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Daily Challenge 29/6/20
Today’s challenge will help children to recognise their likes and dislikes and also recognise that not all people like the same things as them and that it’s ok that others like different things.
You will need:
A piece of paper with a ❌ on
A piece of paper with a ✔️ on
A variety of foods with a strong smell
( it’s easier to use foods that your child recognises)
A scarf or blindfold (optional)
A cloth to cover the food
2+ Family Members
> Put food items on a tray and cover with a cloth.
> Explain to your child that you are going to play a guessing game and that you’re going to see if you all like the same things. But they will need to close their eyes ( or wear a scarf/blindfold)
> When they have closed their eyes, choose an object and hold it under their nose ask them to smell and have a guess at what it might be and whether they liked the smell, tell them to open their eyes, were they right? get them to put it on the ❌ paper if they didn’t like the smell or the ✔️ if they did.
> Continue with remaining foods.
> When finished, compare the foods they liked and disliked, which had more/less?
Did they like sweeter smells or savoury smells? Strong smells or subtle smells?
> Now repeat with a different family member, get your child to hold the objects up for smelling and place on the ✔️ or ❌ for them/you.
> When you’ve all had a turn discuss the things that you liked and disliked. Were any the same / different? Encourage your child to use sentences eg ‘ I liked the lemon because...’
> Finish the game with something like ‘ it doesn’t matter if we like the same things or different things, we still love each other and that’s what’s important.
Daily Challenge 26/6/20
A tricky skill to master is learning how to use scissors correctly.
For today’s activity you will need a paper, pen and a pair of small scissors. (Child safety scissors.)
Draw a straight line on a paper. Get your child to hold the paper with one hand. With the other hand hold the scissors using the thumb through the top hole and the two fingers on the bottom. Encourage them to cut in a straight line. Once your child can confidently cut in a line, get them to cut on zig-zag and wavy lines, and on shapes. If your child is finding difficult to cut, give them smaller pieces of paper or get them to make snips around the paper. Don’t forget to keep on praising them.
You can extend this activity by sticking their cuttings on a separate paper and make a picture.
Hope you will find this activity useful and enjoyable!
You can chant this rhyme while you cut with your child:-
Open shut,open shut.
That’s the way we cut, cut, cut.
Fingers on the bottom, thumb on the top.
Do not let the paper drop.
Open shut, open shut
That’s the way we cut, cut, cut.
Daily Challenge 25/6/19
Children love to make marks on various things. It helps them to develop their fine motor skills.
For today’s activity they will need a tray and some shaving foam or shaving gel. If you haven’t got any you can use paint, flour or cornflour.
Squeeze some foam on a tray and let them explore. Talk to them about how it feels to touch. Once they had the feel of it, encourage them to draw pictures using their finger. They can draw shapes, write letters and numbers, write their name, draw patterns, draw wavy and zig-zag lines.
Daily Challenge 24/6/20
Today’s activity is called ‘Simon Says’ this is a fun way to improve your child’s attention and listen to instructions.
First you will have to call out instructions for example “ Simons says jump up and down , Simon says stretch up high , Simon says put your hand on your shoulders “.
Then your child will have to listen to the instruction and carry out the action.
When you give an instruction and you don’t say Simon says ,such as “jump up and down “your child must not do it.
If they follow out the instruction then they will have to listen to a two step instruction for example “ Simon says turn around and wriggle your fingers “.
Daily Challenge 23/6/20
Today’s Maths challenge is called ‘Smack It ‘ and is a counting game.
You will need :
Post stick notes or small bits of paper,
A pen ,
And a spatula or anything to smack the numbers.
First you will need to write some numbers or you could get your child to do this .
Then get your child to roll the dice and count the spots .
Next they will have to find the right number to go with the spots and smack it with the spatula.
If you don’t have a dice you can still play the game and get your child to have fun smacking the numbers and shout the numbers out.
Have fun with maths games and don’t forget to share your photos and videos .
Daily Challenge 19/6/20
It is important for children to learn how to use a knife and fork correctly, this is important for:
- developing hand-eye coordination skill
- developing fine motor skill (the ability to make movement using small muscles in hands and wrists)
- developing mark making skills
- strengthening their muscles
- increasing attention and concentration
Before using a knife and fork with food, make it FUN and use play dough to practice.
