Home Learning

The following page has been set up to help  with more general ideas and links across the curriculum that can be used to teach at home.


Shine Sports For All 

Here is a video of a football session from coach Katelyn, from Shine Sports For All. It shows you some of the skills that the kids learned during our football sessions that can practice at home. Please take time to watch this and see what the children have remembered ! You can send us short videos and photos via email to show us their skills!


Millington Nursery Rocks!

We would love it if the children could paint or draw on a small pebble and then bring it to school to add too are display at the school gates. You can also start a pebble hunt around your home or area for a little but of community fun. Don’t forget to paint or draw onto a large pebble and leave it at the gates of school for everyone to look at. If you use paint, a coat of PVA glue will help seal it so the colours will nor run or be washed off. I used permanent markers to make mine. You can also make one for the front of the YMCA too! I would love it if you would encourage friends and family to join in too, I would love to see it stretch the whole way along the fence or spread out into the community. The children can then go on a pebble hunt if out for a walk!


Ideas of different activities you can try with a ball and bubbles 


Use this story to explain to your child about coronavirus.


Try and complete these 20 day challenges.


Try and complete this 30 day lego challenge.


Non-screen learning suggestions:
  • Outdoor physical activities.
  • Look at the wildlife, hedgerows and keep track of the changes in nature and photos and drawings.
  • Gardening activities- planting and digging.
  • Make models from junk materials, Duplo or Lego.
  • Cutting and sticking activities, painting and drawing both indoors and outdoors.
  • Fill a sink or bucket with water and engage in water play using every day containers.
  • Play board games e.g. snap, Dobble.
  • Learn to ride a bike, bat/ball activities, skip, run or dig.
  • Bedtime box Suggested contents: Teddy in box decorated as a bed; Blanket; Small toy for teddy; CD of bedtime songs and rhymes; Storybook – Five Minutes Peace, Goodnight Moon, The Gruffalo, Goodnight, Little Bear.

Screen learning suggestions:

  • Oxford Owl- A range of free eBooks for 3 – 11 years. Parents can register for free.

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for- home/?fbclid=lwAR0UL4FTi_mfFl_n3E1CP3emL


 Playdough Ideas

  • Playdough : Make a recipe card so children can easily make it with some help (see recipe); shape cutters egg cups, plastic glasses and natural materials around the home and garden; range of tools for shaping and creating marks, using cooking utensils; special ingredients e.g. rice, glitter, spices and herbs.
  • Bake and cook with an adult

Recipe for playdough

  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • ½ cup of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • 1 cup of water and food colouring, if desired.

Ideas to promote fine and gross motor skills

  • Scissor activities with dough, newspaper, old magazines and card.

As the skills progress change the thickness of the paper to make it more difficult and challenging by using former birthday cards and Christmas cards. Use household items like tongs and tweezers to lift sticks, cotton balls, small stones, etc.

  • Running and outdoor play
  • Indoor activities: encourage children to bear walk, roll along the floor with arms tucked in and stretched out to strengthen core muscles, balancing/following on the lines on the tiles and using them to hopscotch and not forgetting to encourage using alternate feet on the stairs while

App suggestion

  • 50 things to do before you’re five (available on google play store)

 






CCEA Foundation Learning Resources

CCEA learning resources link

https://ccea.org.uk/learning-resources/home-learning/primary-resources#section-6534


Hungry Little Minds 

This is a website created by the Government and has a range of simple, fun activities for kids from newborn to age five.

https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/#3


RISE NI

https://view.pagetiger.com/riseni/covid19


Libraries NI

https://www.librariesni.org.uk/Children/Pages/default.aspx


Fun games to play inside your house

Look around your house. You are surrounded by different shapes, colours, textures, letters, numbers, mechanics different worlds to explore for inquisitive minds.                                                                              Have a go at some of the ideas below and learn through play.

1. HUNT THAT SHAPE 

Your house is filled with everyday objects that can help your child’s cognitive capabilities,  learning about shapes in a fun and exciting way – and they won’t even know they are learning.

1. Get your camera or phone out and go on  shape hunt around your house!

2. Pick a different shape every day and take some pictures.

3. For younger children, give them the shape (e.g. a piece of paper cut in the shape of a circle, square, etc to hold beside and compare with objects in the house.

