See you at the Ed Show?

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The Education Show 2014 is taking place at the NEC in Birmingham again this year. You can get more details about where it is and what is on here.  I have been before as a visitor, but this year I am having to earn my keep!

I will be there all day on Friday (21st March). If you want to come and say ‘hello’ you will mostly find me on the A and C Black  stand – J49-H50 or the TTS stand – C20 where I am launching an enhancement box all about ‘Exploration’.


 The ‘Box of Exploration’ has a selection of open ended resources for practitioners to use to support and inspire children’s ideas and learning as well as a book of ideas and a disc of downloads to get you started.

When it came to deciding what I would like to put into a box for exploration, I came up with a list as long as your arm, but I couldn’t have everything (there wouldn’t have been a box big enough to fit it all in)! So, I have tried to include resources that will give the most scope for taking learning in any direction as well as link into some common interests that children have around exploration – like pirates.

The team at TTS have worked really hard to put it all together!

In the box, you will find:

a miniature magic lamp…


 a brass telescope…


 and compass…


a pouch and some silver coins…


an ‘ancient’ gold mask…



 a fossilised arrow head


a hollow ‘hiding’ stone


some writing quills…


and a code maker/breaker



So, plenty to get you started, plus a few ideas to help.

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If you want to come and have a closer look at the box or just fancy a chat, it would be great to see you at the show. So, if you are there please pop over and say ‘hello’. 


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Comments 3

  1. Nicki Scott

    Is it possible to get one of these boxes delivered? I teach in Thailand so Birmingham is a bit far to come for me! If you can’t deliver abroad, I have an English address also.

  2. abc does

    Hi Nicki
    The boxes are being sold through TTS. They are being launched at the Education Show and should be available to buy from them after that. Yes, they do deliver to Thailand!

  3. Cathy Finney

    I read with interest your article on superhero/gun play. With 20 boys in my class you can imagine a lot of gun superhero play goes on! As a staff team we have tried to embrace it – adding dressing up, props etc. to support play and recording children’s narratives. Also discussing with the children basic rules to keep everyone safe and happy. Its interesting which objects around the classroom are used for makeshift weapons – the wooden and foam numerals are often the resource of choice particularly number 7. And we thought they were going to stick pegs in them and put them in order!

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