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Sally Gray brings you great activity ideas to engage little learners in all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage. The cross-curricular activities for each focus have a wealth of ideas and you can use the handy ‘bookmarks’ to add to your planning and to help you focus upon observation

Farmyard friends

Toy animals

Now is a great time to get out and about and make a visit to a local farm or smallholding to have first-hand experiences of the sounds, sight and smells of a farmyard. With this issue we have created great themed number cards – ideal for displaying as a numberline or to use for counting and number recognition. Try out the counting activity ‘How many animals?’ and see if children can identify the correct numeral. Why not make your setting’s own book of ‘Old MacDonald had a farm’, with a recorded version of your song and some simple animal masks and costumes to use for dressing up?. Read more…

Cultivating crops


Spring is on its way and there is no better time for introducing children to the cycle of growing plants and crops. Even if you have limited outdoor space you can use windowsill planters and tubs to encourage small greenfingers. Our lovely ‘Farm produce circle-time cards show children some of the products a farm may process and food items we enjoy. Marigold flowers are usually a successful choice for growing quite easily – and if your children pot them in soil in time, they should even be ready for Easter. Flowers will make a lovely spring gift with a card created in our online ‘Spring greetings’ interactive resource Read more…

Moving machines


Young children are always captivated by large farm machinery. Noisy tractors and nifty quad bikes can provide great inspiration for role play. Our activity sheet, ‘Farm vehicles’, could be used to introduce positional language and children could draw accompanying vehicles to be pulled along, too. Old, large tyres are fantastic for a wealth of outdoor ideas – planters for vegetables and flowers, sandpits, target areas for throwing activities, enclosed interest areas for small world play, or even small ball parks! Create a large farm collage, with a range of labelled colours and textures to develop descriptive language.. Read more…



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