2. FROZEN TOO 

Frozen meets the Great Escape – a great fun ‘science’ activity where children will recognise changes happening in everyday life, e.g. ice melting.

1. It’s time to the kidnap some toys and banish them to the Kingdom of The Freezer.

2. You can use tubs, plastic containers, bun trays, ice cube trays, etc.

3.When frozen, it’s time for the children to help the toys escape!

4. Give them different things to help such as spoons, toy hammers, warm water, salt.

3. TUFF TRAY 

Filling a tray or container with a host of different materials and items for children to explore is a great sensory experience. That will help with the development of fine motor skills, imagination and creativity.

1. Fill a tray or a tub with anything you think your child may enjoy the feel of, e.g. cornflakes, rice, water-beads, flour, sand, etc. There are plenty of different ideas online.

2. Add different materials such as pots, toys, small (safe) items, photos, magazines, teddies, etc. and let your child play with these small world ideas!

3. You could link a story book at home with the things you put in the tray or box.

Playdough is also useful alongside these ideas to enhance creative thinking further.


Ideas that you can try using Nature

Nature and outdoors is a great place for playful learning and the garden, or any outdoor space you may be using for exercising, is a great resource and source for learning ideas.

1. NATURAL ART

Your garden, or local walkways and parklands, are great places to exercise and keep your children healthy (ensuring you always practice safe distancing), but they also a great source of ‘ingredients’ for some creative art fun. Encourage children to be creative and value their own artwork.

1. Go outside and collect some leaves, sticks, flowers, etc

2. Use glue to create different pictures or, if you don’t have glue at home, tape can be used. Alternatively, they can simply arrange the objects to represent something and then take a picture (this could easily take place in the garden).

3. Their picture could be related to a storybook you have read together, their favourite TV character or an animal. These are just some ideas to get their imagination going!

2. LEAF CUTTING

Use the natural beauty and shape of leaves to develop children’s fine motor skills – please ensure children are fully supervised at all times for this activity. Children will improve their fine motor skills by using scissors and learn to use scissors appropriately and safely.

1. Go on a leaf hunt to  find different sizes and shapes of leaves.

2. In a large tray outside, practise their cutting skills by experimenting with the leaves and scissors.

3. Let them find other items from the garden to cut.

4. Encourage discussion about why some materials are more difficult than others to cut.

5. Children can also draw straight or wavy lines on paper and try to cut along the lines.

3. SENSES WALK

Taking a walk around the garden is a great way for children to explore their senses. This can help to develop an understanding of their senses through exploration of the outside environment and understand that senses can help them to keep safe from danger in the world around them.

1. Talk to the children about their different senses. Give them some ideas of what they might experience when they are outside and what to look out for:

I can see – trees, leaves, playground, birds, insects, clouds, sky grass

I can hear – insects, birds, leaves rustling, drops of water falling, traffic passing, wind blowing

I can smell – leaves, grass, flower petals, food from the kitchen,

I can feel  –  bark (bumpy and rough), leaves (shiny and smooth), wall (hard), etc

2. Let the children explore an area outside (e.g. the garden). Let your child draw what they see, hear, smell and feel during their walk.

3. Talk to the children about being alert and how tuning into their senses is a good way of keeping safe, for example, oncoming traffic or smoke in a building.


BAKING ACTIVITIES

Any of these baking activities will support your child with their fine  and gross motor (s. They also can practise skills in measuring quantities and will enjoy observing the changes to the mixture when adding different products. And of course the tasting and decorating!                                                                             You can use this as an opportunity for extending their vocabulary as you talk to them about the stages, getting the child to describe what they are doing, feeling and experiencing.

