Product Review – Leaves Trail by Muddy Faces

Muddy Faces is one of those websites you browse round going “oooh” and “aaaah” followed by a purchase. Everything is accessible in terms of price and it most certainly is appealing to the children.

I was lucky enough to be sent a set of the 1 – 5 Leaves Trail by the gang at Muddy Faces to review and it has proved a hit in my setting with the children.

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As you will see in the picture above the concept appears to be pretty simple but between the children and myself we discovered a whole lot more with these cost-effective discs.

First of all it allows you to work on counting 1 – 5 with the children. There is the written number as well as the corresponding number of leaves on the other side.

What we also discovered is the sensory experiences available with these discs. The smell of the wood was very attractive to the children and I did spot them picking them up a few times to smells (and even lick, but that’s another story!)

Next discovery was the bark being left intact. A great way of introducing discussion about trees without really trying.

The set can be used, like most resources in early years settings, inside and out. We had ours on our tuff tray with lots of leaves and Arthur the Hedgehog! The set is also highly cost effective at £17.99 including VAT and delivery is fast which is always a bonus for us practitioners as we want a new resource fast before the children’s interest peaks!

They most certainly get two thumbs up from me!

You can order them online, and take a look at the other goodies available here:

Muddy Faces Website

Autumn Provocation – Hedgehogs!

I genuinely have a love for Hedgehogs, they are lovely creatures and a gardeners friend as they love to eat slugs. They also make me think of Autumn as they usually like to snuggle up in the copious amounts of leaves that fall down.

I’ve created a little provocation for Arthur, my own (less than prickly) Hedgehog who is about to visit my children. He doesn’t yet have a home to hibernate in so my children need to discuss and research what Hedgehogs need to eat and sleep in.

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I’ve created a little story around Arthur meeting me at a castle (I’m currently on holiday and went to visit Bamburgh castle.)

Have a read of the story I created and you’ll see the provocation points within which allow the children to ask questions and find out facts – Click Here to Download

Please do let me know how you get on.