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4 Fun Ways To Use a Mud Kitchen

So you want some quick ways to jazz up your mud kitchen, then this post is for you! Mud kitchens are very popular now, especially as many companies are making them for homes as well as schools. You don’t need to buy an expensive mud kitchen, all you need is a little outdoor space, be …read more Read More

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Step by Step Instructions for Making Play Dough

Here is my step by step recipe for making play dough. I made a dark purple play with these instructions but it can be easily adapted to a colour of your choice. I chose to use icing colour to make the colour, which is more of a paste and makes a stronger colour than food …read more Read More

An Easy Lavender Playdough Recipe

Do you want to know how to make Lavender playdough? Then read below. This playdough recipe is perfect, create a soothing, calming lavender play dough. Ingredients for the lavender play dough: 1 cup of flour 1 cup of water 1/2 cup of salt 1 – 2 tbsp of oil 2 tsp of creme of tartar …read more Read More

Space Themed Play Dough (playdough) – Invitation to Play

Do you want to know how to make a space themed play dough (playdoh)? Here is a simple playdoh recipe to follow and try out in school or home. Ingredients: • 1 cup of flour • 1/2 cup of salt • 1 cup of water • 1- 2 tbs of oil + 2 tsp creme …read more Read More

Creating a Construction Invitation to Play Using a Tuff Spot

I’m used to creating tuff spot set ups for children in Reception and Year 1, so I needed to think how I could do this to support my son who is a toddler. I’ve realised it’s not that different for a younger child, as it’s down to how the child interprets the activity. It needed to …read more Read More

Events & Useful Dates – Jan 17

January: MartinLuther King Day Monday 16th January Burn’s Night Wednesday 25th January Australia Day Thursday 26th January Chinese New Year 28th January National Story Telling Week 28th January – 4th February February: National Number Day 2017 – NSPCC fund raising day Friday 3rd February Nursery World Show Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th February 2017 Superbowl Sunday 5th …read more Read More

Slideshare – an easy way to view books as a slideshow

I found this great website Slideshare. This website allows you to share slides of different books – perfect for an Interactive White Board. They range from people making their own versions to parts of the original book. Nothing beats having a book and I would always recommend having the actual book. Sometimes it can be …read more Read More

Halloween Messy Play

A quick simple way to make messy play with only a couple of ingredients. Read More

Create Your Own Moon Sand

This is a great no cook recipe. It’s perfect to make with a toddler, which is what I did. Making the moon sand was part of the play. This is super learning as it can extend their understanding of measuring. Moon sand is a brilliant resource to also use in school into a tuff spot or …read more Read More

Homemade Halloween Black Play Dough

I wanted to make black play dough for a change, previously I’ve only used natural or bright coloured play dough.  I tried black food colouring and used a whole bottle but it only developed into a dark grey colour. I decided to try black Brusho (I use this a lot for art or play activities) and …read more Read More

We are featured on Teachers Building Society Article

Wow, I was so excited to see that Harriet and Violet been mentioned in an article feature on their website ‘Looking for Primary School Teacher Resources this term?’ It’s brilliant to have Harriet and Violet in a list with other great teaching resource websites such as the TES, Twinkl and Primary Resources. Big thanks.   HarrietandViolet.com  Harriet & …read more Read More

Halloween

I started rather early this year preparing for Halloween! I’ve made a few resources which will hopefully save everyone some time in a class or nursery. I’ve been looking on Pinterest and have a board you can follow. I’ve tried to include activities suitable to both home and school. If you are planning a halloween party …read more Read More

We now sell homemade Play Dough!

We sell Play Dough!  It’s very exciting I have decided to sell play dough through an Etsy shop.  Currently in the shop I sell individual pots but if there are any teachers out there who need to save time and have it made for them I would also be able to help. There will be other items …read more Read More

Instant Display Titles – Display Lettering

Instant Display Titles – Display Lettering We have lots of display lettering, this is where you can create your own display titles by choosing the letters to print off. We love saving time so many of our display titles are straight edged so they are super speedy to print, laminate and trim. To save even …read more Read More

Roald Dahl Day 13th September 2016

Roald Dahl Day 13th September 2016 One of my strongest memories of reading was Ronald Dahl stories. The Twits and George’s Marvellous Medicine. I would read these books over and over again.  I would love to be reading these in school and be able to enjoy these stories. This year celebrates 100 years since his …read more Read More

Year 1 Phonics Test (Screening)

We don’t really agree with the phonics test or ‘Phonics Screen Check’ however, we need to support children with it. We have made some resources to help both adults and children. We have some phonics flashcards which contain real and pseudo words. If a word is pseudo it will have picture of an alien next to …read more Read More

Free Teaching Resources Websites

Try Pinterest – there are loads of free resources and ideas. It has so many new ideas and free resources. TES  Amazing range of free resources – you just need a TES log in. Early Learning HQ Mrs. Pancake Twinkl   You need gold/platinum membership for some resources, there are many free resources, you need …read more Read More

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