Books: Looking for Learning by @littlemiss_ey via @BloomsburyEd

How to identify learning in child-initiated play

Looking for Learning: Maths through Play & Mark Making

£10.99*
9.4

Content

9.5/10

Accessible

9.5/10

Authority

9.5/10

Practical

9.5/10

Value

9.0/10

Pros

  • Books accompany the others in the series exploring practical opportunities within the early year to enhance mathematics through play and develop fine motor skills with mark making.
  • The books are packed with fantastic photographs, showcasing the collection of practical ideas that can support young children's development.
  • Both books encourage a mix of activities that can be initiated inside or outside of an early years setting all year round.
  • The books offer advice for early years practitioners on identifying learning in child-initiated play, and how to record in continuous provision.
  • These are fantastic books that can support creative opportunities for young children, perfect for early year practitioners working with under 5's.

Supported by Bloomsbury Education

Looking for Learning books are the number one tool for identifying learning opportunities in child-led play. All four books are packed full of tried-and-tested ideas for indoor and outdoor activities, helpful hints and tips and full-colour photographs. Written by Laura England, known as Little Miss Early Years, these are a must-have for any nursery or pre-school.



Looking for Learning: Maths through Play is a full-colour, practical guide to encourage children to think about maths while playing, using a range of common resources that will spark their curiosity. It is full of creative suggestions for incorporating mathematical concepts ­– counting, comparison, composition, shape, pattern and number – into child-led play. The book contains ideas for bringing mathematical learning into children’s favourite activities: role play and construction; art and nature; sand and water play and even simple technology-based activities using projectors or torches. The book also provides advice about getting children talking about maths during daily routines in Early Years settings.

This dip-in-and-out book is linked to the Characteristics of Effective Learning and presents case studies, real-life images and practical pointers on how to use play for early mathematical concepts. With tips from setting up the environment to the adult’s role in this child-led play, Looking for Learning: Maths through Play is ideal for all Early Years practitioners searching for accessible ideas for incorporating mathematical learning through play into their settings.


Looking for Learning: Mark Making is a full-colour, practical guide to mark making in Early Years settings. It will help you spark children’s natural curiosity in seeing what happens when they make marks with their fingers, bodies and toys, as well as materials from nature and from your art supplies. From drawing around shadows and swirling paint in water, to printing animal footprints, Laura England, creator of Little Miss Early Years, provides a wealth of creative ideas for incorporating mark making into all child-led play, both indoors and outside.

Developing mark making and building language skills are crucial as young children begin to build their confidence in communicating. This dip-in-and-out book is linked to the Characteristics of Effective Learning and presents real-life examples and images as well as practical pointers.

With tips from setting up the environment to the adult’s role in this child-led play, Looking for Learning: Mark Making is ideal for all Early Years practitioners searching for accessible ideas for using mark making in their settings.


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