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Egg Carton Bird Feeder

Egg Carton Bird Feeder


Egg Carton Bird Feeder - Forest School Ideas


I went off to do the food shop at Morrisons for a change. I was really impressed at their efforts to reduce plastic waste when it comes to packing your own fruit and vegetables. All the bags are fully recyclable and they also do cardboard containers for you to collect your own eggs. As soon as we had finished with the egg container I knew exactly what we could make with them - feeders for our wildlife visitors. 

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Best Pallet Creations on the Web

Best Pallet Creations on the Web


Best Pallet Creations on the Web

With the warmer weather on the way and plentiful outdoor play on the cards many of us have taken to re-evaluating and planning our outdoor areas for the children. Creative, cost effective outdoor play and equipment that will foster creative and imaginative play in abundance. 

I have been busy searching the web finding the very best creations outside recycling wooden pallets/crates. Let’s take a look at some of the most inspirational creations on the World Wide Web- 

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Nature Hunt Cardboard Hearts

Nature Hunt Cardboard Hearts


Nature Hunt Cardboard Hearts


I am seriously so proud of the Facebook Community Group I run. It is very different from the page so if you haven't already be sure to come and join! It's a place where you share your set ups, inspire others and perhaps ask for some advice and support at times too. Be sure to follow us on Instagram too! We share all our activities over there first.

A few weeks back a lovely lady called Gem Paul shared her Nature Hunt cards that she had been busy doing with the children. I fell in love and knew instantly I wanted to do something similar with my children. 
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Split Pea Number Sensory Play

Split Pea Number Sensory Play


Split Pea Number Easter Sensory Play


At the moment the boys are really enjoying filling and emptying containers. With Easter approaching I have been loosely theming some of the play set ups so as Easter approaches they can be aware of a few things they may see around them. They have started to take an interest in numbers and recognise a couple of them so we are also working at building on this too.


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Leaf Easter Egg Craft

Leaf Easter Egg Craft


Leaf Easter Egg Craft Forest School Ideas


I spent a bit of time in he garden this afternoon. I cut back a few bushes and continued preparing the garden for Spring. I was walking over to the 'garden waste' bin with a hand full of long branches full of leaves when BAM - a craft idea came to mind. I stripped the leaves from the stems and popped them inside the house for craft time when my oldest arrived home from school. 
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Hairdressing Role Play DIY

Hairdressing Role Play DIY






In the Summer I shared over on Facebook a video that went crazy! It has been view over 4 million times! Hair dressing role play. 

Having worked with children for over 10 years. Quite often you will see children attempting to style each others hair. You can hear parents coming through as they reenact their morning routine of getting ready. 

Many times over the years we have set up role play areas linked to hair dressing after seeing interests unfold within the classroom. 

I was lucky enough to talk to Zaira Almahdi over the Summer who had made this prop for hairdressing role play. I thought it was genius - and you did too! 

I have been sent so many emails asking how this was achieved so I wanted to share a little more with you on how you could go about making something similar. 

You will need:
Cardboard
Scissors
Wool
Glue Gun
Laminating Pouches and Laminator 
A4 card
Whiteboard Pen and Rubber
Pencil

As you can see from the video there is a large rectangular piece of cardboard. This is the frame for the prop. Coloured card has been used to create the clothes that sit on the shoulders of the portrait. 


Hairdressing Role Play DIY


You can create a face outline using a piece of card, drawing your face shape and laminating it. Cut it out and stick it in place. This will make a surface suitable to use with a whiteboard pen. You will be able to rub the faces drawn off to give a blank surface again to recreate. 

You may want to use velcro to attach the face. This would allow children to add a face shape of their choosing. You can also look at creating templates for the different skin tones. I really love the idea that children could customise their prop. 

For the hair holes have been pierced through to the card and wool has been pulled through these holes. You could use a glue gun to secure the wool in place. You could then add another sheet of cardboard to the back of your prop frame to make the creation sturdy. You can see that a bunch of strands have been posted through each hole.


Hairdressing Role Play DIY



Add a basket with clips and bows and you have a station for a hairdresser.

Opening the clips on a bow really gets the muscles in the fingers moving. Its a great fine motor activity and a skill to navigate and attach onto the hair working on hand eye co-ordination. 
The children will love adding extra detail and accessories onto their prop.


Hairdressing Role Play DIY



If you are able to fully supervise the children and feel that cutting the hair is something you think they would enjoy and it's safe for them to do - you may want to give that a go too. 

I would highly recommend that if you go down this route you keep a very close eye on the children to ensure the only hair they cut is on their prop.

Lets take another look at the fabulous prop creates by Zaira in action:



What fun! Have you created something similar? Do get in touch! I would love to share your designs and creations! 

I would like to say a huge thank you to Zaira Almahdi for sharing this brilliant idea and featuring on Learning and Exploring Through Play. 


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Other posts to check out on Learning and Exploring Through Play:


I love you to pieces Suncatcher Card    Melted Snowman Family    Rainbow Streamer Craft



Recycled Valentines Crafts for Preschoolers    Recycled Valentines Crafts for Preschoolers    Sensory Winter Play for Preschoolers



Mark Making with Kinetic Sand    Plastic Easter Egg Art Ideas    Space Themed Sensory Play Small World




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Giant Water Beads

Giant Water Beads


Giant Water Beads Sensory Play


We have had so much fun using water beads. They really do provide a mesmerising sensory experience for the children. They are super smooth balls that have been soaked in water and have absorbed it. Running your hands through the cool beads as they bobble and bounce is quite captivating and I can assure you, as adults it will be hard for you to resist temptation of getting stuck in too!
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Moonlite Review

Moonlite Review


Moonlite Review


One thing I always strive to do is provide a range of books for my children. Over the years they have brought so much happiness to us. They have been moments of quality time. Time when they climb upon your lap and together you share a wonderful story and their imaginations are ignited. Children's books are my weakness actually and I am forever buying new ones for my children to enjoy. 
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Outdoor Mark Making Easels

Outdoor Mark Making Easels


Outdoor Mark Making Easels - Kerris Childminding


My favourite thing about I do is the inspirational people I meet along the way. I recently came across the fabulous work by sisters Kerri and Amy who are childminders, rated Outstanding by Ofsted in Kent. The way they present activities for the children is pretty special and I am over the moon that they will be joining us on Learning and Exploring Through Play.

Today I am sharing an outdoor mark making activity using Nature and recycled materials.

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Churchfields Farm

Churchfields Farm


Churchfields Farm - Droitwich. Places to visit in Worcestershire

This week we ventured to somewhere new - Churchfields Farm. We went Friday and I have already been back to revisit on Sunday with James and Neve in tow. What a lovely find it was! It's been a while since I shared on the blog places to visit so I'm excited to be back sharing some of my best finds with you. 

Churchfields Farm is a lovely farm set in Droitwich with lots to offer for the family. It specialises in Ice cream and has a huge range of flavors available every day. They even have a mince pie flavour! 

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