Bloomsbury Early Years - What's New

Darker nights and delightful decorations...

As the nights are drawing in, the twinkly lights are beginning to be put up ready for the festive season. This half term sees so many opportunities for Understanding the World with the festivals of Diwali, Hanukkah and Christmas, and we have some great seasonal activities to light up your setting and ignite the children’s imagination.

We have added new activities to the site from Alistair Bryce-Clegg and Judith Harries. Take a look at Alistair’s activity on Hanukkah celebrations in Latke Flip and Judith’s Snowman Advent Chain to get you started.

You can also Explore by Topic to find activities for Winter or Ice and Snow!

Children use technology so intuitively and you will know this starts in the Early Years! With this in mind, Dawn Roper and Pamela Algie, an Apple Distinguished Educator, have written some fantastic new ideas to incorporate more use of technology into your practice. There is more that is new from Sally Featherstone too, with ideas for babies and toddlers in childminder, preschool and nursery settings.

Bloomsbury Early Years keeps growing and blooming, so look out for more new activities in the New Year.

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Latke Flip - An idea for Hannukah by Alistair Bryce-Clegg
(this activity is free)

This activity focuses on Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the World as a way of finding out more about the Jewish Festival of Lights.

Light and Dark - An idea for fun on a shoestring by Sam Goodman and Elaine Massey (this activity is free)

This activity focuses on Expressive Arts and Design, PSED, Moving and Handling and Understanding the World by exploring the changes of light and dark as the days draw in.

Coding Unplugged by Pamela Algie

With a focus on technology, this practical and engaging activity is great for developing young children's understanding of coding.

Penny Snickerdoodles (Christmas Cooking) by Sally Featherstone

This is a seasonal cooking activity to make an American Christmas treat.

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