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 …

ABC Does…. New Conference Dates and Destinations.

alistair@abcdoes.com Boys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, Conferences, Continuous Provision, Creativity, Environment, EYFS Policy and Practice, Nurseries, Outdoors, Planning and Assessment, Role Play, Talk, Transition, Weapon and Superhero Play 8 Comments

I have just added some more conference dates for 2017 and 2018. Also, as well as our regular destinations we have added a few new ones like Leicester, Cambridge, Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff and Chester. All of the details for the training, content and a booking form can be found on the conferences tab on the blog. It would be BRILLIANT …

How to Write Like a Jedi – Star Wars Inspiration!

alistair@abcdoes.com Boys Learning, Jedi Writing, Mark Making, Weapon and Superhero Play 7 Comments

As we see the return of Star Wars to the cinema – don’t miss your chance to motivate your children with a bit of Jedi Writing! Walt Disney Company  I came up with Jedi Writing as a ‘boy heavy’ reception class teacher in the early 1990’s when Star Wars was ‘big news’ in my class. The good thing about it …

Superheroes, Weapon Play and a Giveaway

abc does Boys Learning, Child Initiated Learning, Role Play, Talk, Weapon and Superhero Play 225 Comments

Last month was all about Superheroes for me. It is not that I developed an overriding urge to wear my underpants over my trousers (although it has been known!). I just ended up doing a lot of talking, writing and idea sharing around the positive impact of Superhero and Weapon play for children in Early Years. March saw the official …