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**Easter Activity Ideas**

 

Hello! Below you will find suggestions for a range of activities to do during the Easter Holidays. These are ENTIRELY optional however I hope they will be helpful if you find yourself at a loose end smiley. The craft activities require minimal resources and can be easily adapted if necessary. I hope you all have a very healthy and happy Easter smiley

Online learning opportunities: 

https://www.purplemash.com/login/

Useful websites and apps to explore:

http://www.twinkl.co.uk - you can sign up for free at present to access the full range of resources using the code PARENTSTWINKLHELPS

http://www.themuddypuddleteacher.co.uk - you can sign up for free for the next 30 days to access outdoor learning ideas

BBC CBeebies Bedtime Story App

BBC CBeebies Go Explore App

BBC CBeebies Get Creative App

Meet the Number Blocks App

Meet the Alpha Blocks App

A Message from Mrs A!!

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Hello Nursery!

 

Below you will find your suggested daily activities. Please also make sure you share at least one book with an adult or another relative or friend every day. This will really help your early reading skills. If you want an additional challenge you can head over to the Reception Home Learning page and have a go at their activities too!

Ideas for Parents - Teddy Bear School

 

If your child is missing their friends and teachers, you could set up a home school for teddy bears!  Make a semi-circle of cuddly toys and ask your child to be the teacher. If they aren’t confident you could model being the teacher first. A piece of paper and a clipboard or just a notebook makes a good register to start the day. You could follow this with a ‘maths meeting’ just like we do at school. Your child could teach the toys our days of the week song and talk about the day and the weather. They could also practise counting with the toys using silly voices (tired, witchy, grumpy, sad, excited, happy). A familiar routine like this can be comforting to a child when everything around them is topsy turvy.

Ideas for Parents - Daily Timetable

 

Home Learning doesn't just happen through planned activities! Here are some ideas for making the most of the learning opportunities throughout your day smiley 

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Friday 3rd April 2020

 

  1. The website PhonicsPlay (https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk) is currently free to use. You can login using the username ‘march20’ and the password ‘home’. The Phase 1 resources for Nursery children are available under the teal coloured tab labelled Phase 1. Please pick one activity and have a go at doing it at home – the children have particularly enjoyed Super Smoothie and the Zoo game in class. If your child is beginning to recognise some letter sounds you are also welcome to access the Phase 2 resources. I would suggest ‘Flashcards – Time Challenge’, ‘Flashcards – Speed Trial’ and ‘Buried Treasure’ as a starting point.
  2. Make a Nature Treasure Box – Help your child to decorate an egg box or similar using felt tip pens or paints. Go on a nature walk in your garden or during your daily exercise and use the box to collect different things you and your child find, for example leaves, wild flowers, petals and feathers. Use the opportunity to talk about signs of spring and the changing seasons as well as looking closely at the things you find.
  3. Chose an activity from the 'Home Learning Through Play Ideas' Resource.

Thursday 2nd April 2020

 

  1. Count some blocks – First of all find the number cards you used last week or make some new ones using post-it notes or small pieces of paper. You can use numbers 1-5 or 1-10. Spread the number cards out on the floor or table so your child can see them. Then make a tower of between 1-5 or 1-10 blocks – you could use lego, duplo or wooden blocks. Ask your child to count how many blocks are in the tower and then find the matching number card. If you don’t have any blocks you could use your fingers instead – hold up between 1-5 or 1-10 fingers and ask your child to count them and then find the matching number card. 
  2. Go on an Indoor Scavenger Hunt!
  • Find something you turn
  • Find something that is bumpy
  • Find something that is metal
  • Find something that you put together
  • Find 3 things that are round
  • Find something you twist
  • Find something shiny
  • Find something you roll
  • Find a tube
  • Find 3 things that are squishy
  • Find something clear
  • Find something that can bounce

3.  Chose an activity from the 'Home Learning Through Play Ideas' Resource.

Wednesday 1st April 2020

 

  1. Play Teddy Talk – Find a puppet or a cuddly toy and explain to your child that it can only speak in sound talk. Perhaps you could think of a name for the cuddly toy together. Then the toy gives instructions to your child by whispering in your ear – it’s a bit like Simon Says! For example , ‘Teddy says’:
  • Stand u-p.
  • Put your hands on your kn-ee-s, on your f-ee-t.
  • Put your finger on your n-o-se.
  • Bend one arm round your b-a-ck.
  • Wiggle your…

2. Make a Worry Doll – During the lockdown your child may sometimes feel confused or worried about what is happening. Worry dolls are made to take away a child’s worries. Whenever your child has a worry, they can take the worry doll to bed with them, tell the doll their worry and place the doll under their pillow. The next the morning the worries are gone because they have been taken away by the doll.