1. Pancakes:

This mix will make about 15 fluffy American style pancakes. You don’t need to measure anything on scales – instead you can use a tea cup or mug. This mixture can also be used to make muffins rather than pancakes

  • 1 cup self raising flour (for the fluffiness), 1 cup of milk and 1 egg (whisked). Mix this altogether in a jug. At this point you could grate in a pear or an apple. It is also really nice to add in blueberries or a tablespoon of chocolate chips and mix together. After the mixing, heat a pan with a knob of butter. Then, when the pan is ,add a ladle of the mix to cook. When you see air bubbles forming on the surface the pancake is ready to be flipped over.
  • If you don’t have self raising flour you can make your own by adding baking powder and bicarbonate soda (baking soda). For every 150g (approx 1 cup) of plain flour, add in half a teaspoon of baking powder and half a teaspoon of bicarbonate soda.
  • This again could be another chance to experiment – what mix will make the fluffiest pancakes? How will you decide – compare the two? How will you make it a fair test? Can you measure anything?

2. Chocolate Chip Cookies:

This will make about 2 baking trays / 30 cookies worth. You could also add in oats and raisins rather than the chocolate!

  • 150g salted butter/80g of light brown sugar/80g of white sugar/2 tea spoons vanilla extract/1 large egg/225g of plain flour/half teaspoon of bicarbonate soda (baking soda)/ quarter tea spoon of salt/ 200g chocolate chips or chunks-this can be white, milk or dark chocolate.
  • Pre heat oven to 190C. Cover two baking pans with non stick baking parchment. In a bowl, mix the butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Add vanilla extract and an egg. Sift in the flour, bicarbonate soda and salt. Add in the chocolate! After the mixture is combined use a teaspoon to take small scoops of the mixture to the baking tray. Space them well apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes!
  • If your child enjoys making certain recipes, they could use these to create cooking cards which could be shared amongst friends via a text messaging app. You and your child could design simple recipe cards containing a list of ingredients, a series of instructions and then an illustration. Give their recipe a title and share with friends.

3. DIGESTIVE TEDDY BEARS

Experiment by mixing colours into icing to decorate teddy bear biscuits.

1. Resources: biscuits, icing sugar, food colouring (red, blue, yellow), chocolate buttons, chocolate drops, pipette dropper, bowl and spoons.

2. Children can make their own icing using the droppers to add the water.  They can discuss how much water is needed.

3. They can then add the food colouring to make the required colour for their bear.

4. This will give the children an opportunity to see what colours are made when the red, blue and yellow are added together.

5. Once the desired colour has been made, the children can decorate their biscuit to look like a teddy bear.


Figure it Out

Look around you. We are surrounded by numbers. With a little bit of imagination, you can create a whole host of activities to help your child’s numeracy development. So go figure it out with some fun number play. Below are some great examples to get you going.

1. Park It 

Park the blue car in number 8, park the blue car in the red space or drive the green car to mum – toy cars, or animals or figures, can become a playful learning experience. This helps to develop recognition of numbers, colours or tricky words.

1. Make a car park using a large piece of paper, or on the ground outside using chalk, putting numbers, colours or words in the parking spaces.

2. Give you child a colour, number or word and ask them to park the car in the right parking space. When using the words, the children have to say the word in the space before parking in it.

3. The numbers could also be used as answers to sums for older children.

2. SORT THE BUGS

A great activity to help with numeracy, sorting and counting coloured bugs into the correct pots.

1. Resources: soil, magnifying glass, tweezers, coloured bugs, pots with colour.

2. Put soil into a tray and hide some coloured bugs (or other coloured items) in the soil.

3. Encourage children to use the tweezers (or their hands) to sort the bugs into the correct coloured pots.

3. NUMBER GROUND ART 

It’s not only a pencil and paper that can be used to write numbers. This activity will stretch your child’s imagination to create temporary numbers using materials such as stones, sticks, leaves and feathers. This will provide children with opportunities to develop their natural curiosity about numbers and counting using natural loose parts.

1. Draw numbers on a piece of cardboard or with chalk on the ground.

2. Give children a piece of paper with a number or dots on it and send them off on a hunt around the garden to collect natural loose objects to make the numbers or put the right number of items on the dots.

3. This will provide opportunities for mathematical discussion around the shape of numbers.

4. Get them to take a picture of their work and show it off to other family members and explain how they recognise and count numbers.

4. FEEDING THE OWLS 

After making their own owls, children can feed the owls with pompoms or different sized counters using their fingers or tweezers or even chop sticks depending on ability. Do this to develop fine motor skills and encourage mathematical thinking including counting, size, colour and patterns e.g. pompoms.

