On this page we will be sharing with you a range of ideas to use with your child at home, similar to the activities that we would usually have on offer in nursery. Please remember they are only suggestions and are not a 'tick list' to be completed. We want the children to have fun with you and continue to be enthusiastic about their learning through play. Many of the activities do not require additional resources but use things that you probably have at home. Choose as many as you like, repeat your favourites (revisiting games is really important) and of course, feel free to make up your own!
Activity ideas for week beginning 13th July
Play a game using a dice.
Recognition of the patterns of dots on dice is an important skill. The more that children play these types of games then the easier the skill becomes. If you don’t have a game, create one using a basket of items – each time you roll the dice, choose the correct number of items from the basket.
Make a photo frame for a special picture. Use a piece of card to make a frame and decorate it. Once it is ready, you could display it or give it to someone as a gift.
Sink the boat!
Make a boat out of a plastic tray or a foil container. Float the boat in a bowl of water. Add people or small objects one at a time to the boat – how many can it take before it sinks?
Relax together –Teddy breaths – lie on the floor with a teddy or soft toy on your tummy. Slowly breathe in through your nose and feel your tummy filling with air – watch as your teddy rises. Slowly breathe back out and watch as your teddy comes slowly and gently back down. Repeat several times and enjoy the peace!
Number time - Make your own number frieze – make a number line divided into sections and draw the correct number of items in each section. E.g. number 1 – draw one apple / number 2 - draw 2 faces etc. Put it up on the wall and use it to revisit the numbers in the week.
Take turns to recall something that has made you happy during the day. This is a good activity to do just before bed. You can offer your ideas too – using different examples to reflect on things you have heard, seen, touched, tasted, kind words said etc.
Help your child to learn how to blow and wipe their own nose – talk about what we must do with the tissue afterwards and why? Do we always remember to wash our hands?
Make a scavenger hunt –
Write a list of things to find around the house and outside. This game will help with descriptive language and vocabulary.
Examples include –
Something that makes a noise
Something that smells
Activity ideas for week beginning 6th July
- Out and About - If you go on a walk to a park, collect some natural objects like leaves and twigs. When you get home make a picture collage with the items. If you find a small stick, you could make a 'magic wand' by attaching the leaves and twigs.
- Count it out - Lay out a set of numbers 1-10. Use small objects (e.g. button, counters, beads, cheerios, smarties) and count them out onto each number. The aim is to use 'careful counting' and make sure that the correct amount is put out for each number. For an additional challenge - take one of the items away and see if your child can work out which number no longer has the correct amount.
- Talk about opposites - there are lots of pairs of words that are opposites. Use the words with your child as you go through the day. Once they are familiar with them and understand the meanings - play the opposite game where you say one word and your child replies with the opposite word. Examples include - hot/cold, heavy/light, on/off, long/short, first/last, full /empty, old/new ,day/night, loud/quiet, fast/slow, long/short, up/down, push/pull, big/little.
- Staying active! - Set up family races in the garden or the park. Use something to mark the start and finish lines. Try running, jumping, skipping, hopping or even 'walking backwards' races. Race with a rolled up ball of socks on your head as a balancing race. Keep a tally of scores to see who wins! You could even make medals or certificates to give to the winners.
- Make marks - put shaving foam onto a wipeable surface or a sheet of foil. Use your finger to make patterns and letter shapes in the foam. Practise writing letters from your name.
Activity ideas for week beginning 29th June
Becoming independent - Let your child help to clear the table after meals. In Reception, the children will be encouraged to clear their plates / cups after eating their lunch. It is helpful for them to be confident in these skills before September.
Measure it! - Talk about why we might need to measure different things in daily life. Show examples of what we might measure and how we would do it. Talk about measuring height - who is the tallest / shortest in the family? Can you make some towers and see which ones are taller / shorter than others?
