Understanding the World
Resources for understanding the world in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
- Comprehensive Museum of London materials to support learning using museums and galleries
- Persona doll training: resources and information from this international organisation that promotes equality and inclusion and challenges discrimination in child-friendly ways
- Amaze is a Brighton & Hove and Sussex-based organisation offering advice and support to families of children with special needs and disabilities
- Science Sparks hosts a wealth of great hands-on activities to develop children’s awareness of the world around them
- Mud kitchen….mud lab? Be inspired by the Muddy Faces Facebook page
- The FREE Stonewall publication Getting started: celebrating difference and challenging gender stereotypes in the early years foundation stage is available online
- The FREE Making a Mud Kitchen book has been available for a while from Muddy faces – download a fresh copy if yours is now too muddy to read!
People and communities
- Global wallplanner of international days and celebrations from Global Dimension.
- Support children’s awareness of others through these excellent books recommended by EMAS, great for Refugee Week: Welcome, Lost and Found and for older children My Name is Not Refugee. A reminder to also think about Paddington Bear, who was a refugee from Peru, and a further suggestion is to develop artwork using the Refugee Week logo as inspiration as found at the top left of the Project Paddington web page.
- International Mud Day is on 29 June
- An inspiring narrative about dandelion jam from Muddy faces. Further dandelion recipes from Muddy Faces are here
- Some seaside activities from Muddy Faces: make a beach pebble path for Mr Gnome!
- Some festive sensory ideas to try – gingerbread slime, peppermint playdough, cinnamon, ice and pine…..
- Although designed for a sandy beach, try these beach detective ideas from Kids Craft Room to develop older children’s imagination and language using a large sand tray, indoors or out!
- Irresistible egg themed playdough idea from the Imagination Tree: see this way of combining dough with small world or small collections.
- Done frozen dinosaurs – and frozen trolls? Try this frozen cars activity from Little Bins for Little Hands…or this ice cave idea from Alistair Bryce-Clegg.
- Work your way through this great ABC of playdough ideas, from the Imagination Tree.
- Beautiful, FREE online pamphlets about outdoor play and using clay are available from the Froebel Trust.
- See this record of the varied learning directions taken by children during play with slushy snow and open ended resources, by Creative Star Learning.
- Create a wormery with your children, from BBC Gardening.
- A FREE booklet is downloadable from Teachernet, ‘Outstanding learning in the outdoors’.
- Mud kitchens - a reminder to ‘keep it fresh’.
- Barefoot safari, charcoal paint and more – see these unusual FREE resources from Learning Through Landscapes.
- The Visit My Farm website is a great resource when thinking of a farm visit.
- Tractor Ted’s Farm School has yet more FREE ideas to try with a seasonal focus.
- Thinking of a nursery pet? The RSPCA guidance on keeping pets in schools makes a thought-provoking read
- A format to consider as an audit for your outdoor provision
- An interesting blog about developing a water area outside, from Creative Star Learning.
- Muddy activities – see these great ideas from the Woodland Trust
- Tried and trusted water play ideas from the First Discoverers website.
- Log your nature observations using a DIY garden chalkboard from Sun Hats and Welly Boots, or make a nature treasure hunt wheel, from Mothernatured
- The Busy Things resource and website comes highly recommended by local colleagues.
- Elf Challenges: seasonal challenges that speak for themselves! From Science Sparks.
- Designing and making challenges: try these seasonal ideas with older children, which could easily be adapted for other celebrations. From Science sparks.
- Economical idea for young children from Science Sparks.
- Ideas from the Institute of Civil Engineers, based on well-known stories and rhymes (PDF)
- A FREE, comprehensive booklet with case studies about using ICT to develop children’s learning is available from the East London Early Years and Schools Partnership.
- See this joint UK/Swedish project, We Think Everywhere, which explores the creative uses of digital media in early childhood. A short video gives a further flavour of the project.
- Enjoy some seasonal scientific problem-solving from Science Sparks – can you make the perfect sandcastle?