Early Years Foundation Stage
We understand that being isolated at home will be a tricky time for your family, so we have put together a list of activities you can do at home with your child to ease the boredom and keep them learning!
A useful website to use is twinkl.co.uk which have created a parent section for families who are isolating due to the coronavirus. Google ‘twinkl parents’ for some activities and select the 3-5year section.
Alternatively, do some of these below!
- Bake a cake! Talk about the ingredients with your child, ask them to read the recipe, encourage them to weigh the ingredients.
- Clear the garden! Get out in the fresh air, clear some weeds, (If you have any!) plant some seeds, talk about what you find in the soil, look for worms and do some online research about them! Go on a mini beast hunt and see what lives in your garden! Listen for the birds and draw the birds you can see in your garden
- Write a story! Think of an idea your child has an interest in, e.g. princesses, pirates, fairies, astronauts, dragons, etc and ask them to write about it! Encourage writing in full sentences, using full stops, capital letters and including the digraphs and trigraphs we have been learning in school. (Aim for at least 3 sentences!)
- Counting! Keep your bodies healthy by seeing how many hops you can do in a minute! Try with skips, jumps, star jumps etc. See if you can beat your target another day!
- Number sentences and number recognition! We have been learning about doubling and halving in the past two weeks. See if your child can use a selection of household objects to add together! You could encourage them to write a number sentence about the items they have used. (E.g. 4 + 2 = 6)
We have also been looking at number bonds. (the two numbers which add together to make 10. 1+9, 2+8, 3+7, 4+6, 5+5) see if your child can recall these number bonds by drawing them or writing them. Writing numerals is also important, so practise recognising and writing teen numbers!
- Play a game! A firm favourite in our classroom is snakes and ladders, but being in isolation could be a perfect opportunity to learn a new skill, like playing chess! Encourage your child to take turns, recognise the numbers on the board and follow the rules.
- Role play! Act out your child’s favourite book! We have recently been looking at Whatever Next and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt at school, maybe your child has another favourite?
- Make a den! Use sheets, sofa cushions, and anything else you have to hand under the dining room table or in the lounge to make a reading den with your child. Look at favourite books together and take it in turns reading pages. Maybe choose a new book and make predictions about the ending!
- Practise ball skills! Throwing and catching a ball is a great skills for children to learn. Why not try with different sized balls and see how long you can keep going. Try kicking a ball to one another and keep a tally of passes.
- Write a letter to a care home! Some of the elderly people in homes are currently not allowed visitors. Write a letter to them and tell them some happy news, or draw a picture and send it to them.
- Do some chores! The house won’t clean itself! Work together to put the laundry in, or wash the dishes. Encouraging children to do more around the house will help with their independence at school.
- Complete a jigsaw puzzle! Jigsaw puzzles are wonderful for developing fine motor skills. See if you can teach your child some strategies about how to make solving a puzzle a little easier!
- Make up a dance routine! All of our children love music and dancing. Why not listen to a favourite song and keep active by making up a dance routine?
- Make an obstacle course in the garden! Crawling under, stepping over and running around objects are all great ways to develop spatial awareness in children. Use toys and household objects to make an obstacle course.
- Play hide and seek! Hide a toy around the house or in the garden. See how long it takes to find it! Try and beat that time!
- There is always the option to practise reading and writing the tricky words (balloon words) in the back of your child’s reading record. These should be read without sounding out. Try writing them in a sentence too!
- Read books from school and others from around the house, magazines, recipe books etc.