Make a puppet - Use resources from around the house to make a puppet (e.g. old sock / paper bag / old glove / card stuck onto lollipop stick). Create a character using your imagination - think about a name and possible adventures for the character. If your child enjoys this activity, consider using a box to make a puppet theatre and then use the puppet(s) in a show.
Tap it out - make a set of 'tap sticks' (2 pieces of wood or wooden spoons) - decorate them and use them to tap out the rhythm in words (syllables) or nursery rhymes. This activity helps your child to tune into the detail of words - an important skill as they begin to read.
VIRTUAL SPORTS DAY
Help your child to take part in the Trafford Schools Virtual Sports Day - watch the powerpoint attached and work with your child to complete the six EYFS challenges! Good luck!
(NB Click on the speaker icon on the powerpoint to hear the instructions.)
Activity ideas for week beginning 22nd June
In this time of online delivery, set up a game where you order and deliver parcels, Lots of writing opportunities for orders and number opportunities for parcel contents - e.g. write an order for 3 spoons and two cups - hand it to the delivery driver who can then go to find the items and deliver them to you. Take turns to play each role in the game.
Can you listen and find it?
Hide a toy or a treat - give instructions to help your child to find it - try to include lots of 'directional' and 'positional' language as you instruct them in each step. E.g. Go through the door / turn the corner / walk down the stairs / go behind the sofa / look under the cushion - have you found it? These types of words are essential but often get lost in sentences - it is important that the children hear and understand them in lots of different situations.
Guess what's in the bag!
Put an item in a bag and help you child to guess what is inside.
Give clues - e.g. describe what it looks like / what it is used for / does it make a noise when you move it? / what sound does it start with? The clues can be harder to start with to help your child to think about the information you are giving.
After a bit of practice - see if your child can give you clues to guess an item in the bag.
Talk with your child about road safety and the importance of listening to adults when you are out and about. When you go out together, notice and praise the things you see that show your child is listening and thinking about being safe. It's good to make the links between the discussion and reality of being out near the roads.
Sing the song on the link below to help your child to remember how to be safe.
Work with your child to develop their catching and throwing skills. These are important skills and they take time to develop and improve.
- If your child finds this difficult, then regular and short bursts of practice is a helpful approach to developing the skills.
- If your child works well with this skill, try increasing the level of challenge by stepping further away or using a smaller ball.
It should always be fun and we would always praise the effort as well as the success!
Activity ideas for week beginning 15th June
Father's Day is next Sunday (21st June).
- Talk together about how families are important and how we can help and look after each other.
- It is a good time to say 'Thank you' to your Dad - what could you say 'Thank you' for?
- Can you make a card to give your Dad on Father's Day?
- On Father's Day - Can you do something kind for your Dad to make him feel special and show you care? It could be helping to make him breakfast, doing a job, giving a big hug, saying 'I love you' or any other ideas.
- Make up sentences with a silly mistake in it. Can your child spot this mistake and perhaps explain why it is silly? E.g 'I went to the shop and bought a camel.'
Count like me!
- Count to 20 each day but try to choose a different voice every time you do it! It could be a ghost, a robot, a monster, an alien, or even a T-Rex! You could even add actions as you do it.
- Choose some favourite music and have a kitchen disco! It's a great way to stay active together.
- Make a 'silly soup.' Pretend you are making a soup and only choosing ingredients that start with the same sound. Can you make a soup with 3 ingredients that start with 's'? It doesn't just have to be food items - that would make it even sillier! Next time, choose another sound - 'm' or 's' etc. Games like this are important for helping your child to tune into sounds in words.
Activity ideas for week beginning 8th June
What size it it?
Find several items from around the house. Put them in size order and compare which ones are smaller /bigger than the others. Which is the smallest? The biggest? Can you then find something else that is even smaller? / even bigger?
Signs and symbols -
As children start to learn to read, they notice and recognise signs and symbols in the environment around them.
When you are out for a walk or to go shopping, why not talk about the shop names, road signs and logos that are around.
