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Monthly Archives: September 2015

  • Harvest Festival Crafts


    It's officially Autumn! Which means we can now fully embrace woolly jumpers, longer evenings and snuggling up with a hot chocolate.  Don't worry about the kids though, carry on relaxing because over the next few weeks we'll be coming up with a whole heap of themed activities to keep those little monsters entertained. Here's some we made earlier!


    Harvest Festival

    We've had a go at making our own tasty sweetcorn and plasticine bread as part of the harvest festival celebrations. Follow along our step by step guide and take a look at the items you'll need if you want to do it yourself!

    Product List - Click HERE to view and order the things you need straight from our website!

    • Green and Yellow Card - C123
    • Orange Paint - P326
    • Scissors - X111
    • Glue - A120A
    • Wooden Pattern Rolling Pins - M185

    Sweetcorn Craft

    IMG_3688Cut a large, long oval out of the yellow card - for younger children you can cut out this in advance.


    Dip your roller into the orange paint, or paint it on with a brush


    Carefully roll it across the oval to make the 'corn'


    Whilst you're waiting for it to dry, cut out two large leaves out of the green card.


    Glue them into place at the base of your sweetcorn oval and colour in the leaves with some different green tones. You could even collage on the leaves if you wanted to add an extra cutting and sticking activity.


    Your tasty sweetcorn is now complete!

    As a fun alternative to the paint roller, try painting onto bubble wrap and using it to print a dotty pattern. You could even use real corn and glue it down onto the yellow card!

    Modelling Clay Bread

    There are so many bread variations out there and each one is unique to its own country which gives you the chance to have some topic discussions related to understanding the world. Not only that but handling modelling clay is great for working on a child's fine motor skills!

    Product List - Click HERE to view and order the things you need straight from our website!

    • Clay Tools - M563
    • Colour Clay People Colours - M502
    • Dough Tools and Rolling Pin - M581


    Little ones will enjoy the feel of the modelling clay and they can explore a variety of textures using the dough tools. This activity will also give them the chance to role play with one another.

    Older children will be able to get to grips with how to plait and sculpt the dough, they can discuss the meanings behind the different types of bread and which countries they originate from. This activity is sure to bring up a variety of questions that will spark great discussions.

  • Is Statutory Information on Display in Your Nursery?

    What do Ofsted want to see on your walls?


    They could turn up at any time, so let’s make sure we’re ready!

    Here are some helpful ideas about what to display on your Nursery or Pre-School notice board:


    • The Safeguarding Children (Child Protection) referral flow chart.  Which you can download and print by clicking HERE.
    • Depending on your local authority you may have other Safeguarding posters to display around your setting so for best practice display these too.
    • A recent photograph and full name of your nursery’s Child Protection Officer and SENCO
    • If your setting has any other qualified practitioners in particular areas, i.e. Makaton or different languages, add a photo and name of these practitioners too.
    • Some useful leaflets that may help parents e.g. help with toilet training, leaflets on children’s speech and language development.
    • An explanation of any multi agencies/professionals that may visit your setting for example Speech and Language Therapists, Integrated Disability Service, if possible add a photo of these professionals.
    • Add some useful widget symbols that you use in your setting, to help children with special education needs and children with English as a second language. This demonstrates that you are an inclusive practice.


    •  Display your daily routine and timetable within the nursery.
    •  Policies and procedures such as your nursery’s illness policy and exclusion periods, admissions policy and mobile phone policy.

    This list is just a few suggestions, as there are bound to be other pieces of information you feel are important to display.

    Remember, having documentation and information easily accessible is what Ofsted like to see, so ensure that the information that is displayed is relevant and informative to your audience.

  • 'All About Me' Display Ideas

    Guess Who? Display

    We love this display that was submitted to twinkl.co.uk. Not only is it bright and colourful – it’s interactive too! The children must have had fun guessing who’s who via the cut up photographs, a great exercise to incorporate personal, social and emotional development.

    For children a bit younger, instead of painting self-portraits they could put together a paper plate face. Just stick down pre-cut out features and wool for hair!


    School Bus Display

    This school bus is a great first term display as not only will the children enjoy seeing themselves in the window but you can use it to incorporate a discussion on transport. Ask each child how they get to school in the morning, you could even do a tally chart as part of the display.

    If you aren’t able to use photos then drawings or the paper plate faces are just as good. Why not put a picture of yourself driving the bus!


    Good To Be Me Display

    This display can be easily adapted to a nursery setting. Simply ask new parents to supply a photograph and a paragraph about their child. Not only does it make the children feel important and welcome but it’s a great distraction technique to stop the tears on that first day in order for mum to sneak away unnoticed!

    If you are working with older children then you could set them the “good to be me” speech bubble as a take home task.


    Jigsaw Window Display

    Click here to download a Jigsaw Piece PDF so that you can have a go at this one yourself!

    Not only does this display help with mathematics and shapes but you can do a lovely class group activity fitting all the pieces together. Remember, tissue paper works best on windows as it lets the sunlight shine through, creating an effective stained glass window effect.


    Who Am Eye? Display

    This eye-catching display really speaks for itself! Another fun guessing game for children to take part in which links to parts of the body as well as ticking the personal, social and emotional development box. You could even add hand and foot prints around the outside.



  • Display Tips for Your Classroom

    The summer is drawing to an end and we are suddenly panic planning our classroom for the new school term. So what better way to put your children at ease than to create a lovely eye catching display - Something fun and friendly that will stimulate ideas.

    Why do we even have displays?

    A good classroom or nursery display will arouse curiosity within a child and create a visually stimulating learning environment.

    Displays are a way of passing on information and showing off good pieces of work, which in turn encourages children to create something that they aspire to see on the wall themselves.

    If a child has helped in some way towards creating the display then they will be proud of their achievement and want to show it to their parents and friends.

    But what colours?

    Depending on your setting you may have different display guidelines. Often we find that nurseries will make bright and colourful displays, whilst older schools will opt for something more neutral. But of course, it all comes down to your personal preference. Teacher knows best!


    For best results, choose one of the following schemes.

    1. Tonal - use just one colour but varying tones of it throughout a display or use more than one colour but all with the same depth of tone.
    2. Harmonious - pick colours next to each other or near each other on the colour wheel. These schemes generally give a look that's easy to be around and are tranquil and restful.
    3. Complementary - or 'contrasting' colours are opposite each other on the colour wheel. Complementary colours generally inject some life into a display as they are more daring and will make an impact.

    Neutral Tones


    Bright and Colourful

    Let's not forget interactive displays!

    A set-up that invites children to touch and handle the items on display will always be popular, you can even request that they add their own items from home. Creating a table with a range of magnets and different items to try them out on is a good idea, or for an electricity related display you could set up a small circuit and light bulb. How about a selection of feely boxes where the child puts their hand in a hole in an attempt to guess what’s inside?


    Winter Table Display

    Don’t forget about the ceiling! You can hang work across the classroom on washing lines if you haven’t got enough wall space and the occasional fabric drape is effective in drawing the eye towards pieces of work.

    Whatever display you choose to do - remember, drawing pins first, staples later! Give yourself room to make mistakes and see what works best. Good luck!

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