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Use this colourful season to introduce children to a changing environment and encourage physical development, suggests Marianne Sargent.

Introducing some waste-inspired activities can help children learn about reusing, recycling and disposal. Marianne Sargent suggests a range of approaches.

Cooking and playing with these colourful, exciting ingredients will help children build their knowledge of different tastes, says Marianne Sargent.

Big, noisy and colourful - these machines offer inspiration for activities that are both fun and educational. Marianne Sargent takes a closer look.

These dark spaces hold the promise of adventure for children and can promote fun, learning and creativity, says Marianne Sargent.

Using these historic creatures to inspire games and activities can help to build curiousity and imagination, advises Marianne Sargent.

Seeds, greens and legumes can be used to create a whole host of interesting and enjoyable learning opportunities. Marianne Sargent offers some food for thought.

Outer space is a fascinating topic, and technological advances mean that we can now see it in great detail. The following ideas bring the sun, moon and stars into the early years setting.

Monsters offer a rich source of activity to develop children's creativity and explore fear and emotions. By Marianne Sargent

Play involving hands and feet can help develop observation and thinking skills beyond simple recognition of size, shape and pattern. Marianne Sargent suggests some ideas.