ISSUE 25 is packed with more than 85 sizzling summer activities; including early years projects helping with co-ordination, exploration of materials, reasoning and role play, plus ideas for creating sounds and healthy eating for the under 5s. There are great projects for recycled crafts – making use of everyday items – plus carnival fun, exploring the weather and cool kids cookery.
There’s a special feature with 35 great Boredom Busting games to help the summer go swimmingly!
We’ve more than £500 worth of the latest great books, games and cool stuff to be won in our free to enter competitions.
All this, the regular features – including ’Four Ways with . . . rocks & stones’ and Reading Corner, full sized printable templates and clear step-by-step instructions.
0 – 5 years
Concentrating on texture and sensory stimulation, projects in this group include:
WAXING MIRACLES! – Recycle broken wax crayons into funky new drawing materials.
TEXTURED PAINTING – Bring a new dimension to painting by mixing paint with sand, rice & flour.
FOAM SHAPE PRINTING – Take some small boxes and scraps of foam and turn them into inexpensive printing stamps .
CIRCLES OF COLOUR – Turn cardboard kitchen tubes into a fun colour recognition game.
MAGIC PICTURES – A simple drawing activity to help children with their reasoning skills.
SUMMER FRUIT KEBABS – An easy and fun way to help ensure the 5-a-day rule is put into practice.
TIN FOIL WIND CHIMES – Listen to the wind blow with a fabulous set of home-made wind chimes.
RAINBOW COLLAGE – Help colour recognition skills with an unusual rainbow collage.
WEATHER REPORT! – What’s the weather today? A simple weather chart made from felt and foam.
JUNK MODEL CAR – Recycle old tubs, lids, boxes and containers and make a shiny racing car.
FIZZY BOTTLE FISH – Turn a large plastic drinks bottle into an amazing creature of the deep.
DICE BOX – A giant dice made from recycled boxes is a great way to develop mental maths skills.
CREATING SOUNDS & MUSIC – Interactive ideas on exploring sound and music with the under 5s.
5 – 7 years
Fun crafting projects to make with children in Key Stage 1, include:
THE WILD WEST – Everything you need to hold your very own Wild West activity day.
LAMMAS DAY LOAVES – Celebrate the first harvest festival with some special air-drying clay loaves.
ST. SWITHUN’S DAY – We promise it won’t rain for 40 days and nights if you make these projects.
CLOWNS & CARNIVALS! – A great range of fun fair and carnival activities – ideal for groups of children.
TWIST & TURN – A quick and easy recipe with sweet and savoury alternatives.
TILE COASTERS – Turn cheap wall tiles into unique home accessories – an ideal group activity.
SUMMER SNOWBALLS – Make some super summer snowball soakers using ordinary kitchen sponges!
EXPLORING THE GREAT OUTDOORS – How to get the best learning experiences from your outdoor classroom.
7 – 11 years
Great ideas for older kids to make and do:
WEATHER WIZARD – Help children learn all about meteorology with these hands-on science activities.
KOMODO DRAGON – Learn all about real life dragons with this special feature and then have a go at making one yourself!
PLEATED PICTURE FRAME – A simple papercrafting project to show off a beautiful picture.
BLUEBERRY ICE CREAM – A simple but delicious summer recipe – perfect for children to make and enjoy!
COOL SUMMER CARDS – Fun cards to send cool summer greetings.
BAGS OF IDEAS! – Turn recycled crisp packets into a funky woven bag and fabulous necklace.
POCKET MONEY PIGS – Old drinks bottles and toiletry containers make the cutest pig money boxes!.
RECYCLED FASHION! – Turn old ties, newspapers and plastic bags into amazing fashion items.
FLY THE FLAG! – Give bags and jeans a distinctive look this summer with a fab FIMO bag tag.