These are a selection of some of the best Christmas Picture books for children. Some of these are some of my favourites from my childhood and others are new books… Read more Best Christmas Picture Books for Children →
Making salt dough handprint ornaments is a fun activity for toddlers and children. They also make excellent presents for grandparents or mementos to decorate your Christmas tree. Making salt dough… Read more Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments →
The Benefits of Gardening and Planting Bulbs for Kids We will look at the benefits of gardening for children and the best planting bulbs for kids. Planting bulbs with children… Read more The Best Gardening Bulbs for Kids →
Teaching Length to Kindergarten Children – Ordering Sticks by Length This post focuses on teaching length to Kindergarten children or children just beginning to learn about measuring with length. When… Read more Teaching Length to Kindergarten Children Using Sticks →
The following is a selection of autumn songs and rhymes for early years and preschool children. I have enjoyed singing these with children in my classes aged 3 to 6… Read more 15+ Autumn Songs for Early Years and Preschool →
Rock Water Painting: Practicing Writing Numbers 1 – 10 In this post we explore practicing writing numbers 1 – 10 outdoors. Once children have had plenty of experience mark making… Read more Practicing Writing Numbers 1 – 10 : Rock Water Painting. →
I’ve been enjoying seeing other people’s exciting Halloween messy play activities that they have been doing with their children over the last week or two. There is something about Halloween… Read more Slimy Halloween Messy Play Activity →
Activities to Teach Numbers- Autumn Counting Activities This post contains a small collection of activities to teach numbers while focusing on autumn counting activities. I’m sure I will have more… Read more Activities to Teach Numbers – Autumn Counting Activities →
Best Plants for Classroom or Home Use My children have breathing difficulties (possibly asthma), so having clean air in our home is important. I have done a lot of research… Read more Best Plants for Classroom Air Purification & Learning →
This post looks at the best Halloween books for preeschool children. It contains affiliate links in case you would like to buy one of the books or see reviews on… Read more Best Halloween Books for Preschool →
Importance of Sensory Experiences I am going to share some fun and edible mark making activities for toddlers and preschoolers. They can be done inside or outside but you will… Read more Edible Mark Making Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers →
Autumn Books for Preschoolers and School Children This is a short list of autumn themed books for preschoolers as well as school age children. I have used a number of… Read more Autumn Themed Books for Preschoolers →
Teaching Kids about Gardening- Collecting Seeds from Flowers Teaching kids about gardening is a great way to get children outdoors and to introduce them to the world of flowers and… Read more Teaching Kids about Gardening- Collecting Seeds →
Letter Formation for Preschoolers- Teaching Writing Outside This letter formation for preschoolers activity is a fun way to teach writing outside! Children get really excited about painting with water, especially… Read more Letter Formation for Preschoolers – Teaching Writing Outside →
Counting with Numicon – Using Autumn Nuts Counting with Numicon or Ten Frame Towers are a great way to help children learn the value of numbers. Numicon can allow children… Read more Counting with Numicon – Using Autumn Nuts →
How to Teach Children to Count- Teaching Explicitly In this post I will explore how to teach children to count objects. Children need to be explicitly taught the rules for… Read more How to Teach Children to Count using Autumn Objects →
Mark Making in EYFS We will be looking at the benefits of mark making in EYFS (Early Years Education) using rocks and water. Sometimes it can be difficult to get… Read more Mark Making EYFS – Rock Water Painting →
Leaf Printing and painting with Autumn Leaves In this post we will cover two different leaf printing ideas for preschoolers. Leaf printing is similar to leaf rubbing, but I prefer… Read more Leaf Printing- Autumn Leaf Art for Children →
Ordering leaves from shortest to longest is a fun measurement activity to do with young children during the autumn or any time. Before teaching children how to measure using standard units such as inches, centimetres, feet or meters, children should have experience comparing lengths so that they can understand what the measurement of length is, and how to think about what is long or short (relatively speaking).
The following post contains a range of different autumn leaf activities for children that are related to the autumn season. I’ve done some of these at home with my children and others I have used as teaching activities in school. They all have a teaching and learning objective in mind, but some of them are focused on creative arts and design, whilst others are maths or science focused.
Children enjoy playing with rocks and they can be put together in a range of different ways to make exciting and beautiful artworks.
Rocks can be all sorts of fun for sorting! They can be sorted by size, shape, colour. They can be sorted in groups or it can be done in gradients. Children can be free to sort them and organise them in any way they like. It’s a great way for children to begin to think about similarities and differences and how things can be similar in some ways and different in others.
I think this is my favourite gross motor activity for young children and it is one that the children in my classes get really excited about. Children have so much fun doing this that they don’t realise that they are working hard and building muscle and strength.
Numicon are a great resource to help children learn about numbers. They are visual, tactile and can be used in so many different ways.