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Creative Steps

Creative Steps

Spring 2021
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Each issue of Creative Steps includes dozens of fun ideas, with step-by-step instructions, for you to get crafty with your kids during the coming months. The projects are all designed to encourage learning through creative play and many make use of recycled household materials. Perfect for anyone caring for young children; such as childminders & nannies, pre-schools, playgroups & nursery settings, primary schools, homeschoolers, guiding leaders... and parents & grandparents! Also includes prize competitions, book reviews, fun facts and printable templates.

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bubbles Publisher Ltd
Frequency:
Quarterly
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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
new hope

Spring always seems to bring new hope, with plants springing to life after their winter hibernation and this year, perhaps more than most, this new hope seems to be more pertinent to all of us. On my daily dog walk, I have been watching as the bluebells miraculously start to emerge where there was a carpet of snow just a week ago and I can’t wait until their scent fills the woods once again… then I’ll know spring is really here! Having endured a challenging year, let us hope that this spring there truly is a new start and life can return to a semblance of ‘normal’. With the promise of warmer days ahead, this is a great opportunity to get out and about with the kids in your care to…

1 min.
core skills & subject guide

To help you select activities to suit your learning environment, each project in Creative Steps includes guidelines to the skills and subjects which will be enhanced by doing that activity. To assist with the aims of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), projects and activities in the first section of the magazine for 0-5 year-olds will support the Early Learning Goals (ELGs): ★ Communication and Language Development★ Physical Development★ Personal, Social and Emotional Development★ Literacy Development★ Mathematics★ Understanding the World★ Expressive Arts and Design In the following sections for 5-7 and 7-11 year-olds, projects and activities will be linked to the following KS1 and KS2 National Curriculum subjects: ★ Art & Design★ Design Technology★ Drama★ Geography★ History★ Home Economics★ ICT★ Literacy★ Maths★ Music★ Physical Development★ PSHE★ Religious Education★ Science Projects suitable for a Group Activity…

9 min.
its a gift

AquaPlay Three lucky readers will each receive an AquaPlay Lockbox. Set off on waterway adventures with the AquaPlay LockBox. This feature-packed water playset comes with lots of accessories for canal-inspired fun. Help the hippo guide his boat through the waterways to get that cargo to the dock – or splash in the canals to make some waves! With the AquaPlay LockBox, you can use the working pump to change the water levels in the lock, just like in a real canal. Spin the watermill, race through the waterways and use the working crane to load and unload cargo. There are three of these super sets, worth £39.99, for you to win! www.smythstoys.com KAPLA One Plank to Build Everything Unleash creativity, build imagination and encourage cooperation with KAPLA! KAPLA® is an open-ended construction game for children…

2 min.
win 1 of 3 orchard toys bundles worth over £40!

Orchard Toys are giving 3 Creative Steps readers the chance to win an exciting games and jigsaws bundle! There’s fun for all the family with a prehistoric board game and a charades-style action and performance game, as well as a magical Mini Game and two first puzzles! Orchard Toys games, jigsaws and colouring books offer the perfect balance of learning and fun for children from the age of 18 months. Dino-Snore-Us Who will collect the most uncracked eggs from the sleeping T-Rex in Dino-Snore-Us? If the T-rex wakes up everyone lets out a big ‘ROAR’ and that player has to return to the start. If he is asleep, that player can steal an egg back! This pre-historic themed game is fun for all the family and is a great way to practise…

2 min.
spreading the love of music

YolanDa Brown is the double MOBO Award winning saxophonist that most of you will know from her successful CBeebies series ‘YolanDa’s Band Jam’, or from her many other television and radio appearances. I was lucky to catch up with YolanDa – via Zoom, of course! – to chat about her passion for music and the wonderful new resources she has created for everyone caring for young children, in conjunction with the launch of her debut children’s album YolanDa’s Band Jam. Along with Band Jam on CBeebies, YolanDa has a regular show on Jazz FM, is a presenter for BBC Proms, BBC Young Jazz Musicians on BBC Four and the annual Young Voices event, plus she was appointed Chair of Youth Music in 2018. With a relentless work ethic, YolanDa is making…

1 min.
make some noise!

These activities have been taken from one of the Activity Sheets, available to download free at www.twinkl.co.uk/Yolanda Objective and musical focus: Exploring sounds and discovering how our bodies can be used to make music. Focusing on careful listening, body percussion, dynamics and rhythm. Can you make an instrument? Guitar STORE CUPBOARD ▪ Paper box▪ Cardboard or paper▪ Scissors▪ Sticky tape 1 Draw a circle in the middle of one side of a box. 2 Cut the circle out carefully. 3 Take a small rectangle of card and fold it in half lengthways and then in half lengthways again. Push to make a triangle shape and stick sides down at one end of the circle. 4 Stick the strings from one side to the other. My Body Percussion Song! Cut and stick which movement you added to this rhythm. Was your…