Minmoov Toolbox

Here at Minmoov we believe helping young children to grow and develop is all about keeping it simple and providing a holistic play-based programme of learning and development.

The programme has been developed by early years physical development specialists in partnership with early years teachers and practitioners.

With a focus on physical development and play-based approaches, the Minmoov toolbox provides you with training, tools, information, ideas and support every month suitable for children from 3 years to 7 years old, including those with SEND. 

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Minmoov Toolbox Sections

Pathways

Active Stories

Mini Yo! – Yoga

Active Skills

Indoors

Outdoors

ABC’S

Maths

CLL

PSED

Movement to Music

Top Tips

Training

Mountain Movers – Adult benefits

All areas will consider inclusion

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Pathway

There are two pathways that can be followed:

  1. Physical Skills
  2. Play-Based

Physical Skills Pathway

Children in the early years need to develop their gross and fine motor skills and sometimes it is hard to know where to start.

The Skills pathway covers 12 weeks and will focus on 3 skills each week, e.g. week one – JUMP, CRAWL, SHUFFLE.

Play-based Pathway

Children in the early years learn and grow best when they spend time in the right environment, feel safe and secure, and are challenged and encouraged to challenge themselves.

The play-based pathway covers 8 weeks and focusses on developing an enabling and effective learning environment, effective teaching strategies, risk taking and action planning improvements.

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Mini Yo!

Mini Yo! is an exciting and fun way for children of all ages, to develop physically, emotionally and creatively. The yoga-based moves and activities can be used for relaxing as well as encouraging children to be active.

Every month this section will be updated with a film of either a new Mini Yo! Story film (with supporting moves films) or new Mini Yo! Mindfulness session.

If you have the Mini Yo! cards (see resources page) you can use them to create your own activities and stories alongside the films provided here.

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Activity Videos and Downloads

Each section will provide you with information, downloadable activities and videos that  children can follow, supporting your play-based practice.

You can follow an active story or use the information to create your own. 

You can try out the suggested Movement to Music activities or use the 5 Dance Basics to choreograph your own.

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Cross-Curricular Activities

Children will learn many things through movement and play, such as interacting with each other- Social Skills, numbers and how they and shapes fit together- Mathematics and new words and how they look and sound- Language, Literacy & Communication.

When planning for all other Areas of Learning/Subjects, include a physical activity section.  This will allow you to teach children in the traditional way and further enhance what they have learnt through engaging, enjoyable physical activities.

Each month this section will focus on a different area of learning and provide activity ideas to support learning in the different areas.

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ABC’S

Children will need to develop good foundation skills to underpin their physical ability, not only for games, activities and sports but also in order to complete simple day-to-day tasks.

It is therefore important to provide many opportunities, especially in the early years, for children to develop these Foundations (ABC’S).

Each month will focus on a different Foundation, providing information and activity ideas to support the development of that particular area.

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Training

Grow Members will have access to  the CPD section that provides short modules to help you develop your knowledge and skills to deliver a high-quality play-based provision.

Simply watch the Module video, take and pass the short quiz, download the supporting material. This will make learning and developing your knowledge easy.

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Top Tips

We have created a Top Tip Generator aiming to give you a bit of inspiration for the day.

Each time you visit this page you will receive a different Top Tip from early years specialists and we hope will give you some food for thought.

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