The best S.T.E.M. resources

So with the launch of our new S.T.E.M. Kit I thought I would put together a few of my favourite activities and experiments for some inspiration this season.

Pop over to the Facebook shop section for full details – items can be bought individually or as a complete kit.

First up we have fun with pipettes!  We stock 2 varieties – a colourful 5ml chunky one that is fun and easy to use; also a variety pack of 10 ranging from .5ml to 5ml – these are perfect for slightly older (primary age) children as they can measure accurately – great to develop maths skills, also cognitive skills to measure to follow instructions or recipe.

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Santa’s Grotto

So each year my husband builds the grotto for our children’s school.

And each year he out-does himself!

After a week of living with

  • panels being constructed in our kitchen,
  • delaying putting our own decorations up because they were being used in the grotto,
  • A few gallons of papier mache,
  • ALL THE LIGHTS!
  • A few car runs carrying very dubious loads
  • and several hours of assembly on site –

here it is!

Mighty impressed!

What an amazing sensory experience for the children to kick start our Christmas period with a little seasonal magic, wonder and awe.

For more information about All Children’s Integrated Primary School visit their website here.

For more seasonal sensory fun pop over to the facebook page All Of Me Sensory

Sensory Stocking Surprise

Inspired by some lovely customers’ feedback – I have put together a Surprise Stocking that is stacked silly with sensory stuff!!!

  • Perfect to share with little ones over the festive period
  • Perfect to share with friends and family as a gift
  • Perfect for small groups and setting to enhance your Christmas provision

Best about it is the value – £20 of resources for the barginous price of £15!

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Sensory Trays and Containers – Part 1 Tuff Trays

Today I had a chat with a lady about what types of containers were best for Sensory Play.  The short answer is any and all!

Of course, first thoughts went to the Tuff Tray – originally designed as a builders mixing tray for cement etc, it has been commandeered by Early Years for the past decade or so as the must have item in your setting!

So much so that an entire industry and indeed sub-culture has sprung up around them to include;

  • Large selection of colours – I’m pretty sure they were not originally marketed for the construction industry in lime green or fuchsia!
  • Social Media
  • Education

Available in a range of colours from black to Red, and my person favourite – white (affiliate link WHITE Tuff Tray )

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Sharing Stories – part 1 BOOKS

For many parents, curling up with a book for a bedtime story with their child is a daily ritual. For others, it is the perfect time to spend time with their children after a busy day, and for some, it is something they should do but are not entirely sure why. Discover these benefits of bedtime stories for kids.

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Autumn/ Winter Resource Collections

I don’t think I am the only one who has noticed the evening drawing in, or even dare I say it, had the heating on a bit recently!

Summer is nearly over and so our thoughts move towards the next season, and my personal favourite – Autumn.

As carers and educators the new school year means a switch of mindset, beginning to plan for the year ahead, resources, learning outcomes, environments – all to meet the ever changing needs of our individual children.  When you multiply that to meet the needs of the individuals within a group or class – it begins to get a bit complicated.

Each child brings their experiences, perspectives and preferences, relative to their own stage of development.  They may present with varying degrees and skills of

  • speech and language development
  • fine and gross motor skills
  • personal, social and emotional development
  • knowledge and understanding of the world around them
  • expectations, and needs

It is up to us to assess these needs (based on invaluable input form parents and carers), to provide the most suitable environment for them that is safe, nurturing and inviting, in which they will thrive at their own rate.

We need to consider the physical space

  • how children can move in the space
  • how they can use the space to enhance their own fun and learning

To do this our resources and equipment should incorporate a balance of

  • textures
  • sounds
  • flavours
  • sights
  • and tastes when we begin to facilitate meaningful learning environments

I find the change of season so inspiring , new groups of children with new interests and experiences they just HAVE TO SHARE! – a bubbling cacophony of chatter (from children who are at that stage) and excited energy. The changing world around – cooling weather, shifting light, crisp air, changing colours in nature, its beautiful and speaks to the power of the changing seasons.

So to celebrate these changes, All Of Me Sensory has some lovely things planned!

Beginning with the introduction of a new collection of Autumn and Winter Sensory Resources over on the Facebook Page here.  There are launching very soon  – so here is a wee sneak peak at some of the treasures available to enhance your sensory experiences.

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Rice and … Rainbows!

Rainbows feature a lot in early years and sensory play. This one was for an Up, Up and Away Sensory Workshop with Giggles Early Years.

Scented rainbow rice – an All Of Me Sensory classic! Love how it is still as fabulous deconstructed!

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