Invitation to play - straws, magnets and colours

Earlier in the year, my class enjoyed using their scissors so much we created a cutting station for them to use during our free play or activity time. And enjoy they did! But what to do with all these cut straws? Create another invitation to play of course!

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Invitation to play with straws, magnets and colours | you clever monkey

Inside Out - Teaching Children About Emotions

Last weekend, my children and I went to see the new Disney/Pixar movie Inside Out and it quickly became my most favourite family movie ever! Putting aside for a moment that Inside Out is a theme park attraction waiting to happen and that I possibly laughed at the dream sequence more than my kids, it's message is one that resonated strongly with me as a parent and teacher - that without sadness, there is no joy.

Use the Disney/Pixar movie Inside Out to help children better understand their emotions | you clever monkey

Shaving Cream Marbling

'I'm bored!' Sound all too familiar? For the past couple of weeks I have been busy writing mid-year reports for my class and my own children have been left to entertain themselves which, if I'm honest, has meant watching more TV than I'd like. With report writing mostly behind me, this weekend was an opportunity to do more of something we like - process art. This art activity is simple to do, using a few cheap materials and the results are stunning. Shaving cream or shaving foam marbling is a perfect mix of sensory play and art.
Easy to do art - shaving cream marbling | you clever monkey