It’s very dark!

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By Nina Filipekfreelance education writer and supply teacher

original article published 7 January 2008

Explore some of the exciting aspects of night-time and the dark

night time

Activities in this article:

1. Dark area
2. Nocturnal animals
3. Who’s afraid of the dark?
4. Cave explorers

1 Dark area

Physical Development

Moving and Handling

Early learning goal: children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space.

What you need

Blankets; curtains; black paper; objects with different textures such as furry and plastic toys, metal spoon, wooden spoon, woollen hat or glove, cloth slipper; objects with distinctive smells such as bar of soap, pomander; objects with distinctive sounds such as tambourine, bell, maracas; safe, edible objects with distinctive textures, shapes and smells such as orange, apple, banana; extra adult help to supervise the children in the dark area.

What to do

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