I totally meant to write about this last week but you know how life runs away with you?
Well last week we were delighted to welcome James Tunnell from Nursery Nook into our setting for a twilight session talking about loose parts and open ended play. James has an utter passion for this and it showed in his enthusiasm and eagerness to share his knowledge and experience with us, I sort of rate it a kid in a sweet shop type enthusiasm!
There was an opportunity to play with a huge variety of loose parts (James really needs a bigger car!) but, genuinely, I could have sat and listened to him all night long.
If you are in the wider Yorkshire area and would like to book him then visit his website:
It has to be said first of all that maths is probably one of the weakest areas of my practice, mainly because I’ve never been brilliant at it myself, so when I see something exciting for Early Years Maths I like to know more. Recently I saw these amazing resources in a Mini Maths Kit handmade by James from Nursery Nook I knew I had to have them in my armoury!
First of all in the kit there’s the Babushka Dolls.
Great for the basics of 1 – 5 as well as ordering. Cute and comical design there are highly engaging for children.
Then we have the Peg Family.
I’ve got 2 sets of these, one painted and one plain. Again great for the basics of 1-5 (or even 10) and ordering by height.
James also does these in a plain set of 5 if you want to add more to your Peg Family!
The Counting acorns are brilliant too!
As you can see from the picture I’ve used them to group into specific numbers. You can pair these with written numbers to extend the understanding of number. You can also use them with these mini egg cup holders:
Wood Slice numbers are great for ordering, written number recognition and counting out.
And finally there’s the cubes.
Big and small, numbers 1 to 10 and even pushing off towards 20.
All of the resources have been chosen carefully and crafted by James so you are guaranteed something unique and for a value price of £32.50. If you conisder this against the plastic resources you can buy from the major suppliers you know you are getting true value for money.