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From seeing the sky in puddles to finding the symmetry in faces, there are lots of ways to mirror all areas of the curriculum, say Carole Skinner, Fran Mosley and Sheila Ebbutt.

A small outdoor area provides huge opportunities for play and learning at one pre-school that can draw on Forest School leadership. Michelle Shaw and Ruth Thompson describe how they created it.

A short film launched a month-long multi-media project covering everything from science to emotions, says Lynn Scott, foundation stage advanced skills teacher at Childwall Valley Primary School, Liverpool.

Staff at Rainbow Nursery, Middlestone Moor, provide continuing opportunities for the children in the Rainbow Room to explore a wide range of creative media, both indoors and outdoors.

Here are some ideas to show how a nursery can build up a wealth of resources to help children to learn, appreciate and have fun with the largest land animal, from Jean Evans.

Take a look at opportunities you have for creating interactive spaces outdoors, says Elizabeth Jarman.

Bring your outdoors area in and show it off to parents with an interactive display, as Sheila Gardiner and Karen Crawford did.

Take to the water and discover the scope for cross-curricular learning, imagination and creative activities in making and sailing boats, with suggestions from Jean Evans.

Dolls happily lend themselves to use in extended play across all areas of early years provision, and their houses make the perfect resource for domestic and construction activities, says Judith Stevens.