Best Plants for Classroom or Home Use I spent the last 6 or more years growing different plants in our house, garden, and my classroom. This is a list of… Read more Best Plants for Classroom 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 →
Science Lesson Starters for KS1- Make like a Tree… and Leave! These are 5 Science Lesson Starters for KS1 (children approximately 5-7 years old) focused on plants and leaves. As… Read more Science Lesson Starters KS1 – Looking at Leaves →
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 →
Venn Diagrams for Children – Leaves We will be looking at how to use and make Venn Diagrams for children. Once children have had some experience sorting and classifying objects… Read more Venn Diagrams for Children- Leaves →
How to Make a Leaf Mobile In this post I wanted to explore different ways of how to make a leaf mobile with children. A leaf mobile can be done… Read more How to Make a Leaf Mobile with Children →
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 →
Leaf Man Activities- Making Leaf People This post looks at how to make leaf people (including ones that can move) and links to other Leaf Man Activities (see below). Making… Read more Leaf Man Activities- Make Leaf Man Move! →
Pictograph Activities for Kindergarten This is one of my favourite pictograph activities for Kindergarten as it can be done outside. Pictographs are simple visual representations of statistics/data on a chart.… Read more Pictograph Activities for Kindergarten – Leaf Chart →
Outdoor Nature Art Activity Miniature Nature Collages are a great outdoor art activity for children. They are a creative way for children to explore properties and colours, with adjectives such… Read more Outdoor Nature Art Activity- Miniature Nature Collages →
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.
Children enjoy threading and making necklaces, so it is a fun way to help them develop their fine motor skills (essential for writing).
Nursery rhymes and action songs are a great way to build babies language. These will help them begin to tune into and become aware of patterns in our language. Engaging… Read more This is How the Ladies Ride – Nursery Action Song for Babies →