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by | Jun 4, 2016 | , , , , , , , |

I’ve had lots of questions about the DIY resources I use in my classroom. These have all been made by my hubby or me, so I thought I’d write a quick post about some of them. You may have seen some of them in previous blog posts, or on my social media pages as many have been shared somewhere before…

These are a few years old now and were the first things my hubby made for me – nails in wood slices. Simple! The nails have never been an issue for the 3 and 4 year olds I work with…

A few years ago I removed the screws from some old curtain rings as I wanted the rings as loose parts. I kept the screws and that’s what I’ve used on the log here. Really easy to make…

Dowelling rods in wood slices…

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Holes drilled through wood slices…

It occurred to me a couple of weeks ago that the sewing discs above could also be used with nuts & bolts too. I haven’t tried them with the children yet, but I can think of a few who will love them…

In case you didn’t know and are in the UK, Wilko is a great place to buy nuts & bolts cheaply – fill a large bag for £2.99 or a small bag for £1.99 …

Inspired by many examples online, I painted these slices of wood with chalkboard paint. We have lots of chalkboards but these are a nice alternative and the children have enjoyed using them outdoors…

You will find a blog post for how to make these .

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I saw this idea on Facebook when I was having a ‘report writing’ break. A lovely lady called Karen Nixon posted a tray she had created and lots of people shared it. As I have a few wooden trays, I thought I would have a go at making one. It is simply a wooden tray with adhesive mirror tiles stuck inside . I have some smaller real mirror trays and I’m not going to pretend that this homemade version is as beautiful and sturdy as them, but it is still quite reflective and as long as it isn’t used with ‘scratchy’ loose parts, I think it will last for a while. I haven’t used it with the children yet, so we’ll see!

I now have a posh light panel, which I love, but this homemade version served me well for 2 years…

It was simply made by placing fairy lights inside an under-bed storage box . They were threaded through a hole drilled in the side, & I stuck greaseproof paper to the underside of the lid to diffuse the light . The paper under the lid is really important – you don’t want children to be staring at ‘naked’ lights for a long period of time! Obviously, a real light panel is much brighter, so place the homemade version in a darker area of the room. You could perhaps make a sort of tent to go over it if your room is really bright…

I painted unfinished wooden bugs and wrote numbers on the bottom. We’ve used these a lot! You can see how they were made in this .

Clear glass pebbles and a permanent marker pen. I also put a coat of clear nail varnish over the pen…

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I just painted cobble stones bought from B&Q with normal house emulsion and then varnished with clear varnish…

Original idea from Juliet at …

Pattern stones, Patterned Wood Chips and a Pattern Dice

I just used a black sharpie on these…

Click on the picture to take you to the original post…

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I have lots of story stones, but these are my favourite two sets – simply print out the pictures you want on paper and glue them onto the stones with PVA glue. There is PVA over the top of them too, to ‘varnish’ them. They are not waterproof!

Painted drawer handles. The red ones on the left have spots to 10 on them, to use in counting activities…

I made these last year after being inspired by Juliet at .You saw them in .

After the paint wore off, I used cheap electrical tape instead.

I glued craft sticks together to make these, an idea I got from on Twitter. I originally just made a few with normal sized lolly sticks, but they leave quite small gaps, so I also made some with larger craft sticks to allow for the use of slightly bigger loose parts if needed…

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This table has been used for all sorts of small world or sensory play. I often cover it with a piece of felt, fabric or hessian, but it’s lovely just by itself too. The green grass matting was bought cheaply and simply glued on with a strong adhesive.

The children often bring resources from other areas of the classroom to the table. Here are a few of the things that they have ‘set up’…

I am on half term at the moment and so there probably won’t be a post next week.

My web host is going to be changing and I don’t know if that will mean issues with loading my site. I hope not, but apologies if it does!

Thanks for reading and for your continued support!

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Don’t forget that you can also find me on , , & .

Would love you to come & say hello! ????

Golf Tees and Cocktail Stocks in Polystyrene Blocks

Carissa on 04/06/2016 at 9:12 am

All I can say is Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

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Rachel on 04/06/2016 at 9:48 am

Aww, you are very welcome, Carissa!

nikki on 15/05/2017 at 3:26 pm

I really love these ideas, so effective.x

Rachel on 15/05/2017 at 3:49 pm

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Jackie Clarke on 04/06/2016 at 10:50 am

Thank you so much for sharing this – summer break is a perfect time to do a little DIY!

