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Science Week
Science Week brings attention to the STEM subjects in schools and how science affects children's futures.

Science teaching in schools starts at an early age with a few hours a week in primary schools. Science lessons should not only educate, but engage and entertain, igniting children’s imaginations and bringing learning to life. Outside school there are plenty of simple and safe science kits to do at home. activitychest.com/science-discovery-games.html


This year’s Science week focuses on Change in Colours, States, Environment, and Our World.  BritishScienceWeek.org have activity packs for preschool, primary and secondary students.

Even very young children can join in during sensory play mixing colours to make fluid patterns.Each year the lack of engineers in the UK is highlighted. Engineers need a maths and science background, so take the wrong GCSEs and the next step to qualifying is difficult.  Choices are made early – probably too early as most children won’t know what they want to do in later life.

This morning the BBC reported from Birmingham NEC where The Big Bang Young Scientists and Engineers Fair in Birmingham is taking place. This is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people in the UK with hands on activities, shows and stands to talk to engineers from leading UK companies. http://www.thebigbangfair.co.uk

The Fair also hosts the prestigious Big Bang Competition, inviting young people from across the UK to compete for lots of amazing prizes, including being crowned UK Young Scientist and UK Young Engineer of the Year.



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Created On  16 Mar 2017 12:56 in Education and Learning  -  Permalink
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World Book Day - Books are Good

World Book Day - Books are Good
Where would any story teller be without imagination?  How would JK Rowling have delighted so many children with Harry Potter and friends without her mind conjuring up the weird world of Potter?

Imaginative play is key and with the right stimulus kids create the most amazing stories with new characters playing alongside themselves.

World Book Day is invaluable encouraging the love of books, early learning and reading, turning the pages, firing up the imagination - and also dressing up to become part of those stories for a while!

Most children also enjoy dressing up as their favourite character, but World Book Day is the annual mum’s nightmare to produce a costume.

But don’t panic! For some help on costume character ideas for books old and new books try this site  http://tinyurl.com/bookdaycostumes




Created On  1 Mar 2017 11:27 in Education and Learning  -  Permalink
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Pancake Day UK, Mardi Gras USA and Celebrations


Did you know that Mardi Gras in New Orleans has the same origin as our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Day?

Shrove Tuesday is the day before the start of the Christian tradition of Lent, 40 days of fasting before Easter.

In the US it's called Mardi Gras or 'Fat Tuesday'. Originally meat was not eaten during Lent and the meat fat had to be used up before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday.

The French connection? A settler from France arrived in the area which is now New Orleans in 1699 the day before the Lent fast began, on Mardi Gras. In 1703 the tiny settlement of Fort Louis de la Mobile held the first celebration of Mardi Gras. By 1875 ‘Fat Tuesday’ was declared a public holiday in Louisiana and the annual Mardi Gras parades with floats and a carnival atmosphere established.

Pancake Day in the UK is celebrated traditionally by making and eating a variety of pancakes, stacking and flipping competitions, and 
pancake races, all very different to the New Orleans experience!




Created On  27 Feb 2017 13:18 in Events and Activities  -  Permalink
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Fuzzy Felt Traditional Imaginative Play Toy

Fuzzy Felt Traditional Imaginative Play Toy

Why is it that the ‘best’ new toys are high tech?  High tech is often stimulating with lights and sound, but it can be over stimulating leaving children excitable and fractious. So, add traditional toys into the mix of playthings allowing kids to develop their brain as well as hand eye coordination and imagination.

Where would JK Rowling be without imagination!

Imaginative play is key and with the right stimulus kids create the most amazing stories with them playing alongside new made up characters. Totally
 absorbing and fun.

Fuzzy Felt is traditional, developed in post World War II Britain to use scraps of felt, but has survived to this day.  It’s easy to use, lightweight and no mess, takes up little room to play and is great as a travel activity.  




Created On  21 Feb 2017 12:46 in Education and Learning  -  Permalink
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The Good Toy Guide

The Good Toy Guide
When you want to buy educational toys, where do you go to find good quality information that helps you buy with
confidence?

Try the website Fundamentally Children
Not only is Dr Amanda Gummer a leading child psychologist who provides lots of very easy to read and sound advice for parents, but the team have assessed a vast array of toys to come up with an independent accreditation service, the Good Toy Guide and the Good App Guide.

At Activity Chest we believe learning should be fun and we bring together a range of good quality toys for our customers who want to encourage their little ones to learn and develop. Those toys that are in the Good Toy Guide are marked with a logo.

To see the full list of accredited toys go to http://www.fundamentallychildren.com




Created On  11 Feb 2017 16:45 in Education and Learning  -  Permalink
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What has the EU given us?

What has the EU given us?

A few thoughts before next week’s EU Referendum.


Read the Brainbox blog on what Europe has, surprisingly, given to us. I can only suppose Gary found these quirky anecdotes as he was researching the Brainbox snap cards and games! From tin cans to computer games, spas to garden gnomes, here's the top 10.


http://www.brainbox.co.uk/blog/article/continental-contrivances



Created On  18 Jun 2016 12:53 in Education and Learning  -  Permalink
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