Ring and the Magpie

Ring and the Magpie

What is it?

‘Ring and the Magpie’ is short course aimed at engaging babies and their siblings in creative activities that they can both enjoy together, full of fun activities which encourage participation between older and younger siblings. Get involved yourself and they’ll soon start their own ideas!

Who is it for?

This course is ideal for engaging babies and their siblings in creative activities that they can both enjoy together.

cornflour face painting

cornflour face painting

What’s Involved?

Over six sessions Carousel artists explore activities which could be meaningful for both babies and their older siblings and which would encourage interaction and collaborative play.


A kit exploring play ideas for all under 5s.

Download the Ring and the Magpie Kit Carousel Kit… a kit exploring play ideas for all under 5s.

This kit is based on ideas developed by artists Tamsin Pender & Catherine Cartwright during our course, ‘The Ring and the Magpie’, exploring ways in which creative activities can engage both babies and older sibling

Background to the course

The course has been developed based on the findings from our Action Research project, Round and Round you Turn Me, in partnership with University of Exeter’s (UoE) Graduate School of Education, via Dr Kerry Chappell.  Through this project we researched into ‘how and why creativity has an impact on young lives’, delivering six mini projects over 2013/14, across a diverse range of early years settings, targeting a variety of age-ranges under 5.   For ‘Looking In Looking Out’, we questioned ‘How do two artists from different disciplines can collaborate to support early years development?.  The course took place at the Stoke Canon Scallywags group, a community session for local early years children and the village pre-school.

Find out more about ‘Round and Round you Turn Me‘ and watch the film below.

Round and Round You Turn Me – An Action Research Project from RA Projects on Vimeo.


If you are interested in booking the course,  or to find out more, please contact katherine@thecarouselproject.org.uk. We are always keen to work with EY setting to raise the funds to deliver our courses so please do get in touch.