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Mischief Mouse's collection of craft activities for preschool and early years.
Printable resources to help support play - colouring, mark making, labelling, promoting, engaging and extending..
Magical Mammoth's recipes to play with and recipes to eat ..
Stitch Squirrel provides a little tree space for some needle and thread projects  - handmade resources to support learning and development.
Activities for math - Calculator caterpillar's activity ideas to support children's numeracy, reasoning and problem solving play.
Hope Hedgehog invites visitors to take a look through some articles of interest ...
Navigator Narwhal's outdoor - in activity ideas for preschool and early years play.

Welcome to silkysteps & a range of UK based preschool activity ideas for children and their planning adults.  All resources have been developed to use in early years settings - nursery, reception and in home learning environments. Please browse the main site and the forum for ideas that support parent partnerships, creative crafts, tactile recipes, projects and printables that can be shared & used to request!

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Activity sections
in addition to the menu selections above these areas offer focussed suggestions for workforce support and for children's learning, development and play. Please feel free to use and adapt any of the printables you find in non-financial ways.
Find support with level 3 children and young people's workforce diploma units EYFS 2014 - links to download guidance and framework A collection of creative activities to explore aspects of road safety Collection of information, communication and technology pages to support young children's early learning
Creative activities for parent partnerships site wide activities listed under each of the four seasons Plan activities on campaign and awareness dates A list of craft activities and things to do for each day of the summer holiday
Visit the digital download store printable outlines for craft, collage, markmaking Variety of play area signs to support continuous planning Printables to support playdough activities and early years learning through play

Buy a bouncy squirrels mini topic
downloadable resource to save and print.
Bouncy squirrels


Yellow star guide Dr Hadwen Trust find information that supports children's and practitioner's understanding of how some medical institutes can avoid using animals , and the range of cruelty free alternatives that the DHT actively promotes.
Show children how animals are currently involved with testing regimes and the alternatives that are available ..
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ther links of interest:
 Cruelty free : page of website links for readers interest
 Animal friendly product sourcing - links page

City & Guilds accredited food hygiene courses
Yellow star guide Handykam wildlife, bird nest cam and camera kits
Handykam produce a range of wildlife camera kits that bring an awareness of the outdoors in, for children's viewing, knowledge and understanding. A great way to interact with technology  - ICT and nature .. an affiliate link. 
Handykam camera kits - seasonal viewing for all weathers

Sillybooks.net Yellow star guide Sillybooks.net music, stories, books, puzzles, and games. A wonderful website run by wonderful people. Drop by and have a look at all the resources.

child development resources

 Risk assessment information from the HSE  Leading to Excellence from Ofsted

I'm a child let me be by Peter Dixon   
International perspectives on early learning
International perspectives © Wendy Ellyatt 2008.
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Let me be by Peter Dixon
International perspectives on early learning
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