Discovery Box 13: Coloured Stacking Cups

We’ve been exploring coloured light and shadows, along with some fun construction, with our latest Discovery Box!  Pin It This was one of those typical you-know-you’re-an-early-years-teacher-when moments. If you work with young children, you will know exactly what I mean! I was walking the aisles of Sainsburys and stopped with two

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Why Play is SO vital to learning!

A group of my favourite bloggers have come together to link up our most favourite and important posts from 2011 into a Best of the Best Celebration today! We have all chosen just one post from 2011 to highlight. If you are a blogger you can link up your very own favourite post below too!

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Discovery Box 11: Pine Cones

A lovely blog reader, Gill, sent me a huge box of pine cones that she had collected from her garden in the hope that I would come up with something to do with them! I was thrilled as the girls have only got one measly pine cone in their treasure basket and I knew they

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Mini Discovery Boxes for Open-Ended Play

For a while I have been planning to put together some boxes of materials from some of our Discovery Boxes to encourage free, open-ended, investigative and creative play. I found some small boxes for just £1 each at Ikea and used them to add a range of multi-sensory materials on some low shelves that the

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Discovery Box 10: Tubes, Tape and Beans

Remember the big cardboard box from the small world town? Yep. It’s still here (for now at least!) With a few hot days last week we decided to move the investigations outside and have a Discovery Box of materials on a larger scale than usual.

 This Discovery Box consisted of

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