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I am an ex-childminder with Early Years Teacher Status and a teacher in Reception. I have a special interest in Communication and Language, and Number.

I am an ex-childminder with Early Years Teacher Status and a teacher in Reception. I have a special interest in Communication and Language, and Number.
Nursery Rhyme Story Mat Bundle. (Counting to 5)

Nursery Rhyme Story Mat Bundle. (Counting to 5)

These Nursery Rhyme story mats are perfect for enhancing both Communication & Language and Mathematics in your continuous provision. 3 colourful story mat designs each with a bold background image and printable props for independent story telling and counting. 3 display posters with the full nursery rhyme text and matching page border. Rhymes included in this bundle; 5 little men in a flying saucer. 5 little ducks went swimming one day. 5 little monkeys jumping on the bed.
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Board Game Bundle, fine motor skills, turn taking, counting.

Board Game Bundle, fine motor skills, turn taking, counting.

Three colourful designs to tie in with different themes. Practice turn taking and counting skills as you move your counter around the board. Colour or trace the images on the answer sheet as you move around to complete your picture.
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Talk about Bundle (cut and stick activities to inspire talking)

Talk about Bundle (cut and stick activities to inspire talking)

Each of these cut and stick resources are packed full of choices to fire the imagination and inspire conversation. All print and go, zero teacher prep needed. These activities will get those funky fingers exercising and the conversation flowing.
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Ice cream cut & stick; fine motor skills, EYFS, KS1, data, money, speaking & listening.

Ice cream cut & stick; fine motor skills, EYFS, KS1, data, money, speaking & listening.

Who wants an ice cream? I do, I do! This colourful, cut and stick resource is ready to use straight from printing. Children can choose from 5 different flavours of ice cream and 6 different toppings to create their own, unique, mouthwatering visual treat. 2 differentiated order forms allow children to simply organise data or calculate the total cost of their creation. This is also a great "talk about" resource. Why not ask the children to "tell me about your ice-cream". Scissor skills, Making choices, Speaking and listening, Role play, Organising data, Taking orders, Money and addition.
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Talk about Bundle (cut and stick activities to inspire talking)

Talk about Bundle (cut and stick activities to inspire talking)

Each of these cut and stick resources are packed full of choices to fire the imagination and inspire conversation. All print and go, zero teacher prep needed. These activities will get those funky fingers exercising and the conversation flowing.
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Talk About Alien - cut & stick activity with a speaking & listening focus. EYFS, KS1.

Talk About Alien - cut & stick activity with a speaking & listening focus. EYFS, KS1.

Nothing gets children talking quite like choices. This cut and stick activity is bursting with choices to fire their imaginations, but is also "print and go" so perfect for busy teachers. Let their imaginations run wild as they design their own alien. Choose a body design and then add arms, legs,eyes etc... Choose full colour or colour your own. Now get them to tell you all about him/her. Ideas for conversation prompts and speaking games included.
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Board Game Bundle, fine motor skills, turn taking, counting.

Board Game Bundle, fine motor skills, turn taking, counting.

Three colourful designs to tie in with different themes. Practice turn taking and counting skills as you move your counter around the board. Colour or trace the images on the answer sheet as you move around to complete your picture.
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Gingerbread man board game - fine motor skills, numeracy, taking turns.

Gingerbread man board game - fine motor skills, numeracy, taking turns.

Children take it in turns to roll a dice and move around the board collecting parts of the gingerbread man. Each child has a printed answer sheet (differentiated sheets available) on which they trace or colour in their parts. The first child to complete their whole picture wins. Counting objects and actions to 1-6. 1:1 correspondence. Fine motor skills involved in tracing or colouring objects. Turn taking and following simple rules. You will need; a dice or spinner, a counter for each child. Ages 3-5
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Perfect Pizza; Fine motor skills, counting, addition, fractions, food, vegetables, role play, EYFS

Perfect Pizza; Fine motor skills, counting, addition, fractions, food, vegetables, role play, EYFS

Children will love cutting out their pizza base and selecting and cutting out their toppings. They'll be having so much fun their wont notice all the fine motor skills practise they are doing! Topping come in a variety of shapes and sizes for differentiated cutting practise. Choose from 4 pizza bases; whole or divided into 4, 6 or 8 slices. Supports; role play (pizza take away, restuarant) naming different foods including meats, fruit and vegetables. counting comparing amounts adding halving fractions
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Phonics Train Value Bundle- Phase 1 & 2 letters and sounds + alphabet train; alliteration, rhyme, spelling, reading, letter names.

Phonics Train Value Bundle- Phase 1 & 2 letters and sounds + alphabet train; alliteration, rhyme, spelling, reading, letter names.