First you need to choose an item to make the body of the doll – this could be a stick, a clothes peg, pipe cleaners or even a lolly stick. If you are using pipe cleaners, you will need to twist them together to make a body shape. Then invite your child to find some materials to make the doll’s ‘clothes’. Traditionally worry dolls are wrapped tightly in brightly coloured wool or twine however you could also use scraps of material or shiny or patterned paper to decorate your doll. If you are using a wooden body, for example a lolly stick or clothes peg, you could even use felt tips. Once your child has finished making the doll’s clothes, help them to add a smiley face.

During the activity explain what the worry doll is for and encourage them to talk to you about their feelings as well.  

3. Chose an activity from the 'Home Learning Through Play Ideas' Resource.

Tuesday 31st March

 

  1. Make a repeating pattern – Help your child to collect a range of different leaves from your garden or during your daily exercise. Invite your child to make a repeating pattern using their shapes and/or colours (for example small, big, small, big OR brown, yellow, green, brown, yellow, green). Challenge your child to find other objects inside or outside to make a repeating pattern with (for example bottle caps, lolly sticks or straws, plastic cups, pebbles, feathers, shells, petals – the possibilities are endless!!). Your child could stick their pattern down onto paper to keep or take a photograph for our Twitter page!
  2. Get Active - Many of the children at Fox Hill are taking part in Joe Wicks’ virtual PE lessons at 9am every weekday. Nursery children are of course very welcome to join in however it can be difficult for the younger children to focus for the full session. Instead I would recommend showing some shorter and more engaging movement and dance routines which are available on YouTube. One of the best channels is ‘Go Noodle – Get Moving’ or alternatively you could simply search for Wake and Shake songs for kids. This is a great opportunity to talk with your child about the effects of activity on their body and also on their mind. Before they start ask them how they are feeling. Talk in particular about their breathing and their heart rate. Once they have finished ask them the same questions and talk about the changes they are feeling. 
  3. Chose an activity from the 'Home Learning Through Play Ideas' Resource.

Monday 30th March

 

  1. Make Silly Soup! – Select three or four household items or toys that start with the same sound (for example a bag of flour, a flower and a toy fairy) and invite your child to put them in a bowl or saucepan to make “Silly Soup”. Say the name of each item slowly and make the pattern clear by emphasising the first sound (for example ffffff….lower). Ask your child to look carefully at your mouth and copy the sounds you are making. Then help your child to select some items that start with a different sound and repeat the process. Maybe you could take some photos of your “Silly Soup” for our Twitter page!!
  2. Make Shadow Art – This activity will work best in the early morning or late afternoon. Place one or more sheets of A4 paper in a sunny spot outside or inside. Invite your child to line up some small world toys, for example dinosaurs or farm animals, along the side of the paper – the toys should cast shadows on the paper. Help your child to trace the outline of the shadow with pencils or felt tip pens and then colour them in. If you have chalks you could extend this by chalking around your own shadows outside!
  3. Chose an activity from the 'Home Learning Through Play Ideas' Resource.