- practice stabbing the play dough with a fork
- practice using the knife to knock play dough off the fork
- practice slicing the play dough using a to and fro action
- practicing using both the knife and fork (photos attached to help and show)
Daily Challenge 18/6/20
Some parents have been saying that its difficult to have a routine at present and are finding it hard to get their child back into a bedtime routine. So I thought I would give you an idea of how to start a bedtime routine back up again using a visual poster that you can use together with your child.
You will need a piece of paper or card, some different colouring pencils/felt tips.
Sit down together with your child and explain that you need them to help you with a new bedtime routine poster. Ask them why they think it’s important to get plenty of sleep, encourage and discuss their ideas.
First write ‘Bedtime Routine’ at the top and your child’s bedtime. Then draw a line down the middle of your paper. Discuss together with your child the things they do before they go to bed, eg; put away toys, brush teeth etc. Draw each picture as your child suggests things and let them draw/colour in too. Once completed explain to your child that they will have to check their poster every day and move each picture across once they have completed them. Once they have completed one picture remind them, “what’s next” and encourage them to check the poster.
If you include your child in this activity, your child will have ownership and will be more likely to participate and therefore go to bed happily 🙂
A bedtime story is always a lovely picture to finish with. Once you have read the story, make sure you don’t hang around too long. Give your child a goodnight kiss/cuddle, reassure them you will see them in the morning.
Daily Challenge 17/6/20
Listening and attention can be really important for new learning to take place.
This game will encourage these skills.
First, draw some pictures of things that make sounds, I have added a selection in the photo’s -choose some that are familiar to your child.
Next choose 3 pictures, ask your child to tell you about the pictures and talk about the sounds they make.
Then tell your child that they will need ‘ super sonic listening ears’ because you want them to tell you which sound you ‘didn’t’ make.
Some children may need to start with the sounds they ‘did’ hear, that’s ok, you can then talk about the last picture and sound together.
You may find that children name the object/place/animal that’s fine, you can talk about the sounds together.
I have included 2 video’s for demonstration.
Encourage children to copy the sounds they hear.
-Let your child have a turn at choosing 2 sounds and you try and answer.
- If your child is doing really well you could try increasing the number of pictures to 4, then 5 etc
- you could talk about objects that make similar sounds, loud or quiet sounds.
Daily Challenge 16/6/20
To encourage children’s love for writing it’s a good idea to get them to write for a purpose.
Ask your child to write your ‘shopping list’ for you, or a ‘to do list’.
Tell your child that you are giving them the responsibility of remembering 4 things that you need to get at the shops and that they need to make a list with the name and a picture of each object as it will help them remember. (see photo)
Encourage and praise their efforts (we are not expecting to see correctly formed letters and spellings at this age). Children have very good memories and will probably remember the items, however take the list and a pen with you, ask your child what’s ‘first’ ‘next’ ‘ now’ and ‘ finally’ as you get your child to tick each item during shopping.
Later, once home you could ask your child what did you find ‘ first’ ‘ next’ ‘after that’ and ‘finally’
Alternatively you could ask your child to make a ‘to do’ list for you and as you finish each task ask them to cross it off the list and tell you what the next job is.
Tell them how helpful they have been and how you’re glad they were so good at writing list for them.
Upload their lists here to tapestry so that we can see how clever they are too.
Daily Challenge 15/6/20
Revisiting previous learning is really important, it helps to embed the learning. Let’s look at shapes again.
You will need:
torch/ phone light
Draw shapes onto different pieces of paper, start with the 4 basic shapes: circle, square, triangle and rectangle. Cut the shapes out if you wish. Look at each shape and name it , get your child to repeat the name a couple of times, then look at how many sides it has, and how many corners. Ask your child to count them, touching carefully each side or corner at a time.
Circle - 1 side 0 corners
Square and rectangle - 4 sides 4 corners
Triangle - 3 sides 3 corners
Next stick the shapes up on the wall, spaced apart at different heights, (you could just put them around the floor if it’s better for you) then shout ‘ quickly find the...circle’ or ‘ quickly find a shape with 4 sides’ your child then has to jump to touch the shape as quick as they can, you could ask them ‘ are you sure?’ or ‘ how do you know?’ or ‘ how can you check?’
