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by | Nov 8, 2014 | , , , , , , , , , |

After Halloween comes Bonfire Night – another lovely ‘event’ to celebrate in an Early Years setting.

We have also enjoyed listening to ‘The Dark, Dark Tale’ by Ruth Brown.

We made ‘fireworks’ with the light rope & rainbow blocks on the floor…

Firework-Inspired Transient Art

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The children loved the images of the fireworks & happily talked about their own Bonfire Night experiences. They really enjoyed creating their own transient art firework-inspired pictures…

Threading pipe-cleaners through colanders was really popular when we did it back during ‘‘ at the beginning of September, so we have revisited it. The beads are slightly different & I provided cutlery drainers instead of colanders. We pretended we were creating fireworks…

Really simple pattern making activities – the children could either use mark making implements on paper, cotton buds on chalk boards or their fingers in glitter. I also provided pattern cards for inspiration – some used them & some preferred to create their own. I don’t have any photos of the children drawing patterns on paper, because I wasn’t quick enough , but here are some from the chalkboards & glitter..

These are the cards the children used for examples of patterns.

If you wish a copy of these cards you may download them here:

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Please note that they are hand ‘drawn’ & I am not an artist!!

Dark, dark numbered cups, cards, numbers & nuggets with the addition of various stars. Lots of opportunities for sorting, counting & pattern making…

We love doing this. As well as the usual paint-covered marbles, I also provided ‘tumble drier’ balls. They added a dotted effect to the artwork. We also did it on a larger scale, so that the children could work together to roll the balls around rather than having a go individually…

We enjoyed watching the colours spread as they landed in the salt…

Sparkly dough always provides great excitement! I added star shaped cocktail stirrers, glittery pipe-cleaners & star sequins & cutters for the children to create with…

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Black water, baby oil & glitter looked so beautiful. We loved the patterns …

Firework Patterns on the Homemade Lightbox

Surprisingly, the boys were more interested in this, this week, than the girls…

Look at this inventive way one little boy decided to pick up the beaded garlands… great for his fine motor skills!

They started out on the lightbox as a mark-making activity…

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… but migrated to the OHP & looked AMAZING! Unfortunately my photos don’t show how fab they looked, but the children loved making patterns on them…

We explored adding food colouring to water in thispost & I remembered some of the children talking about how it looked like fireworks. So I thought we’d repeat the activity, but on a smaller scale…

We also had a go at dropping food colouring through oil, into water…

… and then we tried adding an effervescent tablet into food colouring, water & oil…

I didn’t get very good photographs, unfortunately, but all the experiments were fascinating to watch & talk about.

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Nothing to do with Bonfire Night specifically, but the children have loved listening to a ‘Dark, Dark Tale’ & our doll’s house is perfect to link with it…

Not my idea at all; there are lots of examples of this on Pinterest, but we haven’t done it before & I thought it would be a lovely way to support fine motor development before we hammer golf tees into them. They loved pushing the push-pins into them & then stretching the loom bands & elastic bands around them to create shapes & patterns…

I had a number of other ideas, but we either ran out of time or the weather ‘kaiboshed’ them, so I will ‘shelve’ them for another time…

Sharon on 08/11/2014 at 10:10 am

I love all your amazing classroom areas they are so inspiring! Just wondering where you get all your amazing resources from especially the wooden numbers and wooden bug shapes? Thanks

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Rachel on 08/11/2014 at 10:45 am

The bugs are from eBay & the wooden numbers are from Hobbycraft . They are unfinished & I just paint them

Wanda on 08/11/2014 at 12:40 pm

Rachel, I love your Blog, you have so many inventive ideas that make me want to rush out and introduce to my class. My only question is whether you have a class budget. And if so for how much? Whilst it’s obvious that most of your resources are reusable and inexpensive, they would soon add up if I was to buy everything. I am hoping to get my Head to allocate a budget to the Reception Class, so would really appreciate a guide from you. Thanks for all your inspirational hard work.

Rachel on 08/11/2014 at 12:55 pm

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Hi Wanda, thanks for your lovely comment!

As for budget, well we’re really lucky to have an ‘Early Years’ budget, which is for both Nursery & Reception. Its often around the £1000-£1,500 mark each year, but we’ve had a little more this year as we’ve had an additional Reception class to buy for.

Also, our school PTA gives every class in school £100 cash each year. We can spend this on whatever we like for the class .

ALSO, many of our parents very kindly pay 50p a week, ‘Foundation Stage Fund’ . Those who pay usually pay a half term in advance, which means you have a good amount to buy small bits of pieces with. Lots of schools in my area do this. It’s a great source of money for cash purchases & the parents recognise how much it enhances the provision.

