Enabling Environments on a Shoestring

Our enabling environments event was a huge success and we had a huge amount of fun setting up our training room with loads of nursery activities. It was really good to see a whole host of people from locals nurseries keen to get some new ideas.  We also know there were at least a few people who were unable to make it on the day(s) so here are just some of the many activities we had set up.  Don’t hesitate to contact Matt (@MBK_Matt) on 01527 452430 if you want more details of anything below.

20150627_13052020150627_130507We created a water wall for under £10 and used water beads (adult supervision required) instead of water to make a super soggy marble run. This was very popular with a couple of young people that were lucky enough to be brought along.

And everyone was a huge fan of our repurposed bike wheel even though being indoors meant we couldn’t actually play with it without soaking the carpet!  (It’s received a lot more use since the weekend thanks to finding it’s way outside and the ridiculously hot weather we are having at the moment)

20150627_12585720150627_125945 We managed to get a bit of science in their too, with this mini volcano (I didn’t manage to take a picture of it in action unfortunately) and this salty water demo of floating and sinking.

20150627_13002720150627_125829 We had two small world set ups with various attached activities. The fairy garden had a literacy focus but also contained real plants to give it another dimension. The pirate cove has a maths focus.

We had so much crammed into the room we can’t possibly include all the pictures (although I squeezed in a few more below). We will be running this FREE event again in the future so keep checking back to the website or sign up to our newsletter to be kept informed.

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About the author: Matt Stanford

Matt Stanford
Matt has been working in education for 10 years, teaching science to all ages from preschool to degree. Before he became a teacher he studied chemistry at Masters level and completed his PhD at The University of Warwick. It was during his time at university that he got involved in outreach work in local primary schools and found his passion for inspiring learning.

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