A new year, a new decade and a new issue packed with more than 75 original activities and projects encouraging children to learn through creative play. The JanFeb issue includes something for everyone; with a feature helping bring history to life, heuristic play with the Under 5’s, Chinese New Year and Australia Day, cookery with kids, the Fairtrade Fortnight, the Big School’s Birdwatch and much more!
These inspiring ideas include early years projects helping with co-ordination, exploration of materials, reasoning and role play, plus activities that support learning through creative play for children through to KS2.
All this, the regular features – including ’Four Ways with . . . plastic containers’, Reading Corner, full sized printable templates and clear step-by-step instructions, making this a superb issue to be creative with your kids this January!
0 – 5 years
Concentrating on texture and sensory stimulation, projects in this group include:
EGG BOX DRAGON – Recycle egg boxes to make some friendly Chinese dragons.
CHINESE HAND DRUM – Make some noise and turn two paper plates into a fun musical instrument.
MARVELLOUS MARBLE PAINTING – Get messy with papier mache to make a fabulous centrepiece for your Chinese New Year celebrations.
PAPER PANCAKES – What toppings would you choose for your pancake this Shrove Tuesday?
LOVE HEART CARDS – Cute cards for little ones to make for Valentine’s Day that also help co-ordination skills.
SWEETIE POTS – Recycle plastic dessert pots into little baskets filled with Valentine treats.
LETTER LEARNING TREE – A fun group collage activity to help with letter recognition.
CARDBOARD DIDGERIDOO – Decorate some cardboard tubes and make your own didgeridoos!
AUSTRALIAN MEMORY MATCH – Celebrate Australia Day with a fun animal matching game.
ERUPTING VOLCANO! – Introduce little ones to some exciting science with their own working volcano!
BEST FOOT FORWARD! – An all-round activity for helping with co-ordination and early numeracy skills.
HOW TO BE CREATIVE WITH HEURISTIC PLAY – Top tips on getting the most out of your heuristic play sessions.
5 – 7 years
Fun crafting projects to make with children in Key Stage 1, include:
EVERYDAY MATHS – Games and activities designed to enhance confidence in early maths skills.
CHINESE DRAGON MASK – Put on a roaring performance with a special Chinese New Year dragon mask.
GOING DOTTY! – A simple but effective painting activity to celebrate Australia Day.
BE MY VALENTINE! – Colourful cards using different crafting techniques plus a tasty Valentine’s treat!
TWEET TREATS! – Fun crafts to celebrate the 10th birthday of Big Schools’ Birdwatch.
SAY CHEESE! – Top recipes for you to make with children using Edam cheese.
MEDIEVAL BRITAIN – Crafts and activities to help children learn all about one of the most turbulent times in British history.
7 – 11 years
Great ideas for older kids to make and do:
IT’S FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT – Teach children what Fairtrade stands for and then make some tasty banana muffins.
TELLING TALES! – Top tips on encouraging children to use their creativity in literacy.
CHINESE NEW YEAR! – Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with two eye-catching cards.
FIMO DREAM CATCHER – Make a stunning dream catcher that would look fantastic in any window.
WINTER WONDERLAND! – Use up some basic crafting scraps and make some cute character cards.
PINWHEEL DAFFODILS – Time to celebrate all things Welsh with a stunning display of swirling daffodils.
TOMATO TARTS – A foolproof delicious savoury treat ideal for a Valentine’s Day snack
24 CARROT GOLD! – Britain’s favourite vegetable gets a crafty makeover along with some great recipes.
SANDWICH BOX MONSTERS – Once you’ve eaten your sandwich, turn the box into an amazing creature!
STUCK ON YOU – A step-by-step guide on creating an antiqued picture using shoe polish.
In addition to these, there are plenty of other great ideas and projects, plus a great selection of books reviewed in Reading Corner and prize giveaways worth £100′s.
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