To make the game more exciting you could play with the light off or curtains closed and ask your child to shine the torch on the shape. ( only if they are comfortable in the dark.
if your child wants to do more shapes you could add:
oval -1 side 0 corners
Pentagon -5 sides 5 corners
Hexagon 6 -sides 6 corners
Daily Challenge 11/6/20
Today you need :
Paper plates ,
Some sticks or lolly sticks ,
Today we will be making emotional masks .These are great way to talk about different feelings.
First we need to cut your paper plate in half.
Then get your child to stick a lolly stick or a stick on the back.
You can focus on any four emotions here are some you can try happy, sad, silly, angry.
Next you or your child can make that faces to each other and guess what emotion you are making .
Once they have correctly named the emotion you can get them to draw it on the plate and have fun.
You could these masks during reading a story and hold them up to show how the characters in the story might feel
Daily Challenge 10/6/20
Today’s fun game is called ‘Can you find it?’ This is all about your child listening to your instructions.
You will need a selection of up to 6 familiar objects. Place all objects on a table or floor. Give a brief description of one of the objects and ask your child to point to or give one to you. For example say to your child:
- Give me something red
- Can you find something made of wood
- Touch something round
- Give me something long
- Can you find something soft
- Touch something that is small
Depending on the selection of objects you can describe them in any way you like, the important part is that your child needs to hear you and listen to what you are asking them to do. If your child is able to, they can then describe an object for you to find.
Daily Challenge 9/6/20
These exercises promote core strength, which is vital to help promote good posture for the years of schooling ahead when children will need to sit for longer periods as well as general fitness.
You will need:
A ball or balloon
A family member
Photo 1: Lay on your tummy opposite your family member with a gap between you, lift your arms and legs off the floor and carefully push/hit the ball towards each other.
Can you pass the ball, whilst keeping your arms and legs in the air?
Can you do it without laughing?
Photo 2: Lay on the floor with the ball between your feet, stretch your legs up in the air, grab the ball with your hands keeping your arms stretched and lay back down until the ball touches the ground, then lift back to the middle raising your feet to catch the ball and take it back to the floor with your feet.
How many times can you it before stopping?
Photo 3: ‘crossing the midline’ activities encourage children to stretch/reach across their body.This will help with reading, writing and spacial awareness by stimulating both sides of the brain at the same time!
>Stand back to back with a family member you are going to pass the ball behind you by twisting to the side, no cheating- keep your feet on the ground. ‘Take’ the ball one side move it across your body and twist to ‘give’ it the other side.
> Next, standing back to back hold the ball up in the air then bend down passing the ball between your legs stand back up with your hands up above your head get ready to grab the ball and repeat, then go the other way!
How strong are you? We’d love to see your video’s uploaded on Tapestry, let us know how you did!
Daily Challenge 8/6/20
Today set your child a challenge of drawing round different obstacles, this can be anything you like and they may want to use different coloured pens to continue along the lines. This is a great activity for developing pencil control and their hand eye co-ordination too.
Please share their creations on Tapestry, we would love to see them
Daily Challenge 5/6/20
We are sure the children have been enjoying ice cream in the lovely weather we have been having so here is an ice cream game you could play together with your child/children. This counting game promotes basic counting skills, matching quantity to numeral and number recognition.
You will need some paper, baking paper (if you have it but not essential), colouring pencils and scissors.
First you will need to draw and cut out ten circles for the scoops of ice cream. Encourage your child to do this (although can be a bit tricky so support them where necessary). Colour in your circles all different colours. Then cut a triangle shape out of baking paper for the cone (use paper and colour in brown if you haven’t got baking paper). Talk about the shapes, eg; a triangle has three sides and three corners. Write the numbers 1 to 10 on small pieces of card or paper (see picture).
Explain to your child that you are going to play an ice cream game and that they are the shop keeper and you will be the customer. Approach their shop and say hello. Place a number card down onto the cone and ask them for that many scoops (don’t say the number, but support if you need to). Ask your child to place that number of scoops onto your cone. Thank them and say goodbye. Visit their shop many times and swap roles.
Daily Challenge 4/6/20
Today you will need some masking tape or you could draw lines with chalk if you are doing the activity in the garden.
First you will need to make some lines using the tape or chalk.
Then you could have fun moving in different ways using the lines.