1. The owls can be made using coffee tins or something similar (ensuring they are safe to use).

2. The tins can be decorated using socks or scrap materials.  Children can help design and make the owls (or any creature they like).

3. Cut holes of different sizes into the lid of the tins (cover the lids with insulating tape to ensure there were no rough edges around the holes).

4. Encourage the children to use their fingers or the tweezers to feed the owls one pompom (or counter) at a time, noting the different sized holes.

5. MEASURE IT 

To understand and use the language of comparison

1. Find an object close to hand – for example, a pen, pencil or book.

2. Challenge your child to find a bigger object or a smaller one, a longer or shorter one, a thinner or thicker object or  a heavier or lighter object.

3. Discuss and compare the objects that the child finds. How do they know that it is bigger, smaller? Do they need two hands or one hand to hold it? Is it bigger than their hand or can they fit it inside? Is it long or shorter than their little finger – what about their other fingers?

4. Words to use: big/bigger, small/smaller, long/longer, short/shorter, thin/thinner/, thick/thicker

5. How can we check? Using rulers, measuring tapes, scales?

6. MATCH IT! 

To match shapes, number or letters.

1. Choose a shape/number/letter at the beginning of the day, e.g. the number 2.

2. Challenge your child to find this number on items throughout the home ,such as remote controls, post, books, labels, clocks, etc.

3. They could record this digitally by taking photographs. They could also record groups of 2 items, e.g. 2 tea cups, 2 toy cars, etc

4. Equally, you could take them on a number walk during their daily exercise where they could take notes of numbers in the environment such as on houses, bus stops, car registrations, etc. They could also record this digitally.

7. POST-IT CHALLENGE

To examine and compare surface areas.

1. What things in your home can you cover with a post-it? What things are bigger than a post it? Can you record these? (drawing, writing a list, taking photos and sorting them into two albums on a phone/ipad).

2. How could you measure what the post-it will cover? (Using sugar cubes? Lego? Predict how many blocks you will need to cover items such as a seat/table/phone/box…. check to see if you were right)

3. Predict how many post-its would be needed to cover items. Include large items such as your bedroom floor/your quilt/your living room rug/the kitchen table/your whole house. Can you check? If you knew how many post-its would cover one brick, could you calculate how many were needed for a wall? or  your whole house?


Science Made Simple

Science made simple isn’t rocket science. But it can ignite an inquisitive mind and there are lots of very simple, playful experiments that will amaze, fascinate and and help your children learn some basic science fundamentals.

1. PENGUIN ICE EGGS

Your task is to help the baby penguins hatch from their ice eggs. Children will begin to discover ways to melt ice. What is the fastest way to hatch the penguin from their eggs? Talk about the various properties of water, i.e. ice, water, liquid, melting, etc.

1. Put a small toy penguin (or other small toys) into a balloon. Fill the balloon with water and tie. (add food colouring into the balloon to make the eggs colourful).

2. Put the balloon in the freezer and allow it to freeze. Once frozen, peel of the balloon and place the ice eggs into a tray.

3. Encourage the children to help the penguins hatch from their eggs using a variety of methods. For example, pouring salt, spraying warm water from a spray bottle, using syringes, etc. N.B. if using salt, ensure to wear gloves to protect hands from ice burns.

2. HOW FAR CAN YOUR ROCKET GO?

Make a rocket and use your breath to shoot it across the room. Compete to see who can land on the moon! Use a measuring tape to measure your distance and record the results. Measure distances using a measuring tape and predict how far your rocket will go.

1. Resources: Straw, tape, colouring pencils/pens, scissors, circles to create planets and a measuring tape

2. Use the resources to create your own rocket and launcher.

3. Make planets and a moon and lay them out on the floor.

4. Predict what planet you want to land on and use your strength to blow the rocket off the straw.

5. Use the measuring tape to record the distance.

6. Extension – record results and put in order.

3. CHANGES OF MATTER CHOCOLATE EXPERIMENT 

This tasty experiment uses chocolate as a visual representation of the change from solids to liquids. Can we do it again mum? Children will develop an understanding of the process of change of matter, specifically the melting process of solids. Children will also explore methods and ways to speed up this process.

