May 26, 2020

Prepping some multi-sensory packs to trial with the families of 'Mini Explorers' toddler group, whilst we're not able to meet. They contain lots of natural materials like sisal, wool, twigs, bark, feathers, cork, shells, hessian, pine cones and raffia to explore using...

May 19, 2020

We've been thinking about what multi-sensory, creative experiences children might be able to access in a world with Covid-19. We know outdoor play and learning has so many benefits for children and may have the potential to enable social interactions to begin again. We...

November 21, 2017

TheVERYidea are excited to be delivering the RSC's new weekly parent and baby/toddler groups from this Autumn onwards. Each session offers a Shakespeare-inspired, creative environment to play and explore plus music and movement opportunities.This half term it's The Temp...

June 8, 2017

Very excited to be testing out ideas with families in Stratford as part of a Research and Development project to develop a new baby and toddler group with the RSC. Three different environments inspired by Shakespeare's plays, including A Midsummer Night's Dream and The...

May 5, 2017

Here we are visiting the RSC last Tuesday as we're about to embark on a pilot project engaging very young children and their families with the works of Shakespeare. We will be working with children as young as 6 months old up to 5 year olds in The Other Place and using...

March 13, 2017

Artists, Matt Shaw and Barbara Jones are currently working with Gemma Foy, "Let's Animate" on Culture Coventry's exciting city-wide Community Arts Project. They have been gathering memories and stories from members of 4 different community groups - the Asian women's gr...

August 18, 2016

Come and join artist Louise on Tuesday 23 August at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens for this family based creative dance and movement session inspired by the gardens and children’s stories. It's open to all ages and family members.  Parents are encouraged to get involved...

July 20, 2016

We're back for more exciting outdoor Playday fun and creations with children and families at Leicester Town Hall Square on 3 August, National Playday  - organised by Leicester Children's Centres. Join artists, Matt and Barbara who will have loads of exciting, recycled...

July 19, 2016

TheVERYidea artists are thrilled to be working with staff and volunteers at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens. We recently delivered training on outdoor play and led a Big Family Playday in their fabulous gardens in June. We'll be enjoying more of their amazing spaces as pa...

April 6, 2016

Just back from Wirral Early Years Conference sharing active learning ideas for Maths. Matt and Barbara worked with Weave Early Years Training Partnership to facilitate creative workshops using their fantastic range of open-ended, recycled resources. Teachers and practi...

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