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...Introduction Taking care of the setting and equipment is an important aspect of any educational setting. It is too easy to do all the clearing up yourself, but much more educationally sound to teach children to do it themselves. Suitable...
...Introduction This activity is about self-assurance and confidence in the use of a tool for cutting. It's not about accurate cutting out.What you need Child's scissors (i.e. ‘safe’ scissors with rounded ends) Plenty of scrap paper (junk...
...Introduction Bright colours (red, green, orange, yellow) stimulate the brain and encourage lively activity. Darker colours and most shades of blue are more calming and relaxing. What colours should you use to paint the rooms in your setting...
...Introduction Not only is finger painting great fun for children, but it also helps children to isolate single fingers, particularly their index or first finger, which will help with early writing skills. Using hands and fingers to feel...
...Introduction Traditional games are in danger of being lost if they are not introduced to very young children at home and in early years settings. Many of these traditional games encourage listening and sound discrimination, and others can...
...Introduction Children need to practise all sorts of routines, such as washing their hands, clearing up toys, undressing and dressing. Using a soft toy or doll to talk through and practise these routines helps fix the routine...
...Introduction Making simple dough is good for hand and finger muscles and provides essential experience of malleable materials. Wrist, hand and finger muscles are all important for drawing and writing. Start young!What you need Flour Water...
...Introduction Singing supports learning to speak, listen, read and write. They are the way children experiment with the words they know and get a feeling for rhythm and alliteration. Sing in the garden, on walks and visits, while waiting...
...Introduction Create a sound table and make it a permanent feature of your setting.What you need A few starter objects for your chosen sound of the day or the week.What you do Introduce the children to the idea of a sound table. Talk about...
...Introduction Incorporating games with sounds into the daily life of your setting is one easy way to make sure you are exposing children to the key components of speaking and listening. The games need not be long or complicated: for most...