Hello Boys and Girls.
We have loved seeing your photographs last week – amazing artwork, bear hunts, paintings, gorgeous snacks –the list is endless. We are so proud of you.
This week we have even more fun activities for you to do at home.
Mums and Dads we have also highlighted the learning that takes place – you will be amazed how much learning through play!!
Here we go – Two activities a day for you to do at home with your child but only when suits. We appreciate these are very difficult times. Try to establish a routine – young children thrive on routine and it makes these changes in their lives less scary for them. If at all possible get your child outside into your garden or back yard or for a walk.
- Make a den in your Living Room. Kids love this and let them take the lead. Provide them with a sheet, cushions, pillows, books, blankets, favourite toy etc – they will spend ages sorting the area then enjoying spending time in it. You can read their favourite story to them in their den, join in their play with them, encourage them to talk about what they are doing and above all have fun. (Gross motor skills developed, Language skills, Counting cushions etc)
- Take part in Joe Wicks’ simple workout in mornings. They are so much fun and kids are taking part in Exercise.
- Memory game. You and your child collect any 5 items from around your house. Encourage your child to name the object and describe what is used for eg hairbrush, egg cup, clothes peg, book , and spoon. Put the objects on a tray or table. Name them again. Cover with a cloth or tea towel. Ask your child to close their eyes and count to 5 and take one object away. Which one is missing? You can extend this by taking away two objects. (Memory skills, Language skills, Listening skills)
- When weather is nice outside, go and collect some natural resources in your garden or yard-eg a leaf, stones, twigs, stones – your child can now make their own picture (Temporary Art). Count the twigs and stones, talk about the shape of the leaf, colours of the flowers(Early Maths)
- Gather up some clothes pegs – Count them with your child. You can also ask your child “How many clothes pegs have we got? Find a small piece of cardboard and encourage your child to attach the clothes pegs round the edges of the cardboard. You can cut the cardboard into different shapes for your child to develop their awareness of different shapes.(Fine motor skills essential for holding pencils etc)
- Bath time. When your child is in the bath give them a plastic jug, empty yoghurt pots, empty plastic bowls (If possible different sizes of bowls)- Encourage your child to pour water from the jug into the pots- Is the jug full, Which bowl is the biggest?, How many yoghurt pots have we? How would we fill the jug ½ full? Which pot is the smallest?(Maths Language and Hand Eye Coordination pouring the water, Problem solving skills)
- Mark making- Provide your child with paper and a pencil. Give them tasks eg Draw a line, draw a circle for a face, add two eyes a nose and mouth etc Display their finished work in your house so they can see you are really proud of it. Write their name on their work (Only use capital letter at start of name). (Following instructions, Developing skill of holding a pencil, Becoming aware of their written name)
- Talk time – Sit down with your child and let them take the lead in the conversation. Encourage them to take turns in conversation and to listen when you are talking. Ask them questions to extend their vocabulary .(Attention and Listening Skills)
- Have a puppet show with Teddy Bears or use old sock to make a hand puppet with your child- you take the lead and use this puppet show to talk to your child about their feelings and experiences – you will be amazed how imaginative they can be. We use puppets in school to highlight “ Good Choices” eg being kind to others, safe hands etc (Emotional Development, Imagination, Fun)
- Key Language Game – We have downloaded our March April Key Language Sheets. Take time and go through them with your child. Start by talking about the names of the animals, get them to show you the mummy animal and their baby, make sounds of different animals etc. (World Around Us)
Bedtime Routine- If possible be consistent every night- eg Bath, Story, Sleep. Please try and read a bedtime story to your child as often as possible. This is a precious bonding time for you and your child. Enjoy. Best wishes Mrs Brown Mrs Black Mrs Elliott Mrs Murray and Mrs Capper.