 

Friday 27th March 2020

 

  1. Sing a range of action songs in which your child has to add claps, knee pats or foot stamps or move in a particular way, for example ‘If you’re happy and you know it’, ‘This is the way we clap our hands’ (to the tune of ‘Here we go round the Mulberry Bush’) and ‘The Hokey Cokey’. You can also find lots of action songs and rhymes on YouTube. 
  2. Use the children’s interest The Rainbow Fish as a springboard to finding out more about fish and ocean life using an internet search engine. You could also use Purple Mash to create a picture of a goldfish bowl or a fish tank. Follow these steps from the Mini Mash homescreen:
  • Click the door to go outside
  • Click on the children painting
  • Click on Paint Projects
  • Click the right arrow once to go to the goldfish bowl project and twice to go the fish tank project

3. Chose an activity from the 'Home Learning Through Play Ideas' Resource.

Thursday 26th March 2020

 

  1. Write the numbers 0-5 or 0-10 on post-it notes or small pieces of paper and hide them around a room in your house/flat or in the garden. Ask your child to find the numbers and tell you the name of the number they have found. You could try using a timer too – can your child find and name all the numbers before the timer runs out?
  2. The children in Nursery read The Rainbow Fish before school closed and enjoyed looking at the beautiful illustrations in the story. Watch The Rainbow Fish read by Ernest Borgnine on the YouTube channel Storyline Online. You can search it or go directly to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9mryuEKkKc. Discuss the different characters throughout the story (e.g. Rainbow Fish, Little Blue Fish, the octopus). How are they feeling? Why? Why might Rainbow Fish not want to give away his sparkly scales? Encourage your child to talk about their favourite sea creature and discuss any sea creatures they may have seen at the beach, in a fish tank or at a zoo or aquarium. Ask them to think about their favourite sea-themed television programmes and films. Describe and create adventures for the characters. You could even make role play masks or a small world scene to act out the story! You can access lots of other stories on StoryLine Online – try a different one each day!
  3. Chose an activity from the 'Home Learning Through Play Ideas' Resource.

Wednesday 25th March 2020

 

  1. Socks and shakers - Partially fill either opaque plastic bottles or the toes of socks with noisy materials (e.g. rice, peas, pebbles, marbles, shells, coins). Ask your child to shake the bottles or socks and identify what is inside from the sound the items make. From the feel and the sound of the noisy materials encourage your child to talk about them. Ask questions such as: Where might we find shells and pebbles?
  2. Take turns – Play a turn-taking game to encourage your child’s social skills as well as turn-taking in communication. Use phrases ‘My turn’ ‘Your turn’ ‘Good waiting’ constantly throughout the activity and wait for your child to have his or her turn. There are lots of commercial turn-taking games available (in fact almost all children’s board games involve an element of turn-taking) but do not worry if you don’t have one. Here are some other ideas for games to play and turn-taking opportunities to include in your child’s play:
  • Taking it in turns to roll a car down a ramp or race it along a home-made track
  • Taking it in turns to throw a ball or bean bag in the garden
  • Rolling or kicking a ball backwards and forwards between you
  • When role-playing, having a pretend conversation on a toy telephone, taking turns to speak
  • When role-playing, take turns to pour and drink a pretend cup of tea
  • Taking turns to turn a page of a book
  • Building a tower of blocks or cups, taking turns to add a piece (and knock it down!)

3. Chose an activity from the 'Home Learning Through Play Ideas' Resource.

Tuesday 24th March 2020

 

  1. Go on a shape hunt – Call out the name of a 2D shape (circle, triangle, square or rectangle.) Challenge your child to find an object in your house or flat with that shape before you can. Extend the activity by describing the shape instead of naming it, eg. can you find a shape with three sides?
  2. Make a rainbow – Help your child to make a rainbow picture using paints, crayons, colouring pencils, glitter, collaging materials and any other resources you have available at home. Your child may want to display it in your window so it can be seen by others walking past. If you go for a walk see if you can spot any others.
  3. Chose an activity from the 'Home Learning Through Play Ideas' Resource.

Monday 23rd March 2020

 

  1. Go for a Listening Walk - Beforehand ask your child to show you what good listening is (eg. keeping quiet, staying still, having ears and eyes ready). Then go for a short walk outside and ask them to listen carefully to the sounds around them. Talk to them about the different sounds you can hear. Afterwards make a list of all the sounds you and your child heard using pictures or words. If you like you can also make big ears on a headband for them to wear when they go on the walk. 
  2. Practise Yoga - Search for Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube and select a video to watch and join in together! Yoga is a good way to de-stress during these uncertain times - perhaps you could build it into your daily routine while your child is at home. 
  3. Chose an activity from the 'Home Learning Through Play Ideas' Resource. 

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