Rachel on 04/06/2016 at 10:54 am

Oh that’s brilliant! Have fun! ????

Thanks very much for acknowledging my website as the source of a couple of your ideas. You have put together a fine collection here. I love home-made resources because I don’t worry about losing a couple of items – most things are easy enough to add to or quickly replenish.

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All the best with your blog and nursery work

Rachel on 04/06/2016 at 3:52 pm

Thanks for being a constant source of inspiration, Juliet!

Jackie on 05/06/2016 at 8:29 am

Utterly inspiring as usual Rachel. Many thanks. ????

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Rachel on 05/06/2016 at 8:34 am

Thanks for the lovely comment, Jackie! ????

Shereen on 06/06/2016 at 12:40 am

Thank you for the sharing what sharing your wonderful ideas. Please keep posting more.

Rachel on 06/06/2016 at 4:20 am

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You’re welcome, Shereen – I’ll do my best! ????

Thanks for all the inspiration, I have been regularly checking in for a year or so now and love your stuff. I am curious about how you store all your beautiful resources when they are not in use. If you are willing to share, I would love to see some photos of your storage systems and also wide view of your learning space to see how you fit it all together and avoid clutter!! Many thanks, Amy

Rachel on 06/06/2016 at 9:10 am

I will probably do a post showing my wider space in the summer break when I have a bit more time, which will probably include showing the storage.

Mr B Powley on 13/05/2017 at 8:39 am

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Rachel on 13/05/2017 at 8:39 am

We love to try that for next year. Great resources… thank you for sharing the tips

Rachel on 23/11/2017 at 5:10 pm

Sheri Dones on 01/08/2018 at 9:44 pm

Lovely materials! Just curious if you use anything to preserve your wood?

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Rachel on 02/08/2018 at 7:37 am

I haven’t used anything, although I know some people do ????

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by | Jun 4, 2016 | , , , , , , , |

I’ve had lots of questions about the DIY resources I use in my classroom. These have all been made by my hubby or me, so I thought I’d write a quick post about some of them. You may have seen some of them in previous blog posts, or on my social media pages as many have been shared somewhere before…

These are a few years old now and were the first things my hubby made for me – nails in wood slices. Simple! The nails have never been an issue for the 3 and 4 year olds I work with…

A few years ago I removed the screws from some old curtain rings as I wanted the rings as loose parts. I kept the screws and that’s what I’ve used on the log here. Really easy to make…

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Dowelling rods in wood slices…

Holes drilled through wood slices…

It occurred to me a couple of weeks ago that the sewing discs above could also be used with nuts & bolts too. I haven’t tried them with the children yet, but I can think of a few who will love them…

In case you didn’t know and are in the UK, Wilko is a great place to buy nuts & bolts cheaply – fill a large bag for £2.99 or a small bag for £1.99 …

Inspired by many examples online, I painted these slices of wood with chalkboard paint. We have lots of chalkboards but these are a nice alternative and the children have enjoyed using them outdoors…

DIY Resources

You will find a blog post for how to make these .

I saw this idea on Facebook when I was having a ‘report writing’ break. A lovely lady called Karen Nixon posted a tray she had created and lots of people shared it. As I have a few wooden trays, I thought I would have a go at making one. It is simply a wooden tray with adhesive mirror tiles stuck inside . I have some smaller real mirror trays and I’m not going to pretend that this homemade version is as beautiful and sturdy as them, but it is still quite reflective and as long as it isn’t used with ‘scratchy’ loose parts, I think it will last for a while. I haven’t used it with the children yet, so we’ll see!

I now have a posh light panel, which I love, but this homemade version served me well for 2 years…

It was simply made by placing fairy lights inside an under-bed storage box . They were threaded through a hole drilled in the side, & I stuck greaseproof paper to the underside of the lid to diffuse the light . The paper under the lid is really important – you don’t want children to be staring at ‘naked’ lights for a long period of time! Obviously, a real light panel is much brighter, so place the homemade version in a darker area of the room. You could perhaps make a sort of tent to go over it if your room is really bright…

I painted unfinished wooden bugs and wrote numbers on the bottom. We’ve used these a lot! You can see how they were made in this .