1. Experiment with how chocolate melts.

2. Place a chocolate button in the centre of their hand, close their hand tight and sing the alphabet. Then discuss what happened to the chocolate button. It melted, but why? (heat from our hand).

3. To extend the activity, use different safe heat sources to melt the button. Get them to predict how many seconds it will take and then time it.

4. Explore if white chocolate or dark chocolate melt faster or slower.

5. To conclude, discuss other ways to melt solids and what you could do to change a solid back to a liquid.


Let Their Creativity Flow!

By nature, children are naturally creative. They love painting and making things. So encourage them to let their creativity flow. Here are some great ideas from our students.

1. WONDERWALL 

Unleash the creative artist in your child as they create their own large scale masterpiece. Children will have the opportunity to explore colour through mixing paint.

1. Hang a large sheet or wall paper on an outside wall.

2. Give your budding artist a choice of paint rollers, brushes and paint.

3. Let the activity be totally child-led – stand back and see what they come up with.

4. Leave the sheet up on the wall and let the children watch how it changes with the changing weather. You can revisit this activity and get them to decorate it with leaves, feathers or other items they may find.

2. TIN FOIL ART

Looking for a new art medium? Get your children to paint on tinfoil using a variety of materials and watch the amazing results! Develop creativity by exploring and mixing colours and allowing children to experience a range of materials and tools. Express and communicate ideas, thoughts and feelings, responding to visual stimulus.

1. Resources:  cotton buds, blue, white, green paint (fairy liquid added), tin foil (cut to size), paint brushes, blue paint/paper, yellow/green/orange crayons, gold stars, black crumpled paper, swirling pearl stickers.

2. Invite the children to look at a photograph of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

3. Encourage the children to share what they see: the crescent moon, swirling clouds, the stars, a church and houses with lights on.  Ask the children what colours they can find in the painting.

4. Children can then create their own Starry Night painting on foil using a variety of materials and tools; cotton buds, paint brushes, blue, white, green paint. This will allow the children to experiment with mixing colours.

3. BUBBLE PAINTING 

Create fascinating bubble pictures with your children using paint and washing up liquid. Explore how mixing paint with bubbles can create different prints and patterns on the page. Discuss what they can see on the page and talk about the colours they see.

1. Resources: paint, washing up liquid, pots, straws, paper.

2. Mix paint and washing up liquid into a pot or tray.

3. Using a straw, blow into the pot/ tray until large bubbles form.

4. Using a piece of paper, gently press the paper on top of the bubbles to see the prints the bubbles make.

4. NATURAL PAINTBRUSHES 

Experiment with paint and natural ‘paintbrushes’, exploring the prints and markings made by them. To explore and experiment with a range of natural materials found outdoors and paint with them – exploring their patterns, prints and markings.

1. Resources: natural materials, paint, paint trays, paper.

2. Gather a range of natural materials that may be used as natural paintbrushes such as grass, leaves, flowers, pine cones, etc.

3. Alternatively, tie some grass, plants, etc. to a stick to be used as a paintbrush

5. SOCK BUNNY

Create your own ‘sock bunny’ toy using a sock, rice, some string and a marker. You can use ribbon and cotton wool for additional effects. Development of fine motor skills, manipulation of materials and design and creativity skills.

1. Fill the bottom of a sock with rice to make a body and tie off tightly with string around the top of the body to keep the rice inside.

2. Pour more rice into the sock (not as much this time) to form the head. Again, tie the string tightly.

3. Cut the remaining sock down the middle, and stretch into two ears.

4. Add eyes, nose, whiskers, etc with the marker.

5. You could tie ribbon around the neck of the bunny or add a cotton wool tail!

6. BUBBLE WRAP PRINTING

Make fascinating shapes with this fun activity. Can you resist popping the bubble wrap afterwards! Early development of pencil grip, experimenting with colours, creativity and imagination, patience and motivation.