Here are some different ways you could move :
Jumping with 2 feet together on the lines,
Jumping backwards on the lines,
Hopping on the lines ,
Side jumps ,
Walk forward with your hands to see how far you can stretch while keeping your feet in one place.
Encourage your children to do the activity faster and faster and then put their hand on their chest to feel their own heart beat . Does it feel like a banging drum or soldiers marching? Let us know .
Daily Challenge 3/6/20
For today’s mark making challenge you will need:
Any mark making tool e.g. pen, pencil, crayon, colours
Paper of any size but the bigger the better (in nursery we have wallpaper on the floor)
Toys with wheels e.g. car, train, plane. Or you can use a cup
Daily Challenge 2/6/20
When children attend nursery they start to learn about taking turns and feelings.
Board games are an excellent way to encourage this development at home ( providing they are age appropriate)
Below is a short game I have devised to encourage turn taking and describing feelings, you may be able to print it. Or make a similar one yourself.
You will need:
The game board
Emotion puppets or pictures of emotions
A counter for each player
A dice OR bottle and numbers.
How to play:
All players begin by choosing a counter
Decide with children, who will go first, second, third etc ( age order, height order, biggest number on the dice, use maths language as you go)
As children roll the dice can they guess how many dots are shown, support children to count the dots on the dice and then count the spaces on the game path. If they land on a pink or green square they must move their counter as stated. If they land on a yellow square they must tell you how they would feel. Encourage all responses, you could ask your child ‘why?’ to extend their vocabulary. Be sure to join in too. It is important for children to learn that we all have different emotions/feelings and we don’t always have the same emotions as each other and that’s ok.
If your child is trailing behind in the game they may get a bit disheartened or upset, keep encouraging in a positive manner and celebrate every one who passes over the finish line.
Daily Challenge 1/6/20
Todays challenge is a listening game. Before children start formal phonics they need to be able to identify different sounds.
Use the links below to play the listening games with your child when you are able to sit and be still to listen. Maybe encourage them to close their eyes to listen as this may help them focus more on the sounds than what they can see on the screen.
Week beginning 25 May 2020
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Daily Challenge 22/5/20
Below is a delicious fun maths activity that you could play together with your child/children.
You will need two or free different types of fruit, three small bowls/containers, a chopping board; knife and some skewers (if you have them).
First wash your hands. Cut the fruit into smaller pieces or in half, encourage your child to do this independently while you supervise closely. Then together sort the fruit into separate bowls. Talk about the different fruits, their colour, shape, texture. Slide the fruit pieces onto the bamboo skewer (adult to supervise closely) to create different patterns. Don’t worry if you don’t have skewers, you could lay your fruit on a chopping board. You could start with two different fruits to begin with eg; banana, strawberry, banana, strawberry. Talk to your child about the pattern you have made. Ask your child questions such as “what comes next?”. If your child can independently make a pattern with two fruits then suggest they could then try three different fruits.
Once finished and the fruit kebabs have been eaten you could ask your child to draw their kebab, ask them to remember what pattern they made with their fruit (see picture).
Daily Challenge 21/5/20
Today you will need :
Some paper/ card ,
Circular objects ,
First you need to stick some bits of paper together or if you have a large piece of paper or card that will do .
Then draw some circles with a circular object and cut around them carefully with an adult .
Then you need to write some numbers next to the circles, or you could get your child to do this, then stick the paper above the door.
Finally you can help your child to make a paper aeroplane the link is below⬇️ or use a small soft ball to shoot through the target🎯using this movement with help develop their arm muscles .
How to make a paper aeroplane copy and paste the link : https://youtu.be/kv1nECoQLw4
You could encourage the children to say the numbers (“ yeah you got number 5 / 3 “)
Have fun shooting through the targets.
Daily Challenge 20/5/20
Today’s challenge is to have fun drawing and writing in a different way
You will need: colouring pens, pencil, foil, plate or tray, Damp cloth or tissue to wipe
Cover your plate or tray in foil (I used a chopping board), trying to make sure you don’t scrunch the foil too much.
Now let your child draw and write on it using the colours or just a pencil. You or a sibling can draw and write alongside your child and support them. Your child should be beginning to use a tripod grip to make marks (see photo of the hand holding a pencil using 3 fingers)
Encourage your child to draw faces, people, animals, vehicles, shapes, patterns
Encourage your child to write the letters in their name and numbers.