I have also spent a FORTUNE of my own money over the years, but those items purchased are mine & therefore go with me wherever I go.

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Dona Lucero on 09/11/2014 at 2:46 pm

Where did you get the rainbow blocks?

Rachel on 09/11/2014 at 4:06 pm

Chris in VA on 10/11/2014 at 2:54 am

Love your stuff, as usual! We hammered golf tees into pumpkins, too, and then my sweet Kittens used about 100 rubber bands on them! Our “pumpkin geoboard” as you say was a big hit with the parents, too–we put it in the hall on a small table so they could see it. Alongside, I put a paper on which I’d written the results of my asking the question, “What should be for Halloween?” They had great suggestions! Thanks for your inspirations!

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Rachel on 10/11/2014 at 5:52 pm

Thanks for your lovely comment, Chris!

My class are 3-4 yos too, so lots in common ????

Karen Carver on 14/10/2015 at 7:07 pm

I have been looking at your lovely Space Alien maths area. You say you got the little figures from ebay. Please could you let me know what you searched for as I am not seeming to find anything suitable. Thank you

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Rachel on 14/10/2015 at 7:16 pm

Hi Karen, you’ve confused me because you’ve commented under the Bonfire Night post rather than the Space post, but I’m fairly sure I know what you mean. Try an advanced search on eBay for the seller ‘greatdeal.team’ ????

Kael Tudor on 05/11/2015 at 2:40 pm

Hi Rachel, absolutely love the blog as always. I was just wondering how you made your black water? It may be a bit of a silly question but I thought I’d ask to ,ale sure I do it right!

Rachel on 05/11/2015 at 3:34 pm

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Thanks for the lovely comment! I just added black food colouring to the water. You have to add quite a lot to make it really black ????

Adrian on 16/10/2016 at 12:56 pm

How did you make the ‘black water’ for the water tray?

Adrian on 16/10/2016 at 12:57 pm

Just saw someone’s already asked the same question – black food coluring

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Rachel on 16/10/2016 at 1:15 pm

Rachel on 16/10/2016 at 1:15 pm

Donna on 05/10/2017 at 5:13 pm

Rachel on 05/10/2017 at 5:35 pm

It’s just cheap hair gel & food colouring in ziplock bags. I taped over the top of the zip to make them more secure ????

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This is by far the best sight I have found for open ended, child inspired, child driven work.

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by | Nov 8, 2014 | , , , , , , , , , |

After Halloween comes Bonfire Night – another lovely ‘event’ to celebrate in an Early Years setting.

Bonfire Night

We have also enjoyed listening to ‘The Dark, Dark Tale’ by Ruth Brown.

We made ‘fireworks’ with the light rope & rainbow blocks on the floor…

Firework-Inspired Transient Art

The children loved the images of the fireworks & happily talked about their own Bonfire Night experiences. They really enjoyed creating their own transient art firework-inspired pictures…

Threading pipe-cleaners through colanders was really popular when we did it back during ‘‘ at the beginning of September, so we have revisited it. The beads are slightly different & I provided cutlery drainers instead of colanders. We pretended we were creating fireworks…

Bonfire Night

Really simple pattern making activities – the children could either use mark making implements on paper, cotton buds on chalk boards or their fingers in glitter. I also provided pattern cards for inspiration – some used them & some preferred to create their own. I don’t have any photos of the children drawing patterns on paper, because I wasn’t quick enough , but here are some from the chalkboards & glitter..

These are the cards the children used for examples of patterns.

If you wish a copy of these cards you may download them here:

Please note that they are hand ‘drawn’ & I am not an artist!!

Dark, dark numbered cups, cards, numbers & nuggets with the addition of various stars. Lots of opportunities for sorting, counting & pattern making…

Bonfire Night

We love doing this. As well as the usual paint-covered marbles, I also provided ‘tumble drier’ balls. They added a dotted effect to the artwork. We also did it on a larger scale, so that the children could work together to roll the balls around rather than having a go individually…

We enjoyed watching the colours spread as they landed in the salt…

Sparkly dough always provides great excitement! I added star shaped cocktail stirrers, glittery pipe-cleaners & star sequins & cutters for the children to create with…

Black water, baby oil & glitter looked so beautiful. We loved the patterns …

Firework Patterns on the Homemade Lightbox

Bonfire Night

Surprisingly, the boys were more interested in this, this week, than the girls…

Look at this inventive way one little boy decided to pick up the beaded garlands… great for his fine motor skills!

