique activity for children because it’s always available, open-ended, and provides endless opportunities for extended learning.

Rub a dub dub

So they’re just splashing, and throwing water right? Nope, not at all the children within our settings are doing much more than this. Water play encourages learning in all developmental areas. It provides opportunities for children to experiment with maths and science concepts, it helps strengthen their physical skills, advances their social and emotional skills, and also contributes greatly to their language development.

So what are they doing exactly?

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