Daily Challenge 19/5/20
For our Muslim families it will be a special weekend this weekend celebrating Eid, how about asking your child to make a special pop-up card to post to their family or friends in time for the weekend.
If you are not Muslim, how about posting a card to tell your family or friends how much you miss them.
Parents, while you support your child with the card ask them; Who is the card for? Why do you want to make it for that person? What do you like about that person? What will you do next time you see that person?
Share with us your cards on Tapestry if you can, I wonder what you will draw paint or glue, tell us what you said about your family or what you are looking forward to when you celebrate Eid.
Daily Challenge 18/5/20
For today’s challenge all you will need is some pieces of paper and some pens.
Write or draw 2 of the same objects on pieces of paper and lay them out for your child to see. Turn them over and then encourage your child to find 2 of the same by turning over 2 at a time. Encourage them to think about where the matching one is as the idea of the game is to encourage them to remember where they saw it and develop their concentration. Maybe encourage them to play with a brother or sister and take turns to turn 2 over at a time.
You could make different sets with numbers, letters or shapes too 6-8 cards is perfect to start with but if your child finds it too easy just add more.
Daily Challenge 15/5/20
Today is a fun maths activity that you could play together with your child/children. This activity will help your child to develop and improve skills in counting, recognising numbers and matching quantity to numeral.
You will need an empty bottle (magic bottle), a pen and some paper. On a large piece of paper draw the outline of a gingerbread man, then write the numbers 1 to 6 inside the man (see picture). Cut up six pieces of paper then draw spots on each piece (as you would see on a dice), see the second picture below. Place the pieces of paper around in a circle and place your bottle in the middle.
Explain to your child that we you are going to play a game using a magic bottle. Explain that first they will need to spin the bottle and then the bottle will point/choose a pattern of spots. Explain that they will have to count the spots and then find that number on the Gingerbread man. Some children will need to count and some children may recognise the number from the pattern of dots. Once counted they will need to find that number on the gingerbread man and circle it. The game is complete once all the numbers have been circled. If children are finding it difficult you could support them in counting by saying “how can we check, let’s count the spots together”, or support them in finding the number to match if they still find it tricky.
Daily Challenge 14/5/20
Today you will need :
Today challenges will help with muscle movements in the fingers, hands and wrists and help develop their concentration and perseverance.
These movements are important for children so they can develop strength in the muscles for basic life skills like putting on your shoes and writing.
You need to carefully thread the spaghetti through the colander holes to the other end without breaking ! Good luck .
Second challenge for fine motor skills
You will need :foil/ paper
All you need to do is to get your child to tear the paper or foil and scrunch it using your hands or fingers .
You could even play a game and try to aim and throw it in a bowl or bucket.
Daily Challenge 13/5/20
Today’s challenge is to just have more fun and make marks in playdough
You will need: playdough (recipe is in a previous Tapestry upload, you can add spices into the playdough, I added cinnamon powder to mine) and a mark making tool such as pencil, pen, stick, hair grip, end of a spoon.
Encourage your child to use the mark making tool in your playdough to draw or write anything. Some ideas are faces, patterns, shapes, numbers, the letters in your child’s name. A few ideas of what you can do in the photos. Don’t forget to get yourself and the family involved and have fun together.
Take photos and show us the marks you’ve made on Tapestry if you can.
Daily Challenge 12/5/20
So the challenge today is to make some ‘emotion puppet faces’.
Sleepy- Sad-Angry-Happy-Surprised-Worried, are the feelings that we are going to focus on.
You will need:
paper or card
Sellotape or glue
Phone or Camera
Parents begin by making some faces, like the ones in the photo.
I would suggest that ‘you’ make some first as it’s important that the emotions are visibly different.
Ask your child how each of the puppets are feeling, if they give you the wrong emotion word, you can say something like “ I think he looks...(surprised)” giving them the correct word.
Then ask your child to close their eyes or leave the room whilst you take photos of yourself pulling the same expressions as each of the puppets. Now tell your child that their challenge is to pick the puppet who is feeling the same as you
For each photo ask:
What makes mummy/ daddy happy/surprised (etc)?
What makes ‘you’ feel happy/surprised (etc)?
How would you feel if...?
You may want to use the puppets whilst reading stories, can your child tell you how the characters are feeling?
