I hope that’s not a gun!

alistair@abcdoes.com Boys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, construction, Creativity, Role Play, Talk, Weapon and Superhero Play 14 Comments

When I first trained to teach in Early Years, gun play was definitely off limits. We were told that there should be a zero tolerance to it as it encouraged children to be rough and aggressive. Any sign of a child wielding any thing that might have even been slightly mistaken for a gun had to be dealt with quickly …

The Wonder of Woodwork! – Guest blog by Pete Moorhouse

alistair@abcdoes.com Boys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, construction, Continuous Provision, Creativity, Nurseries 6 Comments

When I was training to teach and after I qualified, I remember most Nursery and Reception classes that I visited having a workbench as part of their provision. As time went on and the world got a little bit Health and Safety crazy, they all seemed to disappear. The skills that children can learn whilst carrying out this sort of …

Easter Giant Outdoor Blocks Giveaway…

alistair@abcdoes.com construction, Giveaway, Outdoors, Uncategorized 697 Comments

When it comes to outdoor construction, I like to keep it as natural as possible. Logs, sticks, stones, twigs, branches…the list goes on. Outdoors is also the perfect place for promoting large scale construction getting children to experience and explore loose parts, build, communicate and employ many of their higher order thinking skills. So, here is a little Easter treat to …