Each activity is divided into easy-to-follow sections for simple planning and preparation.


  1. In ‘What you need’ you will find what equipment, space or resources the activity requires. We try and keep them cheap (or free) and easy to find.

  2. 'What you do' and 'What you say' guide you through delivering the session.

  3. 'Ready for More?' gives ideas for next steps and developing the activity further.

  4. 'Helpful Hints' give practical advice and safety instructions.

  5. The 'Keywords' box gives a list of words to be revisiting throughout the activity.

  6. The Development Matters statements relevant to the activity are in a blue 'Look, Listen and Note' box at the bottom of the activity. They provide a useful guide to use when assessing and planning where to go next.

  7. In the left hand panel the Curriculum links and Characteristics of Effective Learning relevant to the activity are displayed.

  8. Topics and age relevance are also in the left hand panel.

When you are searching for an activity you can filter the results by any item in the left hand panel, just by clicking on it. So if you want an activity for 3-5 year olds, using water, for Springtime, developing Moving and Handling, you'll be able to find it!

Try some free activities, to get you started...

Mark Making Mirror by Alistair Bryce-Clegg(free)

This activity is a fun way for children to make marks and to practise coordination skills.

Whisk up a Storm by Amy Arnold, Kerry Agricole and Roxanne Rutter (free)

Explore your favourite rhymes and investigate using whisks to create new and interesting patterns.

Flossie the Flea Takes a Trip by Mary Medlicott (free)

An activity to help children explore more about their emotions and how their feelings can change.

There are more free activities to show the variety of ideas on offer on Bloomsbury Early Years here.