You may get your child to act out the emotions such as: angry - stomping around the room and growling. Happy- dancing etc.
Make their own emotion puppets and make up a little story or sing a song in an angry/happy/sleepy voice etc
Daily Challenge 11/5/20
Today’s challenge is a listening game. We play games like this at Nursery to help your child listen out for different sounds an important skill to develop before they start learning letter sounds.
You will need a pillow case and some objects that make a noise, I put some pasta in a bottle, a squeaky dog toy, keys, a packet of crisps and a food bag with some money in.
Let your child explore the sounds of each one and then hide them in the pillow case and ask them to guess which one it is by the sound it makes. Share with us on Tapestry how you got on.
Daily Challenge 8/5/20
Below is another fun physical activity that you could play together with your child/children. This dressing activity will help your child in their physical developmental (self care) and support school readiness.
You will need an empty bottle (magic bottle- cover in tin foil if you wish), your child’s coat, a pair of your child’s shoes and a pair of your child’s socks.
Tell your child that we are going to play a game using the magic bottle. Explain that first they will need to spin the bottle, then the bottle will point/choose what they have to put on. They need to put on whatever the bottle points at. Encourage and praise their efforts. If they’re finding it tricky you could support them a little eg; if they are struggling with the sleeve of the coat you could give them a little help (but be careful not to take over) and encourage them to keep going. Praise they’re efforts and talk about how they found it tricky but kept on going. If your child finds this easy you could encourage them to put the clothing on super fast/as fast as they can
Daily Challenge 7/5/20
Today you will need :
Bubble wrap or a plastic food bag
This is a fun way to engage with mark making through drawing.
Put your paper down first ,then put your food bag/ bubble wrap on top and start to be creative and draw anything you like .
You will be able to see the ink of the pen it will sit on top of the bag .
When you have finished drawing turn over the bag and rub it on to the paper.
Extra challenge: You can try writing letters from your name and see what happens to them when you turn it over and printed .
Can you find any letters of the alphabet that are the same when printed?
Using new language like “ absorb,” “ symmetry “ will help their language development.
You can also talk about the patterns and which colour showed up the best
Daily Challenge 6/5/20
Hello everyone, today is another Maths challenge activity called, How many socks long are you?
You will need: socks of any size and the families help.
First measure to see how many socks long your child is by laying them down and placing socks alongside them (like in the photos), count the socks and write it down on a paper (you can write the person or objects name or you child can draw a picture, see 3rd photo) . Next it’s your child’s turn to measure to see how many socks long you are, encourage and support your child to count the socks one at a time. You can together write down the number of socks long each person is. You can measure the whole family, teddies, toys, almost anything.
Extra challenge: If you have written down the measurements then you can ask your questions. E.g.
If you are 2 socks long and I am 8 socks long, who is longer? Who is shorter?
Teddy was 2 socks long but rabbit was 3 socks long, who is shorter? Who is longer?
Don’t forget you can use fingers to help with counting.
Hope to see how many socks long your child is, just post a picture on Tapestry when your done
Daily Challenge 5/5/20
Grab your cardboard boxes and empty packets!
Can your child match capital / lowercase letters?
Write out the alphabet as shown in the photo, then cut out lots of letters from your recycling waste boxes ( children may be able to help with larger letters) then ask your child to help you find out where to put each letter- some fonts may be difficult for them to match so don’t worry if they are struggling) Talk about the different shapes in the letter, eg: ‘ I can see a long line from the top to the bottom and I can see a round shape that comes out from the middle and round to the bottom too’ ( b)
If you have glue they can stick the letters down, if not they can just be placed next to the letter.
Encourage and reassure them as you do the activity together.
When they have finished you can also bring in some Maths, which letter had more? Which had less? The same? Your child could also count how many of each letter they found and write the numeral.
You could also try to think of objects beginning with that letter, ensure you think about the letter sound and not the letter name when doing this.
We thought we would share a song that you may want to play to your child to encourage them to do their teeth especially as they were so good at Nursery at doing them every day especially as they may be eating a few more sweet treats at home. It may also help you to keep to a routine as well brushing them morning and night.
Daily Challenge 1/5/20
Below is a fun physical activity that you could play together with your child/children. You will need to use your imagination for this activity.