Alphabet Upper case letters on the engines and lower case letters on the wagons. Spell any name by joining the wagons to the correct capital letter engine. Also ideal for teaching letter names and matching upper and lower case letters. Alliteration The "starting sounds" engines have lost their wagons. Can your children find all three picture wagons to match their engine's starting sound? Rhyming The "rhyming" engines are waiting for three rhyming wagons to be coupled on. Can your children use the pictures and words on the wagons to make a rhyming string and complete the train? Spelling 12 engines with bold and bright pictures of phase 2, decodable, CVC words. Children sound out the word before using the letter wagons to spell the word and complete the train. Reading Short captions represent an important developmental bridge between reading individual words and reading whole books. Children match the decodable, phase 2 captions on the coupled wagons to the correct engine picture.
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Pirate Treasure Board Game; Numeracy, Computing, CoEL

Pirate Treasure Board Game; Numeracy, Computing, CoEL

Basic strategy game for Early Years/KS1. Children move their pirate around the treasure map; pirates can move horizontally, vertically or a combination of both. Any treasure the pirate passes over becomes theirs to keep. Children will need to use their number skills. (Differentiated game play available: counting only -vs- counting and simple addition. Children will be using simple algorithms when they plan the direction and order of their three movements each turn. Children will be planning ahead, reviewing and changing their strategy as the game progresses. This simple games takes under 5 minutes to complete making it ideal for those with a shorter attention span. Tried and tested with children from EYFS and KS1.
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Fine Motor Easter Eggs

Fine Motor Easter Eggs

Colourful Easter Eggs. No prep resource. Handwriting inspired patterns to trace. Simple scissor skills practise. Colour, black & white and blank versions available. Makes a lovely addition to an Easter Display.
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Snowman board game; numeracy, fine motor skills and turn taking.

Snowman board game; numeracy, fine motor skills and turn taking.

Children take it in turns to roll a dice and move around the board collecting parts of the snowman. Each child has a printed answer sheet (differentiated sheets available) on which they trace or colour in their parts. The first child to complete their whole picture wins. Counting objects and actions to 1-6. 1:1 correspondence. Fine motor skills involved in tracing or colouring objects. Turn taking and following simple rules. You will need; a dice or spinner, a counter for each child. Ages 3-5
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Flower board game; numeracy, fine motor skills, turn taking.

Flower board game; numeracy, fine motor skills, turn taking.

Children take it in turns to roll a dice and move around the board collecting parts of the flower picture. Each child has a printed answer sheet (differentiated sheets available) on which they trace or colour in their parts. The first child to complete their whole picture wins. Counting objects and actions to 1-6. 1:1 correspondence. Fine motor skills involved in tracing or colouring objects. Turn taking and following simple rules. You will need; a dice or spinner, a counter for each child. Ages 3-5
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Phonics train -Phase 1 letters and sounds; Alliteration, Initial sounds, Rhyming,

Phonics train -Phase 1 letters and sounds; Alliteration, Initial sounds, Rhyming,

This colourful train will help children practise the essential pre-reading skills of alliteration and rhyming. Alliteration The "starting sounds" engines have lost their wagons. Can your children find all three picture wagons to match their engine's starting sound? Rhyming The "rhyming" engines are waiting for three rhyming wagons to be coupled on. Can your children use the pictures and words on the wagons to make a rhyming string and complete the train? Perfect for continuous provision or adult led small group work.
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Phonics train - Phase 2 letters and sounds; CVC words, Segmenting for Spelling, Reading captions.

Phonics train - Phase 2 letters and sounds; CVC words, Segmenting for Spelling, Reading captions.

This colourful resource will inspire your train enthusiasts to practise their phonics knowledge. Ideal for continuous provision or small group work. Spelling 12 engines with bold and bright pictures of phase 2, decodable, CVC words. Children sound out the word before using the letter wagons to spell the word and complete the train. Reading Short captions represent an important developmental bridge between reading individual words and reading whole books. Children match the decodable, phase 2 captions on the coupled wagons to the correct engine picture.
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5 little monkeys jumping on the bed storymat; EYFS, C&L, story telling, counting, nursery rhyme.

5 little monkeys jumping on the bed storymat; EYFS, C&L, story telling, counting, nursery rhyme.

This printable story mat has 5 cute moveable monkeys plus a mummy and doctor character. This well known rhyme has repeated phrasing and a simple story arch, making it easy to learn and ideal for independent story telling. This resource will enhance communication and language in your continuous provision. Tell the story of the 5 little monkeys jumping on the bed. The doctor warns them "no more monkeys jumping on the bed" but they don't listen! One by one the naughty monkeys fall off the bed and bump their heads. Ideal for prompting conversations about risk, rules and consequences. Ideal for practising counting to 5 and one to one correspondence. A4 and A3 printable versions of the story mat and characters included as well as a display poster of the full nursery rhyme.
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Numeracy Train; Matching numerals to amounts, Addition, subtraction, multiplication, EYFS, KS1

Numeracy Train; Matching numerals to amounts, Addition, subtraction, multiplication, EYFS, KS1

Children will steam ahead with their maths skills with this friendly number train. Colourful train design. Numbered wagons 1-20. Teddy bear freight for counting and matching to numerals 1-20. Operator wagons + - and = for building number sentences.An extra set of teddy bear freight with numerals labelled for ease of use when completing number sentences. Multiplication challenges on engines for extra challenge. Print and go as a paper based "cut & stick" activity or laminate for long term use in continuous provision.
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Nursery Rhyme Story Mat Bundle. (Counting to 5)

Nursery Rhyme Story Mat Bundle. (Counting to 5)

These Nursery Rhyme story mats are perfect for enhancing both Communication & Language and Mathematics in your continuous provision. 3 colourful story mat designs each with a bold background image and printable props for independent story telling and counting. 3 display posters with the full nursery rhyme text and matching page border. Rhymes included in this bundle; 5 little men in a flying saucer. 5 little ducks went swimming one day. 5 little monkeys jumping on the bed.
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