This page lists a variety of activities to be completed on the days that you don't already have learning for. Those children who are coming to school don't need to complete these activities as they will do two days of school learning and then complete the three home learning tasks that I have e-mailed to you. Of course, if you want some more ideas for activities to do at home, feel free to do as many of these as you wish!
I have separated the additional activities into the seven different areas that we cover in the Early Years. Since receiving your child's reports you may find that they have some gaps in a particular area that you might want to focus a bit of time on. Try and vary the activities you choose.
Any of these completed activities can be photographed and sent to me at firstname.lastname@example.org so that they can be added to our website. I love seeing what you are getting up to!
Communication and Language
- When listening to a story, can you predict what might happen? What did you think of the story? Can you retell the story from your memory? Do you have any questions about the characters or the story? Answer 'how' or 'why' questions based on the story.
- Give your child a challenge. Can they follow more than 1 instruction? They could be silly things such as 'First, find a sock, then, put it on your hand, finally, sing a song with your sock as a puppet with a funny voice'! See if they follow more and more instructions at once!
- When doing an activity, ask a 'how' or 'why' question and see if the children can answer them, e.g. 'why do you think the ball floats on the water?', 'why do these bugs hide under a log?', 'how do you think this character is feeling?', 'how do birds fly?'. The children's ideas can be so amazing!
- Create and tell a story with your toys as the characters.
- PE Challenge: Blindfold obstacle course
- What you need: A blindfold which could be a tea towel or jumper.
- People: 2 or more
- Play: Inside or outside
- How to play:
- Create an obstacle course using whatever you can find e.g. cushions, chairs, clothes horse etc.
- One person begins blindfolded and the other person guides them around the obstacle course.
- Try balancing a ball on a tennis racket / cricket bat / board. Can you move around the room without the ball falling off?
- Try bouncing a ball. Start with a big ball like a basket ball. If this is too easy, try with a smaller ball like a tennis ball.
- Create an obstacle course which includes some of these skills: throwing, bouncing, balancing, hopping, skipping, jumping, hula-hooping, dribbling a ball and anything else you want to include!
- Make a poster that shows us how we can stay healthy.
- Make a healthy lunch or a fruit salad. Talk about what healthy alternatives we can have to our favourite (naughty) snacks!
- Make models with modelling clay / play-dough / blue-tack to help strengthen your children's hands.
- Create a pasta necklace / try threading beads onto pipe cleaners / thread buttons onto thread etc.
- Have you tried Joe Wicks' morning PE lessons? They are a great way to get your body moving and ready for the day! (https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/playlists)
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Draw a picture of yourself doing your favourite activities that you are great at doing! Celebrate your skills and be proud of what you can do!
- Make a model using old (clean) rubbish or things that you no longer need. Let the children be free to create their own model without guidance of what they could make. Be close by to monitor use of scissors etc.
- Draw different faces showing different emotions. Discuss what might happen to make someone feel those feelings.
- Use your phonics to write new words. Draw your own creature / monster / fairy / princess / super hero, or anything. Write the character's name and write some words that tell us about the character. What things do they wear? Do they have a pattern on their skin or fur? Are they a good character or a bad character? What things do they like to do?
- Play games on Phonics Play to practise your phonics - https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/
- Write a sentence and draw a picture to match it. You can do this on paper or on Mini Mash!
- Count up to and back from 20. SUPER CHALLENGE: Can you go beyond 20?
- Using number cards from 1-20, place them in the correct order. See if the children can spot their own mistakes, if they make some.
- Say the number that is 1 more or 1 less than a number. See if you can do it quickly, in your head, without using your fingers to help!
- Addition, using objects or counting on to solve.
- Subtraction, using objects or counting back to solve.
- Can you double all of the numbers to 5? SUPER CHALLENGE: What about to 10?
- Can you halve all of the numbers to 10? SUPER CHALLENGE: What about to 20?
- Can you share a number of objects between different people? Try sharing between 2 people, then 3, then 4. Remember, when we share it has to be fair! No one can have more or less!
- Put objects in size, height, or weight order.
- Explore how much water different containers can hold. Can you guess which one has more water in it?
- Create patterns using paint / colouring tools. Can you create a pattern using different shapes and colours at the same time?
- Can you name your 2D shapes? Where can you see them around the house or garden?
- Can you name your 3D shapes? Where can you see them around the house or garden?
Understanding the World
- Think of a time when you had so much fun. Can you tell your teddies the story of what you did? You could draw a picture to show them too!
- Draw / paint a picture of you and your friends. Can you think of things that make you similar? Can you think of things that make you different? It's great to notice our differences and know what makes us special!
- When you go for a walk, see what creatures or plants you can find. Do you know how they grow? Can you tell your grown up about how they start off and how they grow to become full size? (e.g. plants starting as a seed, needing to be watered and have sunlight to grow / birds start off as an egg, they hatch out of the egg and they get fed by their mummies and daddies to get bigger and stronger)
Expressive Arts and Design
- Sing along to your favourite songs. Maybe have a dance party and play some party games! Can you clap along to the beat of the songs?
- Make your own music or songs using real instruments, home made instruments or objects from around the house! Can you create a band with your brothers or sisters?
- Create your own models / sculptures using modelling clay / playdough / old recyclables / lego / blocks etc.
- Use paint / crayons to mix colours, what new colours can you create?
- Can you add things to your pictures to make them feel interesting? You could use real objects from outside to make a nature collage! Use grass, twigs and leaves to make an amazing textured picture.
- Create objects that you can include in your games. Are you going to be a princess? You might need to make a crown then! Are you going to be a super hero? You might need to make a mask then!