Tell your children to imagine that your living room floor is the shark filled ocean, then place several pieces of paper on the floor (using masking tape to fix). You could have fun drawing on your paper first, creating islands and numbering islands to jump on if you wish. Encourage your child to jump from one to the next without getting caught by the shark in the water. To make it more challenging, move the pieces of paper further apart from one another and encourage children to land with two feet together. Ask questions such as ‘can you get all the way round without falling in the ocean? Talk about the words you have written on the islands. Don't forget to share with us Tapestry.
Daily Challenge 30/4/20
Today you will need :
lentils or beans.
Mark making is a important stage for a child’s development.
Encourage your child to enjoy making marks. All you need to do is fill a tray with lentils or beans and use your finger to explore and have fun .
You can show them to make lines ,zig zags, a funny face or write letters from your name.
Extra challenge: you can ask your child to tell you about their picture.This gives children the opportunity to talk about their feelings and thoughts through their drawings.
Remember to give positive praise! 👍( well done, super drawing/writing).
We would love to see your home learning, please share your videos and photos on Tapestry!
Daily Challenge 29/4/20
Hello everyone, today you have a Maths activity.
You will need: clothes pegs, clothes hanger, paper, pen and tape.
You will need to write numbers 1 to 10 on small pieces of paper, tape each number to a different hanger (if you have enough hangers and pegs you can do multiple hangers or just change the number on one hanger each time).
Encourage your child to name the number that is on the peg, once number is identified do that many claps, jumps or swirls (you can do anything with your bodies).
Then challenge your child “I wonder if you can put 3 pegs on the hanger” “can you now put 7 pegs on the hanger”. Your child may find it tricky to use the pegs but with support and practice they will develop this skill.
Encourage you child to count the pegs one at a time as they put them onto the hanger and stop when reached the right number. Your child can touch count the pegs again to check.
Extra challenge: If they enjoyed it, your child can find some small items around the house to peg onto the hanger (this may be tricky however it’s more practice for their fine motor skills), make sure to count as you go along.
It would be great to see some of your hanger and peg activity uploaded onto Tapestry as a photo or video.
Daily Challenge 28/4/20
So today you will need a piece of paper, a pen and scissors to play the‘ hide and seek name game’
Write your child’s name twice on a piece of paper- ensure you use a capital letter first followed by lowercase letters as shown in the photo, then cut out the letters of one of the names (you could get your child to do this if confident) .
Now tell your child to close their eyes or go out of the room while you hide the letters, then get your child to race to find them as quickly as possible ( you may need to give them clues such as: it’s near something blue, it’s hiding ‘under’ something, or you are getting closer )
When they have found the letters ask them to match them to the remaining name.
Extra challenge: Play again, hiding them in different places, this time ask your child if they can order the letters to make their name without looking at the other name, then check to see if they got it right. Celebrate their efforts, regardless of whether they were able to achieve this independently or needed support.
We’d love to see some of your hide and seek games uploaded.
Daily Challenge 27/4/20
As this is such a worrying time for all of us its only natural that the children will be worried too about everything that is going on. Please watch the video below and if your child is worried maybe make a worry doll like in the video. I made mine with a stick and some ribbon.
Home Challenges Week beginning 20th April
Matching Number to Numeral
Write the numbers 1-5 on a piece of paper and encourage your child to match the correct number of items to the number. You could collect items from the garden, or when on your daily walk or just from around the house. Encourage your child to count them touching one at a time.
Please share your collections with us on Tapestry so we can see them too!
Aim and throw!
For children to become skilled at writing they must also develop their strength and control in their arms and shoulders so this is a good way to do it and you can even do it indoors.
Screw up some foil or paper and encourage your child to stand a little back and throw it into a bin or box, maybe encourage a competition and allow brothers and sisters to do it with them too. Please record their efforts and share them with us on Tapestry, we would love to see it.
Encourage your child to make marks by making their own paintbrushes with pegs and different materials. As they do so comment on the different marks that they make. Don't worry if you don't have paint as you can use water on walls or the ground instead as they enjoy this just as much.
I made mine using leaves, foil, cotton pads and a piece of sponge. Please share their marks with us on Tapestry, we would love to see them.
Home Challenges Week Beginning 13th April
Listening for sounds
Learning to listen for sounds is a very important part of early phonics and to be able to listen for sounds when learning to read and write children first need to be able to listen to the different sounds around them. Listening skills are also a very important part of learning anything new and not always some children find easy.