DIY Resources

Clear glass pebbles and a permanent marker pen. I also put a coat of clear nail varnish over the pen…

I just painted cobble stones bought from B&Q with normal house emulsion and then varnished with clear varnish…

Original idea from Juliet at …

Pattern stones, Patterned Wood Chips and a Pattern Dice

I just used a black sharpie on these…

DIY Resources

Click on the picture to take you to the original post…

I have lots of story stones, but these are my favourite two sets – simply print out the pictures you want on paper and glue them onto the stones with PVA glue. There is PVA over the top of them too, to ‘varnish’ them. They are not waterproof!

Painted drawer handles. The red ones on the left have spots to 10 on them, to use in counting activities…

I made these last year after being inspired by Juliet at .You saw them in .

After the paint wore off, I used cheap electrical tape instead.

DIY Resources

I glued craft sticks together to make these, an idea I got from on Twitter. I originally just made a few with normal sized lolly sticks, but they leave quite small gaps, so I also made some with larger craft sticks to allow for the use of slightly bigger loose parts if needed…

This table has been used for all sorts of small world or sensory play. I often cover it with a piece of felt, fabric or hessian, but it’s lovely just by itself too. The green grass matting was bought cheaply and simply glued on with a strong adhesive.

The children often bring resources from other areas of the classroom to the table. Here are a few of the things that they have ‘set up’…

I am on half term at the moment and so there probably won’t be a post next week.

My web host is going to be changing and I don’t know if that will mean issues with loading my site. I hope not, but apologies if it does!

DIY Resources

Thanks for reading and for your continued support!

Don’t forget that you can also find me on , , & .

Would love you to come & say hello! ????

Golf Tees and Cocktail Stocks in Polystyrene Blocks

Carissa on 04/06/2016 at 9:12 am

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All I can say is Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

Rachel on 04/06/2016 at 9:48 am

Aww, you are very welcome, Carissa!

nikki on 15/05/2017 at 3:26 pm

I really love these ideas, so effective.x

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Rachel on 15/05/2017 at 3:49 pm

Jackie Clarke on 04/06/2016 at 10:50 am

Thank you so much for sharing this – summer break is a perfect time to do a little DIY!

Rachel on 04/06/2016 at 10:54 am

Oh that’s brilliant! Have fun! ????

DIY Resources

Thanks very much for acknowledging my website as the source of a couple of your ideas. You have put together a fine collection here. I love home-made resources because I don’t worry about losing a couple of items – most things are easy enough to add to or quickly replenish.

All the best with your blog and nursery work

Rachel on 04/06/2016 at 3:52 pm

Thanks for being a constant source of inspiration, Juliet!

Jackie on 05/06/2016 at 8:29 am

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Utterly inspiring as usual Rachel. Many thanks. ????

Rachel on 05/06/2016 at 8:34 am

Thanks for the lovely comment, Jackie! ????

Shereen on 06/06/2016 at 12:40 am

Thank you for the sharing what sharing your wonderful ideas. Please keep posting more.

DIY Resources

Rachel on 06/06/2016 at 4:20 am

You’re welcome, Shereen – I’ll do my best! ????

Thanks for all the inspiration, I have been regularly checking in for a year or so now and love your stuff. I am curious about how you store all your beautiful resources when they are not in use. If you are willing to share, I would love to see some photos of your storage systems and also wide view of your learning space to see how you fit it all together and avoid clutter!! Many thanks, Amy

Rachel on 06/06/2016 at 9:10 am

I will probably do a post showing my wider space in the summer break when I have a bit more time, which will probably include showing the storage.

DIY Resources

Mr B Powley on 13/05/2017 at 8:39 am

Rachel on 13/05/2017 at 8:39 am

We love to try that for next year. Great resources… thank you for sharing the tips

Rachel on 23/11/2017 at 5:10 pm

Sheri Dones on 01/08/2018 at 9:44 pm

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Lovely materials! Just curious if you use anything to preserve your wood?

Rachel on 02/08/2018 at 7:37 am

I haven’t used anything, although I know some people do ????

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