1. Paint with different colours onto bubble wrap (you could try a picture).

2. Place a blank page on top of the painted bubble wrap, and gently peel off to reveal the pattern!

3. Let it dry. You could cut your pattern into different shapes and sizes.

7. MONO PRINTING 

Children will make a block print; understand that print is a record of a surface; learn about mono printing and other printmaking techniques

 1. Resources: paint, pencil, paper, foam/ polystyrene (can use the foam from a frozen pizza box)

2. Use a pencil to press in an image of a mini beast into polystyrene square. Roll paint over the image and then press face down onto a rectangular page. Lift and press down to create a row of prints.

3. Extend learning by adding different colours to the foam print


Health and Wellbeing

It’s vital in these challenging times that, as well as looking after our children’s educational development, we also look after their health and wellbeing and social development (even if remotely).

1. EMOTION POTION

This Personal Development and Mutual Understanding (PDMU) activity allows young children to begin to identify different emotions while enjoying some messy play. To discuss and identify different emotions and consider capacity and measure while making ’emotion potions’.
1. Resources: 5 empty plastic bottles or similar containers, measuring jug, funnel, different food colouring or paints, water, paper, colouring pens/pencils, glue/cello tape. Optional – vegetable oil and/or glitter.

2. If possible, watching the Disney film ‘Inside out’ is a good stimulus for this activity.

3. Talk with your child about different emotions (suggestions: happy, sad, angry, scared, excited). Encourage the child to talk about times when they have felt a particular emotion and share your experiences with your child.

4. Cut out small faces (circles) of paper and invite your child to draw different faces depicting the emotions – no more than 5! And stick these faces onto the bottles.

5. Using the measuring jug and the funnel ask the child to pour different amounts of water into the bottles to represent how often they feel the emotions. For example I feel happy a lot but I only feel sad a little bit.

6. Ask the child to assign different colours to the emotions and explain why (suggestions: Happy = yellow, sad = blue, angry = red, scared = purple, excitement = green). You can provide suggestions, however, go with whatever colour the child chooses. The child can then turn the water whatever colour they chose by adding paint or food colouring to the bottle and shaking it. Remember to put the lid back on!

7. Optional: To turn the emotion potions into even more attractive sensory bottles, a small amount of vegetable oil and/or glitter can be added.

8. If possible: It would be beneficial for the child to explain to another family member what the emotion potions are.

2. CARNIVAL GAMES

Enjoy the experience of  creating and attending your own carnival. To develop hand-eye coordination and practise underarm throwing.

1. Tin Can Stack; stack tin cans and throw a soft ball or bean bag to try to knock them over. Re-stack for next person.

2. Target Practice; using buckets or bowls of different sizes and at different distances from the child, throw a ball or bean bag into the buckets/bowls.

3. Hoopla: use over-turned buckets or plastic bottles filled with water and try to throw a hoop over the target.The children could even use their teddy bears to hoopla.

4. Bowling: Try to bowl down all the tin cans or plastic bottles using a football.

5. If you don’t have bean bags, fill old socks with rice or just use a pair of rolled up socks.

3. TIME CAPSULE! 

To create a personal narrative.

1. Your children could use this time at home to create a personal time capsule of their experiences.

  • write or draw about their activities at home
  • include letters from their school
  • cut out newspaper articles or headlines
  • write about moments such as the applause for the NHS
  • document what they see when they go for walks, such as rainbows in neighbours’ windws

2. This could also be done digitally and they could create a digital diary entry each day by photographing /videoing their memories. They can share this with their teachers when they return to school.


A-Z of Literacy

Bring a little bit of creativity and play to helping your child learn their ABCs.

1. ALPHABET STONES

A great way to practise letter formation and play simple spelling or phonic games using stones they gather. Identify and write letters; identify phonemes; and use phonemes to spell simple CVC words (consonant, vowel, consonant).

1. Resources: stones/pebbles, paint or sharpies

2. Go on a walk to collect stones, making sure the stones are big enough to write on.

3. Wash and dry the stones.

4. Using paint, or a sharpie, write different letters on the stones. If the child is younger then write the letters for them to copy. Younger children could play a simple game of retrieving the letters you call out as fast as they can. Or hide the stones so that the child can go on a scavenger hunt.

5. Foundation Stage children could play the same game except using the phonemes (sounds) for each letter. They could also try to make simple CVC words with the letter stones. You can find visuals of CVC words on google or simply call them out.

