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

Rhythm is a critical area for both communication and physical skills development, so how can practitioners ensure children's learning is supported? Lala Manners reports.

Outdoor environments can offer good opportunities for children to build and develop hand-eye co-ordination, if the right interventions are made. Julie Mountain considers the best approaches.

Extending ways to build children's physical strength with a range of interesting resources and activities is easy - and vital, says Julie Mountain.

Many sports and games require good balls skills, but learning to catch, throw, kick and aim benefits young children in ways far beyond the playing field.

Simple equipment and activities are all it takes to develop children's ball skills.

Providing opportunities for active outdoor play significantly increases children's agility and it need not be expensive, says Julie Mountain.

Picking up rhymes supported by physical actions seems to be innate in children. But how adults mediate is important for later literacy development, says Opal Dunn

Children enjoyed the first signs of spring on their latest trip to the woods, explains Martin Pace, director, Reflections Nursery & Forest School, Worthing, West Sussex.

Chldren's eagerness to help out with the domestic chores provides the perfect link between home and nursery, as Kim Ritson explains.