When you go next time - see if your child can remember any of them.
Who wrote it? - As you share stories, take time to mention the author (the writer) and the illustrator (created the pictures) . It is helpful for the children to know that lots of different people have these skills. There may be some authors with whom the children are already familiar - e.g. Julia Donaldson / Sue Hendra.
Play a memory game (visual) -
Put 4 items on a tray. Look carefully at them all. Close your eyes - take one away. Can your child tell you which item has gone?
If this is too easy - slowly build up the number of items that you have on the tray - it becomes trickier the more there are to remember!
Take it in turns - let your child lead the game and hide one of the items.
Who lives in your house?
Draw an outline of your house - work together to draw the family members inside. What do they look like? Are they the same / different? Can your child write or copy some of the names of the people to label them?
You could do other house pictures for other people that you may not have seen for a while - family / friends. Why not post the picture to them to make them smile?
Activity ideas for week beginning 18th May
Recycle it! - Talk about the different bins we have at home and why it is important that we all help to recycle. Talk about the importance of looking after our world and how we can all help.
Let's pretend - Make a cape and/or a mask. Pretend to be a super hero - what would you choose as your powers?
Where's the treasure? - Hide a toy or a treat in the house / garden. Make a treasure map to help someone find it . Remember, 'X' marks the spot!
Take the challenge! - Could you complete these 5 physical challenges every day this week?
- Run on the spot and count to 10.
- Crawl from one side of the room to the other and back again.
- Jump on the spot 5 times.
- Make a line with chalk or tape - can you walk along it without stepping off the line at all?
- Balance on one foot and count to 5.
Activity ideas for week beginning 11th May
- Let's pretend - using blankets / cushions, make a den - will it be a castle, a fort, a palace or even a cave? You decide!
- Let's investigate - using the bath or a bowl of water - can you find 5 things that float and 5 things that sink?
- Outside - try 'painting' the walls or the pavement using a bucket of water and some brushes. All good skills for exercise and muscle building in preparation for writing!
- What day is it? - Make a calendar together showing the days of the week. Write on each day something that you plan to do together. Use the calendar throughout the week and talk together about the plans. This will help your child to learn the days of the week and understand how we use the words 'today', 'tomorrow' and 'yesterday'.
- Make it big - If you can get a roll of lining paper or old wallpaper, do some large-scale drawing and mark making together - draw pictures or patterns and lines (e.g. circle, straight lines, curved lines, zigzags, up/down, across).
Activity ideas for week beginning 4th May
As a whole school, our home learning this week is focused on VE (Victory in Europe) celebrations on Friday 8th May. This day in 1945 signalled the end of World War 2. This year, the date would have been a Bank Holiday and lots of activities and celebrations were planned for across the country.
We have put together a few activities to help us think about this important event and learn about how people celebrated this event in 1945.
- Watch you film clip (link at the end of this section) to see how people celebrated with a street party. As you watch talk about how it looks different from our parties. Do they notice the lack of sound / black and white film / clothes etc?
- In the clip the children are having a party - talk about why they are celebrating. What are they doing? Does it look like a party we would go to? Why do we have parties? What do we like to do at parties?
- The children have made hats to wear - can you make a hat and decorate it?
- People decorated their houses with bunting and paper chains. Could you make some decorations?
- Talk about the Union Jack flag - could you make a flag to wave? Go on a colour hunt to find things in your house that are RED, WHITE and BLUE?
- Prepare some party food together. Have a party picnic outside like the children in the film clip.
- In wartime, people didn't have all the food they wanted or liked. Look in your cupboards and fridge and talk about the different types of food that we have now, What are your favourite foods? Which ones do you not like at all?
- Watch the marching song from World War 2 - can you join in with the actions and march along? We know another marching song to sing - 'The Grand Old Duke of York' - can you make a drum to play the beat as you sing it?
