There are few resources about religious festivals aimed at 3- to 6-year-olds but Child's Eye Media has brought out a video, with teachers'
notes and ideas for activities, about Hanukkah, Diwali, Eid-ul-fitr and the Chinese New Year. It is the first of a series that will soon be followed with others about Christmas and Easter and early years themes such as transport and people who help us.
Child's Eye Media, tel 0161 374 5509 www.childseyemedia.com
Humans give food and shelter to many creatures in return for their company but animal cruelty has been on the rise, says Kate Fowler-Reeves of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta). "We aim to teach that animals are wonderful and deserving of our kindness."
Peta's free education packs include Share the World (poster, video and teachers' booklet) and Citizenship: Animals in Today's Society (eight lesson plans).
PETA research and educational foundation, www.sharetheworld.org.uk
Teachers often feel ill-prepared to deal with children's emotions, but a system of monitoring developed in Belgium is now on offer in the UK to help teachers decide if a child needs more help.
A Box Full of Feelings is a simple and inexpensive resource grounded in research and practice. Its developers say it can make children more alert to feelings and lead to a more differentiated vocabulary about emotions to help them cope.
Smallwood Publishing, www.smallwood.co.uk
Proud Parent books, with a small board book inside a larger one, published by Child's Play, bring novelty to shared reading. New titles include The Tiger and the Wise Man by Andrew Fusek Peters and What I Like by Gervase Phinn, who will be at the show.
Child's Play, www.childs-play.com
You can't run a school without teachers but you can run a school library without a librarian.
Junior Librarian is a self-service system that makes book issuing and returning easy enough for children to do themselves. Even cataloguing a big collection is automated. If a book has an ISBN barcode, children can scan it and the system fills in the details for them.
Designed to run on a school network, not just a dedicated computer in the library, it enables pupils to search for books and websites and write reviews of what they have read.
Micro Librarian Systems, www.microlib.co.uk
FLIGHT OF FANTASY
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer had a very shiny nose I He has caught a cold just when Santa needs him most. Up steps young Ralph the reindeer. But just when the sleigh is laden and ready to go, Ralph makes a confession: he can't fly.
Learn how Ralph (right) and Rudolph save the day in a new musical that is guaranteed to make you smile. It is one of several new titles from Out of the Ark's range of inspirational CDs and songbooks.
Out of the Ark Music, www.outoftheark.com
Raising funds is easier if people get something for their money.
What could be more appealing to parents than a piece of their child's artwork turned to good use? This is the idea behind FunMats.
Every child's artwork can be made into a coaster, table mat, mouse mat or T-shirt, and there is no minimum order, says director Ken Beecroft.
Sweet Counter produces bright, colourful maths and language resources on laminated card, which have been designed by teachers and are available at a discount to exhibition visitors. Its latest products are sets of high frequency words and consonant, vowel, consonant words for youngsters who are just beginning to read. The firm also offers PVC wall fixtures with literacy and numeracy information to transform playgrounds or corridors into learning zones.
Sweet Counter/Playground Pictures, www.sweetcounter.co.uk
A cash dispenser stocked with toy money would not be popular on the high street, but in the classroom it is an ideal way to motivate pupils to learn money and number skills.
Economatics offers resources for a range of curriculum areas, but its design and technology origins can be seen in products such as the safari express, the kangaroo climber, the rainbow chute and the junior engineer. Other new resources include the Old MacDonald skittle set, Time Tracker, which helps pupils with timed tasks, and Pick 'n' Mix, which helps pupils to plan stories.
Economatics, www.economatics.co.uk/education Stand 6B
STUCK ON YOU
You can't beat a word of praise from a friendly dinosaur to motivate the weans. With stylish animal characters, the Sticker Factory's repertoire of stickers, stampers and badges to reward good behaviour and work are ideal for boosting motivation. They carry a range of inspirational messages, from "Star worker" and "Busy bee" to "I'm a healthy eater".
The Sticker Factory, www.thestickerfactory.co.uk