They started out on the lightbox as a mark-making activity…

… but migrated to the OHP & looked AMAZING! Unfortunately my photos don’t show how fab they looked, but the children loved making patterns on them…

We explored adding food colouring to water in thispost & I remembered some of the children talking about how it looked like fireworks. So I thought we’d repeat the activity, but on a smaller scale…

Bonfire Night

We also had a go at dropping food colouring through oil, into water…

… and then we tried adding an effervescent tablet into food colouring, water & oil…

I didn’t get very good photographs, unfortunately, but all the experiments were fascinating to watch & talk about.

Nothing to do with Bonfire Night specifically, but the children have loved listening to a ‘Dark, Dark Tale’ & our doll’s house is perfect to link with it…

Not my idea at all; there are lots of examples of this on Pinterest, but we haven’t done it before & I thought it would be a lovely way to support fine motor development before we hammer golf tees into them. They loved pushing the push-pins into them & then stretching the loom bands & elastic bands around them to create shapes & patterns…

Bonfire Night

I had a number of other ideas, but we either ran out of time or the weather ‘kaiboshed’ them, so I will ‘shelve’ them for another time…

Sharon on 08/11/2014 at 10:10 am

I love all your amazing classroom areas they are so inspiring! Just wondering where you get all your amazing resources from especially the wooden numbers and wooden bug shapes? Thanks

Rachel on 08/11/2014 at 10:45 am

The bugs are from eBay & the wooden numbers are from Hobbycraft . They are unfinished & I just paint them

Bonfire Night

Wanda on 08/11/2014 at 12:40 pm

Rachel, I love your Blog, you have so many inventive ideas that make me want to rush out and introduce to my class. My only question is whether you have a class budget. And if so for how much? Whilst it’s obvious that most of your resources are reusable and inexpensive, they would soon add up if I was to buy everything. I am hoping to get my Head to allocate a budget to the Reception Class, so would really appreciate a guide from you. Thanks for all your inspirational hard work.

Rachel on 08/11/2014 at 12:55 pm

Hi Wanda, thanks for your lovely comment!

As for budget, well we’re really lucky to have an ‘Early Years’ budget, which is for both Nursery & Reception. Its often around the £1000-£1,500 mark each year, but we’ve had a little more this year as we’ve had an additional Reception class to buy for.

Bonfire Night

Also, our school PTA gives every class in school £100 cash each year. We can spend this on whatever we like for the class .

ALSO, many of our parents very kindly pay 50p a week, ‘Foundation Stage Fund’ . Those who pay usually pay a half term in advance, which means you have a good amount to buy small bits of pieces with. Lots of schools in my area do this. It’s a great source of money for cash purchases & the parents recognise how much it enhances the provision.

I have also spent a FORTUNE of my own money over the years, but those items purchased are mine & therefore go with me wherever I go.

Dona Lucero on 09/11/2014 at 2:46 pm

Where did you get the rainbow blocks?

Bonfire Night

Rachel on 09/11/2014 at 4:06 pm

Chris in VA on 10/11/2014 at 2:54 am

Love your stuff, as usual! We hammered golf tees into pumpkins, too, and then my sweet Kittens used about 100 rubber bands on them! Our “pumpkin geoboard” as you say was a big hit with the parents, too–we put it in the hall on a small table so they could see it. Alongside, I put a paper on which I’d written the results of my asking the question, “What should be for Halloween?” They had great suggestions! Thanks for your inspirations!

Rachel on 10/11/2014 at 5:52 pm

Thanks for your lovely comment, Chris!

Bonfire Night

My class are 3-4 yos too, so lots in common ????

Karen Carver on 14/10/2015 at 7:07 pm

I have been looking at your lovely Space Alien maths area. You say you got the little figures from ebay. Please could you let me know what you searched for as I am not seeming to find anything suitable. Thank you

Rachel on 14/10/2015 at 7:16 pm

Hi Karen, you’ve confused me because you’ve commented under the Bonfire Night post rather than the Space post, but I’m fairly sure I know what you mean. Try an advanced search on eBay for the seller ‘greatdeal.team’ ????

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Kael Tudor on 05/11/2015 at 2:40 pm

Hi Rachel, absolutely love the blog as always. I was just wondering how you made your black water? It may be a bit of a silly question but I thought I’d ask to ,ale sure I do it right!

Rachel on 05/11/2015 at 3:34 pm

Thanks for the lovely comment! I just added black food colouring to the water. You have to add quite a lot to make it really black ????

Adrian on 16/10/2016 at 12:56 pm

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How did you make the ‘black water’ for the water tray?

Adrian on 16/10/2016 at 12:57 pm

Just saw someone’s already asked the same question – black food coluring

Rachel on 16/10/2016 at 1:15 pm

Rachel on 16/10/2016 at 1:15 pm

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