Links for activities suggested -
Activity ideas for week beginning 27/04
- Number play - Play a number hunt around the house. Where can you find numbers? Do you recognise any of them? (Ideas for where to look - phones, page numbers in books, front door, remote control, labels on packets and tins, clocks, computer keyboard). Notice numbers on the television screen as you watch programmes - perhaps have one day where you watch out for number 1, then number 2 on another day.
- Let's pretend - Set up a cinema to watch a film. Arrange the seat, make snacks, make tickets and start the film showing at a particular time.
- Get active - Play musical statues - play music and dance but freeze lie a statue when the music stops. Another day - try musical bumps - sit down as quickly as possible when the music stops.
- Listen to sounds - Try talking like a 'robot' - break up a word into the sounds within it - can you child guess what you are saying? (e.g. t-a-p / b-a-g / s-o-ck /c-u-p). Make sure that the words you choose are simple and short. If this is tricky for your child, try just using the 'robot' talk when an item is in front of you - this will help your child to tune into the sounds in the word and will build their listening skills. (e.g. Here is your 'c-oa-t'. Lets do your 'z-i-p').
- Learning about our world - It is currently the month of Ramadan (a significant part of the Islamic calendar). Find out more about this time and talk about how Muslims mark this special time of Ramadan with fasting, prayer and giving to charity.
- I can do it! - Practise putting socks and shoes on independently. This is a really important skill for school and it takes time to be able to do completely by yourself.
Activity ideas for week beginning 20/04
- Learn new skills - practise using a knife and fork for meal. These are important skills and will be needed for having dinners at school in September.
- Number play - Make a set of number cards showing the numbers 1 to 10 (each card has a number on it). Spread them out - can you spot the number 3? 6? etc. Challenge: Can you work together to put the numbers in order?
- Thinking about sounds - Put 3 objects that all start with the same sound in a bag . As your child pulls them out one by one - name the objects and then see if you can work out the sound that links them together. (e.g. ball, baby, bottle - sound is 'b' or tiger, tissue, teddy - sound is 't' or plate, pen, peg - sound is 'p').
- Making marks for writing - Can you work together to 'write' a shopping list before somebody in your house goes to the shop? When the adult comes back, your child can use the list again to check that you managed to get everything on the list!
- Learning about the past - Look at family photos together and if possible include some pictures of when family members were younger. What do they notice? Can you tell your child about when you were younger?
- Make playdough - if you would like to make playdough at home then the recipe below is the one used by Ms Owen every week in nursery. Once made, it can be stored in an airtight container to be used over a few days.
2 cups of flour
1 cup of salt
4 teaspoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons of cooking oil
2 cups of boiling water
Optional - couple of drops of food colouring
Mix the ingredients together and once cooled - enjoy your playdough!
If you would like you child to help make the playdough, it can be made with cold water -
however, it will create a much softer dough.
Activity ideas for week beginning 13/04
- Lets' imagine: Use some recycling items to make a model - it could be anything your child wants it to be -from a space rocket to an jewellery box! We talk in nursery about using our imagination. Try to talk through the ideas first, think about what you will need and, when it is done, think about whether you could add or change anything to make it even better!
- Learn new skills: Using water / bubbles and cloths - make a car wash - use toy cars / vehicles or have bath time for a toy baby. If the weather is nice - wash some clothes (own or toy baby) by hand and learn to peg them out on the line to dry.
- Let's count together: Practise counting to 10...when that is easy try counting up to 15...then 20...then......? Try to remember to use counting everyday in some activity.
- Thinking about words: Play a describing game - e.g. 'I'm thinking of something that is made of wood.' 'It has 4 legs.' It has a cushion.' 'You can sit on it.' Add challenge to the game by leaving the easy clues until the end or by making your clues harder. When your child is confident , they may be able to have a turn at giving clues - don't worry if this is tricky as it's actually quite a hard thing to do.
- Thinking about friends: Make a video message to send to a friend from nursery. If you are not sure what to say, you could sing a song or tell a story.
