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Story starter: Dragons and other mythical creatures…

On a recent walk, this tree bark caught my attention as it looked to me like dragon scales. This story starter helps inspire imagination, taking the photo of the tree bark and using it to create stories and share those that are already known about mythical creatures from different countries. I’d love to know how …

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Nature inspired Story Starters: An introduction

This post introduces the story starter activities…. Inspired by nature and imagination, they aim to open up children’s creativity and to enhance home/ early years and school connections. The story starters also aim to enrich the stories we share in our settings, drawing on legends and tales from other countries, telling these in different ways …

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Transitions- valuing and understanding home culture

Families who migrate experience transitions at many levels, and currently all children are experiencing transitions amid the Covid-19 Pandemic. This is a great resource for early childhood education, from Education Scotland, on transitions in the context of the Coronavirus pandemic. https://drive.google.com/…/1RIT_iZuh-rn7cBnmEn-D8C4bfJ…/view Transitioning back into early years settings brings new opportunities to connect with families, and …

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Cultural treasures: Easter eggs

People in many countries across Europe make special eggs with beautiful colours for Easter.  You will need:  Eggs Your favourite way of colouring/ painting these eggs. That might include with paint, or food colouring or something else.  Activity method: Can parents/ grandparents teach about painting eggs from your culture? How do you prepare the eggs? …

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Cultural treasures: Music collection

This activity celebrates different songs that are important to us, and helps to share more about different cultures and languages.   You will need:  Any old, scratched CDs that could be given to children to play with (check they are not unsafe if they are damaged). Children can explore texture, the light reflecting on them and …