Learning with Bri

Learning with Bri

My granddaughter, Bri,  called me into the garden, a few days ago, to show me her latest creation. After finding her brother’s bouncy egg, she created a birds nest with natural materials, on top of the rabbit run. She often uses natural materials to create homes for mini beasts or as props when playing with small world resources.

Birdsnest                  IMG_6102


Bri has a real fascination for using different materials in ingenious ways, loves to paint, dance and makes up her own songs, rhymes and stories.  At her recent parents evening, I wasn’t surprised to be told she was exceeding in Expressive Arts and Design (Exploring and Using Media and Materials and Being Imaginative).

Resources for play – the cardboard box

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Resources for play – the cardboard box

With the reduction in school budgets, early years practitioners need to be much more resourceful and look for FREE resources.  Fortunately, one of the easiest to access is the cardboard box.  Is it any wonder when this simple resource is so open-ended?  You can pick them up for free and in as many shapes and sizes as you like!  They are ideal for small world and role play as well as construction and when in use, tend to attract groups of children who then learn to collaborate and share ideas.

How to develop problem solving and creativity using loose materials

How to develop problem solving and creativity using loose materials


Friday 27th April – 9.30am – 3.30pm

Course venue: West Thornton Primary Academy, Croydon CR0 3BS

Led by Jackie Slaughter – Specialist Leader in Education for early years

Loose materials are anything that can be assembled, disassembled, moved, combined and re-imagined in an endless variety of ways, providing children with endless opportunities for problem-solving and creativity. Find out how you can use many of these free, natural and man-made resources across the curriculum.

This course will enable you to:

  • Discover how to provide an enabling environment using loose materials
  • Actively engage in using loose materials in all areas of the curriculum – inside and out
  • Find out how to provide for exciting and engaging resources on a shoe-string budget
  • Learn how using loose materials supports problem-solving and develops critical thinking

Target audience: This course benefits anyone working in, or leading early years. You will come away equipped with a wealth of ideas in order to raise engagement levels and improve teaching and learning, in your setting.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Book Via: http://westthorntonta.org.uk/cpd/developing-problem-solving-and-creativity-using-loose-materials