- Keep physical - can you learn how to jump with two feet together or hop on one foot - without falling over? Skills like these take time but practising regularly will help you to get there!
Activity ideas for week beginning 06/04
- Let's explore - if/when you go outside for a walk look for the signs of Spring - talk about how the weather has changed, the new growth: flowers, blossom and buds on trees.
- Let's celebrate - talk about Easter celebrations. Use the link below to watch a CBeebies episode on preparing for and celebrating Easter. Whenever we talk to the children about celebrations, we always stress how everyone is different / how some people have special celebrations but that it's important to know about types of celebrations that may take place.
- Making marks - Make / cut out egg shapes and decorate them with different patterns - you could even make some bunting to hang up if you have made enough.
- Developing listening skills - make up rhyming strings in game - even if they are silly words! (e.g. cup - pup - sup - dup)
- Reading together- as well as sharing stories together every day - watch Mrs Hughes read Barry the Fish with Fingers (found under the 'Watch this..' star link). Then try some of the activities on the 'Starting with a Story' star link.
- Number play - try the number game from the story video - set it as a daily challenge for a couple of minutes a day.
- Keep physical - make an obstacle course inside or outside. Think about the skills of going under / through / over and round the obstacles. Perhaps you could time it and see who is the winner?
Activity ideas for week beginning 30/03
- New skills - learn how to dress independently - including putting shoes and socks on. Being able to put on a coat and do it up independently takes time and lots of practice. These are very important skills to develop for when the children start in Reception but it does take time to learn them! Now would be a great time to learn the skills gradually.
- Let's imagine - set up a shop using things from around the house. Make signs, shopping lists and price lists. Use bags / baskets and money to play in the shop. Take it in turns to be the shopkeeper and the customer.
- Number play - make a ball / bucket game - if you don't have a ball you can make them with scrunched up paper. Throw the 'ball' into the container - make it easier / harder by moving the container closer or further away. Count how many you manage to get in. Make a score chart to see who wins!
- Be active - play 'musical statues'. Play music and move around - when the music stops everybody has to 'freeze'. To make it interesting - try moving around in different ways - crawling / hopping / jumping / sliding / rolling.
- Fine motor work - spend time colouring together. Show your child how you do it and how you choose colours to suit whatever you are colouring. If you don't have any colouring sheets - you could draw something and let your child colour it in.
- Get musical! - make instruments from objects around the house (e.g. pots / pans / spoons / jars / tins etc). Play them as you sing songs together. Talk about the different noises that they make.
- Developing listening skills - play the syllable game. Choose names and word to clap out in syllables (e.g. cat-er-pi-llar / e-le-phant). The children are familiar with this game and enjoy thinking of words to clap out. Once they are confident, you can count the syllables in each word on your fingers.
- Reading together - try to share a book or tell a story each day. Why not talk about your favourite character and say why you like them?
- Keep doing lots of physical exercise - whenever possible!
Activity ideas for week beginning 23/03
- Learn new skills : Let your child help with your jobs at home. Try involving them with the washing / dusting / loading the dishwasher / gardening. Listen to what they say and answer any questions they may have about the activities as you do them.
- Develop listening skills : Play a quiet game - shut your eyes - what can you hear? Go on a listening walk - what can you hear around you?
- Let's imagine : Put chairs / cushions together - can you make a bus /train /aeroplane? Where are you going? What do you need to take? Do you need to make tickets?
- Number play : Let your child count out numbers of items that you need throughout the day (e.g. 3 spoons / 5 crayons / 2 books / 4 cups). Encourage them to count slowly and accurately.
- Get musical : Make up a song and perform it for the family. You could record it and let your child watch it too!
- Fine motor work : Make a small washing line and learn how to peg real or dolls clothes onto it. Build finger strength through squeezing the peg.
- Keep Reading - see information in our Top Tips section
- Be Active - see 'Useful links'