6. Key Stage 1 children could use the letters to make more complex words, seeing what the longest word they can make is and writing down all their results.

2. LABEL IT! 

Helps to build up a child’s vocabulary bank

1. Using a list of home related vocabulary, label items throughout the house.

2. Challenge your child to match the labels, either pictorially or by using their phonics to sound out the vocabulary.

3. This activity would also be suitable for older children learning a modern language, or to introduce a new language to your child.


The World Around Us

You can help your children find out more about the world round us with these interactive activities.

1. PLAYDOUGH ANIMALS

Enjoy time with your children creating animals using natural materials found outdoors. To explore and experiment with a variety of natural materials to make prints on playdough, create animals using various natural materials and learn about concepts such as noctural behaviour and hibernation.

1. Resources: playdough, variety of plants, dough utensils, pictures of animals.

2. Firstly, make playdough with the children (add in mixed spice and paint to make it more sensory and colourful).

3. Go on a scavenger hunt and see what natural resources can be used to add to the playdough to create animals or make prints on the playdough.

2. LIGHT AND DARK 

Building a den is a fun way to explore time both day and night using torches, glowsticks and stories.Use the interests of the child to develop an understanding of sequencing and time.

1. Resources: tent (or a den made out of blankets), sleeping bags, pillows, glow sticks, glow in the dark stars. Storybooks: A Dark Tale by Ruth Brown, The Biggest Bed in the World by Lyndsay Camp, Whatever Next by Jill Murphy or Peace at Last by Jill Murphy.

2. Set up a tent (dark den) indoors. Add sleeping bags, pillows, cuddly toys, etc.

3. Give the children torches, glow in the dark stars, glow sticks etc.

4. Emphasise the transition from light to dark/day and night. This will allow the children to develop awareness of time and sequencing from day to night.

5 Facilitate their understanding of day and night by reading day and night stories, pointing out that we go for a walk during the day and sleep at night.

6. Foster the child’s awareness of time and sequencing from day to night by discussing bedtime routines. What do we do before bed, bedtime stories …

3. MAKING SOUP 

A great activity to do together, with a tasty ending. To be able to identify different vegetables and understand that farmers harvest crops to give us food; safely prepare food for cooking – using a knife correctly to cut food; and remember to always wash hands before touching food.

1. Using a chopping board and an age appropriate knife, allow the children to choose vegetables to cut up to use to make soup.

2. The adult will model how to hold a knife and how to cut the vegetables safely.

3. The vegetables can then be cooked and made into a soup for the children to enjoy.

4. If the child has a play kitchen, then they can pretend to make their own soup.

4. NOCTURNAL HABITAT 

Story book ‘One Snowy night’ by Christina Butler. Talk about how the hedgehog feels and ask children to think of what they could do to make him feel happy. Listen to the story and take part in discussions on nocturnal animals; identify a range of natural resources; and identify their qualities to create their own outdoor nocturnal habitat.

1. Resources: story can be accessed on Youtube; natural materials from the environment, pipe cleaners and masking tape.

2. Read the story ‘One Snowy night’ to the children.

3. Ask the children to name different resources they need to collect and support children to talk about the different needs of an animal, e.g. room to get in, somewhere comfortable, a roof to keep dry and somewhere quiet to hide from predators.

4. Collect the resources and build a habitat.

5. SHOP THE HOUSE

To understand that money can be used to make purchases.

1. Create a shop in your home, perhaps with drinks or snacks in the kitchen, although this could also be for certain toys, for TV time, internet time or access to digital devices.

2. Label the ‘goods’ with price tags (perhaps on post-its).

3. Give children a set amount of money and allow them to ‘spend’ their money over the course of the day, counting out the value of coins and calculating the change owed to them.

4. They could also complete tasks around the house and ‘earn’ money to spend on things at home, for instance brushing up, putting rubbish into the bin, drying or putting away dishes.


Tiny Happy People 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/tiny-happy-people/activities/zjh8hbk


Mr Hullabaloo storytelling 

https://www.facebook.com/Mr-Hullabaloo-1458096697759418/


 Jo Jingles 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/529307084669458/?ref=share


PE with Joe 

Join Joe Wicks every week day from 9:00am for some fitness fun.

https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/featured