Encourage your child to listen for sounds when out in the garden or on your daily walk. Show them how to write a list of all the things they have heard or maybe even encourage them to write the list themselves. Share with us on Tapestry some of the different sounds you have heard.
Can you child complete a simple game on a phone or tablet? Please share your child using their gadgets with us on Tapestry. Remember though too much screen time is not good for your child and that all games should be suitable for their age.
Guessing how many are in the jar
Fill a jar, or a bowl if you don’t have one, with different objects every day and ask your child if they can guess how many are in there. Maybe if they want to they could write down how many they think. Then encourage them to count them and see if they were right. Don’t worry if they didn’t guess correctly the idea is to begin to understand about big and small numbers and developing counting skills. You could also talk about what had more or less, were there more sweets or balls?
Here are a few objects I found quickly at my house. We look forward to seeing your child’s Home Learning on Tapestry.
Words starting with the same sounds
Encourage your child to join in and sing with the songs below, can they hear that some of the words all start with the same sound, we call this alliteration. Can they think of any other words that begin with the same sound?
Home Challenges Week beginning 6 April
Watch and listen to your child carefully when you share a familiar book or story. What are they doing to show you that they are getting to know the story well? Perhaps they are turning pages at the right time, or pointing to the pictures, or joining in with some of the words, or talking about what’s happening. Let them know you have recognised their efforts by smiling and commenting in a positive way (without ‘correcting’ them). Share your child reading a story with us on Tapestry we are really enjoying seeing what you are doing at home.
Encouraging your child to explore sorting and matching as part of playful and practical activities will help them to learn:
There are lots of different ways you can sort objects try some of these at home and show us what your child can do on Tapestry! Here are just a few ideas to try
Go on a hunt for environmental print around the house together, the kitchen is usually great for this, and see if you can find anything with the beginning letter of your child’s name in it or their age. Can your child recognise any familiar shop signs such as Asda or Aldi on packets of food.
Maybe set them a challenge to find 3 things that have a certain letter in for example can you find the letter M in the picture?
Talk about there being capital letters ABC and lower case letters abc.
We found something fun and easy that you may want to try as so many of the children love making bubbles. Please send us pictures of your bubble snakes on Tapestry so we can see who has the longest!
We hope that you are reading to your child every day and thought you may want the links to a few stories that we share at Nursery.
As we are all stuck in much more I thought it may be helpful to add a link to Dance n Beats which is something the children do at Nursery. Children still need to be active, so have ago maybe all do it together. Remember the more children develop their motor skills the more you are helping them to be ready to hold a pencil and be great writers later on. Its also a great way to help them burn off some energy and its good for their wellbeing too!
Don't forget to show us your moves on Tapestry!
In Nursery we have 4 Key Groups;
Bees - Mrs Potiwal
Ladybirds - Mrs Williams
Snails- Mrs Awan
Spiders- Miss Muse
Our HLTA is Miss Rossiter, our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Hussain.
We teach using the Early Years Foundation Stage ensuring your child has a wide range of experiences across all 7 areas of Learning and Development which are,
Throughout the year we will teach a variety of skills and topics which often are based around the Seasons and what the children can see happening in the world around them such as,
From the moment the children come in they are engaged in planned activities that help support either their physical development or aid learning early literacy or Mathematics.
Thank you for your help in getting the children to Nursery on time so we are ready to start learning straight away.
Here at Maytree Nursery we firmly believe that children learn through play. The Early Years are when your child will learn the most and are very important for building the foundations for future learning. Children learn best when they are interested, excited and have hands on experiences of the world around them and there is lots you can do to help your child be school ready by the time they leave us. We aim to work together to give your child the very best start .
Play is the true work of a child.
Your child is learning the following things through play:
Role Play is really important for your child. When children play act they practice real life situations. Research shows that children who role play
Encourage your child to play and follow their interests. Joining them in what they are doing is not only fun but helps them to learn more as you can introduce new words and ideas as you play together.
How you can help your child to learn
As parents you are the most important educator as you are the expert on your child. What you do at home is so vital to your child's learning and you are doing it all the time without even knowing it when you talk and play together.
Below are some suggestions of some of the things that you can do with your child to help them learn and grow.