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Light-Shadow tracing ~ so simple, yet so brilliant. It was this picture that inspired me to get the old light projectors from the school storage, and do a tracing activity for Groundhog Day. The kids loved the light and shadow experiment.

Nocturnal Animals: Bats!

Your Daily Batty Dose: Craft Edition! Create a night sky with this splatter bat project (be careful, this might get a little messy) Instructions below the cut. Submit your finished projects to.

Clay Faces: Taking Art Outdoors. Make a face by pressing clay onto a tree. The forest floor provides a wealth of materials to add to the clay sculptures: sticks, fir cones, leaves, pine needles.

Clay sculptures at the Just So festival

A fantastic outdoor art idea that makes great use of loose parts found in a forest: clay faces on tree trunks! My son loves the funny faces people put on trees, now I can let him make his own :)

Fancy Stick Crown - inspired by nature, created for the imagination | @mamamissblog #juliadonaldson #stickman

Fancy Stick Crown

Role play farm shop with real ffruit and veg kids love it.

Role play farmers market (with real fruits & vegetables or pretend; if real you can having a tasting graph and sample eating contest and take some extra home to share with their families)!

I love these ladybird counters! Made using: bottle tops, a permanent marker and some googly eyes.  Perfect for counting, game counters or what about sorting?

Bottle top ladybugs (turn into math game by varying the # of spots, write numeral on bottom for self-checking) I'd use plastic bottle caps for this.

The stage EYFS outdoor area

The stage EYFS outdoor area. could use the blocks to make the stage area with a red blanket overtop

Junk modelling, clever little idea for storing the tape. Would love to make a smaller version for the table.  EYFS

Sticky tape Could just be one of the greatest ideas ever! No more broken tape dispensers! Just be! Early Childhood Education: inspirations for life.

Shampoo and cornflour mixed together with a little water makes lovely stretchy slime! EYFS

Shampoo and cornflour mixed together with a little water makes lovely stretchy slime! Easy P easy slime 😊😊😊

Kid friendly lettuce art!  After cutting the ends of romaine lettuce use the chunk to make flowers!

I love doing vegetable prints with my students! After cutting the ends of romaine lettuce use the chunk to make flowers. They look like peonies!

Get everyone you know to collect lids - from bottles, tubs and jars. They are brilliant for sorting and matching activities -  lots of different shapes - you can make patterns with them - you can look for writing - the children can draw and copy them - some are embossed so they can use a wax crayons to do rubbings - the children will recognise some of them - lids from perfume bottles are special too, often shiny and unusual shapes!

Get everyone you know to collect lids - from bottles, tubs and jars. They are brilliant for sorting and matching activities. Lids from perfume bottles are special too, often shiny and unusual shapes!

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