Please click here or read on for some suggested activities for your child to do whilst the nursery is closed.
Once you have completed the activities we would love to see your pictures/videos on Tapestry.
What’s in the box game – place a selection of toys, household items in a covered box and describe each object for your child to guess. This has a song ‘what’s in the box, what’s in the box, can you guess what’s in the box?’
Listening walk – Listen outside to the different sounds you can hear.
Stories – please continue to read stories with your child daily. Asking them questions about the story will help to develop their memory skills and language. Perhaps they could read the story to you by describing the pictures they can see; can they guess what will happen next?
Here are some useful websites to help promote phonics development. Your child will be familiar with some of the games. Phonics Play has set up free access for parents.
Please only do Phase 1 activities. For those children who are confident with sounds and blending words can try Phase 2.
Bug hunting – what bugs and insects can you find in your garden or at the park. Encourage further learning by talking about how the bugs survive, what they eat etc.
Den building – this can be done inside or outside. How big can you make your den?
Volcano experiment – you will need an empty bottle, washing up liquid, baking soda and vinegar. There are many videos on youtube explaining how to make it. Your child may even remember how we made it in nursery last term.
Sizing and categorising – select different objects or make towers with bricks – can you put them into size order.
Shape and colour hunting – can you find and group together objects of the same shape or colour.
Number recognition – can you find numbers around the home. Can you add one more number?
We use Top Marks regularly to develop maths learning. There’s lots of free games
under ‘Early Years’ – www.topmarks.co.uk
Junk modelling – what can you make using various cartons, boxes and bottles?
Drawing and painting – please continue to encourage mark making to develop pencil control.
Playdough – 8 tablespoons of flour, 60ml of water, 2 tablespoons of salt & 1 tablespoon of oil. You might need to add more water or flour as needed and you can also add glitter, paint/food colouring, scents/herbs for different textures. If you keep it in a secure box it will last for a few days.
Fine motor development
Threading spaghetti – stand the spaghetti on some playdough; can they thread pasta or cheerios on it.
Cutting different textures – card, paper, foil to develop scissor skills
Peg the socks – can they put the pegs onto socks
Every morning we do a dance in nursery to a variety of songs on youtube. Your child will be very familiar with these ones:
Shake your sillies out
Wake up shake up
Move and freeze (learning station)