Explore the outdoors: How to turn a walk into an inspiring nature trail

Explore the outdoors: How to turn a walk into an inspiring nature trail

If you are looking for something to do outdoors that will also inspire a love of the natural world, why not embark upon a nature trail? You can find an official one near you or transform a usual route by paying special attention to natural features such as plants, wildlife and habitats.

The national curriculum for key stages 1 and 2 highlights nature within the purpose of study for science and states: read more

5 ways to unleash their creativity

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Creativity is defined as ‘the use of imagination or original ideas to create something’ and is an essential part of a child’s development. From painting and sculpting to drawing and building, creative play is a process that encourages children to explore all possibilities and try out new ideas.

Creating an environment rich with materials that inspire play will provide a safe place for children to unleash their imagination and creativity.  The Early Years Foundation Stage state ‘Expressive arts and Design’ as a specific area of a child’s learning development. This learning area is broken down into ‘exploring and using media and materials’ and ‘being imaginative’ encouraging experimentation with colour, design, texture, form and function. read more

The Magic of Imaginative Play

What is Imaginative Play?

Imaginative play see’s young learners take on the role of inventors and decision-makers, creating their own world where they are free to express their feelings and experiment with narratives. The Early Years Foundation Stage highlights Expressive Arts and Design as a specific area of learning and development, breaking it down into ‘being imaginative’ and ‘exploring and using media and materials’. Children often draw upon their own experiences and observations to represent their ideas through mediums such as art, dance, music, small world, pretend play and storytelling.

 

Why is it important?

Imaginative play is a key component of learning. It enables children to make sense of the world around them and to develop essential skills from problem solving to emotional intelligence. Here are some examples: read more

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I’d like to introduce you to these brands and the learning skills they support! We’ve had great feedback about them, and would love to hear your thoughts too! read more