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5 Stimulating and Fun Ways to Teach the Easter Story

Posted by in childrens activities, childrens songs, easter songs, education

As Easter approaches, there’s usually one thing on children’s minds: chocolate. And with cute bunnies and chicks dominating homes, shops and TV channels, it can be easy for them to forget or overlook the true meaning behind Easter. Here you’ll find some fun ways to teach the Easter story that will keep children on their toes whilst reinforcing the significance of this important time of year.

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Nativity Plays For Small Groups: Ideas and Suggestions

Posted by in christmas play, nativity play

As a teacher at a small school, you might be struggling to find a Christmas play that doesn’t require a host of angels, shepherds, stable animals and the rest. However, they do exist, and many scripts are flexible enough that they can be chopped and changed to suit smaller classes. Here are some suggestions to help you adapt the cast list to suit the size of your production along with some recommended nativity plays for small groups.

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Best Scented Candles for Christmas on a Budget

Posted by in Christmas, Home Improvements

5 affordable Christmas candles that smell expensive The smoky aromas of a crackling log fire, a tang of sweet orange spiced with cinnamon and cloves… If you’re anything like me, there’s nothing quite like a warming fragrance to get you feeling festive. But if you’re shopping for scented Christmas candles on a budget, it’s easy to end up with one that smells artificial and sickly sweet, like the fragrance aisle in a knock-off homeware store.

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What to Look For When Buying a Gas Fireplace

Posted by in Home Furnishings, Home Improvements

If you’re looking to add extra warmth to a room without wasting energy heating the rest of the house, a gas fire offers the most cost effective way to do so. But with so many different options to choose from, it’s important to do your research before buying a gas fireplace so that you can get the greatest possible value (and warmth) for your money.

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Best Educational Songs for Children: Key Stages 0 – 2

Posted by in childrens songs, education, primary school songs

Music is an excellent tool for introducing and reinforcing subject matter. Used well, it can aid awareness, engagement and retention in class whilst enhancing creativity and promoting a sense of connectivity. Out of the Ark has a fantastic selection of tried and trusted curriculum-based educational songs for children in nursery and primary school, ideal for bringing core topics to life.

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A 5-Minute Guide to Yukata Kimono

Posted by in Japanese Kimono

What is a yukata? First of all, what is a yukata when it’s at home? Put simply, it’s a casual style of Japanese kimono with straight seams and wide sleeves, typically worn after bathing and during the warmer months of the year. If you buy a kimono in the UK, chances are it’ll be a yukata like the ones shown here as opposed to a formal-style kimono such as a furisode, which are more elaborate and expensive, and somewhat laborious to put on.

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Old Meets New: Creating a Classic Contemporary Bathroom

Posted by in bathroom design, Interior Design

Envisage a classically styled bathroom brought up to date with modern, reliable engineering. By mixing and matching the best elements of traditional and contemporary bathrooms, you can create a unique space designed for modern living without compromising on character. Read on for some pointers on creating a classic contemporary bathroom that’ll rival the efforts of any interior designer.

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Top 8 Vintage Dining Room Ideas

Posted by in Home Furnishings, Home Improvements, Interior Design

Create the perfect vintage-style dining room with these top tips The dining room is undergoing something of an overhaul, with imposing, highly polished interiors giving way to fun and funky schemes that blend different time periods and styles, and which refuse to take themselves too seriously. Whether you’re going chic and retro or cosy and rustic, these vintage dining room ideas will help you get it right first time.

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