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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 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. 

 

Playdough

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'

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