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Explorers and Adventurers

Steph Coleman 28 February 2019

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Conquering the home learning environment has never been so Easy(Peasy!)

Unlocking the magic of play with your Nursery and Reception Parents/Carers* and Children is Easy-Peasy! We’ve created two separate programmes for your keen Explorers and intrepid Adventurers so Practitioners can tailor EasyPeasy content to fit the individual. Practitioners know the learning needs of their Children best after all!

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You say Nursery, we say Explorers…Let’s call the whole thing off? No — we’ll tell you why Excellent question! In fact, this is one of the most common questions we get from our Community.

Let’s demystify this one — We say Explorers and Adventurers, not Nursery and Reception because ‘Nursery’ isn’t a term that’s universally relevant to all of our user groups and importantly we want to ensure that Children of different ages and abilities are accessing the right programme.

Our game content is generally suitable for Children aged between 2- 5 years old . We say that Explorers content is typically suitable for Nursery Children and Adventurers content is typically suitable for Reception Children. We do however we leave it up to Practitioners to decide who receives what programme as you might have Children who would benefit from one programme over the other. This is another reason why we don’t categorise our games by age.

"While all of the seven learning areas of the EYFS are demonstrated within the Explorers and Adventurers programmes, you will find that the Explorers games demonstrate skills of a younger developmental stage than Adventurers"

While all of the seven learning areas of the EYFS are demonstrated within the Explorers and Adventurers programmes, you will find that the Explorers games demonstrate skills of a younger developmental stage than Adventurers. For example, both games ‘Tower of Hands’ (Explorers) and ‘Category Clap’ (Adventurers) target language and communication but demonstrate different levels of development. Tower of Hands helps Children practice turn taking, which is a foundational skill that encourages attention and listening skills needed for early language learning. Royal Frog helps children practise new vocabulary and categories — skills that are true of older an developmental stage.

Sounds good — but how many games do we get in each programme? Both Explorers and Adventurers have ‘starter’ games and then a new game is released weekly across the 20 week programme! This means Parents in each programme have 32 game ideas to play with, along with extra challenge levels, tips and advice that accompany each game.

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Pod Leader tip By using EasyPeasy’s games in your own sessions, Practitioners can save time on planning, and can create consistency for the Child where the same games are being played at home! This is a wonderful way to close the gap between the early years setting and home — play can literally happen anywhere at anytime.

NEW! Explorer and Adventurer resource guides Based on recent Pod Leader feedback, we’ve created extra resources to help Practitioners prepare and engage Parents ahead of the weekly game releases.

The guides are conveniently split into ‘Explorers’ and ‘Adventurers’ to make it easy to plan ahead. If you wish to provide any resources for your Families to help them to play EasyPeasy games at home, or if you want to play EasyPeasy games in your classroom then hopefully these guides will help you.

Enjoy!

Best wishes from your EasyPeasy Team

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*Throughout this post, wherever we refer to “Parents” we mean “Parents’ and Carers”, including for example Grandparents and older siblings when they have significant caring responsibilities for Children.

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