The benefits of outdoor exploration are far-reaching and in an ever-advancing technological era, there is a strong focus to encourage children’s relationship with nature by playing outdoors. Outdoor learning improves children’s health, offers them rich learning experiences and leads to a greater connection with nature. Playing outdoors teaches teamwork, creativity, resilience, helps improve understanding of environmental processes and fosters responsible attitudes towards environments.
Opportunities to enrich your child’s learning with off-syllabus activities is one of the best things about the summer holidays. But, six weeks to fill with fun and educational activities can be daunting for even the most pro-active parent — so we’ve pulled together some ideas to get you started.
Whether you are local, just visiting or holidaying, Norfolk has plenty on offer to keep children entertained throughout the summer and all year-round. So we’ve talked to our team (we’re lucky enough to call Norfolk our home) and created a roundup of our favourite days out for children. In the word’s of Delia; celebrity chef and fellow Norfolk local: “Let’s be havin you.”
The Science Museum on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London was founded in 1857 and is one of the city’s major tourist attractions, attracting 3.3 million visitors every year! It has five floors packed with historic, modern and interactive fun for the whole family to enjoy, including a variety of galleries such as: Exploring Space, Making the Modern World, Who Am I and The Secret Life of the Home. You can’t help but get lost in the magic of science at The Science Museum!
Hello, my name is Emma and I write the blog Science Sparks. Learning Resources kindly asked me to share some tips about how to get children involved with science at home and tell you all about my brand new book, This Is Rocket Science!!
My children and I had a great time working together to design and create the activities in the book, it was a real family effort. People often ask me how I think of ideas for Science Sparks, but the truth is most of the activities come from questions my children ask and then one thing tends to lead on to another.
Add to our range of Beaker Creatures!
Learning Resources are giving children the chance to have their very own Beaker Creature design made into a plush toy!
Throughout August, we’re inviting your kids to send us their unique Beaker Creature designs to enter our competition. Five lucky winners from the UK will then be chosen at random and will receive a plush toy of their design made by Custom Cuddlies.
Outdoor play boosts kids’ confidence, develops their motor skills and brings out their natural curiosity. Keeping outings fresh and interesting can be a challenge, so we’ve done the hard work for you: read on for our favourite outdoor activities to inspire your little adventurers.
Rule the countryside with a nature crown
Rule the countryside. All you’ll need is some paper, a roll of tape and some scavenged bits and bobs from the great outdoors. This fun activity comes courtesy of Muddy Puddles. They’ve even got a printable activity sheet that you can take out and about with you. Alternatively, watch their video:
Chloe, blogger at Life Unexpected, and her daughter Evie help Learning Resources celebrate International Bath Day.
Did you know that it’s International Bath Day on June 14th? What better way to celebrate than letting your kids splash in the bath with some super fun, but educational bath toys!
I’m Georgina, I’m a mum of two, qualified teacher/ SENCO and have set up my own tutoring service for children with special educational needs.
I run The SEN Resources Blog, a site to support parents and teachers. The SEN Resources Blog provides advice and suggests fun, skill-based activities that can be tried at home. It also recommends children’s resources, toys and books.
About Botley: Botley is a fun, friendly robot that teaches critical coding skills to children as young as five through play. Botley is entirely screen-free.
Jo Moore, a reception and year 1 teacher at Snettisham Primary School in Norfolk, was asked to test Botley™ the Coding Robot Activity Set.