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Additional Activities and Support

Below you will find some additional support and ideas of things you can do when spending time at home. It is by no means an exhaustive list, if you have your own ideas, games and activities get as creative as you like! The difficulty with Nursery is that all of their learning is ‘doing’ which will require some very hands on parenting as unfortunately we cannot send the Nursery home with them! The good thing is that as long as you are interacting with your child, speaking and listening to each other, your child will be learning new things each and every day! 

Mark Making and Writing Development

Practise writing their name and drawing a range of patterns and shapes daily. Draw chalk roads for toy cars or make a superhero puppet to role-play with. 

Practise making patterns with pencils, crayons, felt tips or paint brushes. Using just a paint brush and water can be really effective too! Put your favourite music on and have a big scribble session. Encourage them to make big and small arm movements to make their marks, the bigger the paper the better! Spirals, zigzags, ciircles, loops, crosses, waves, bounces- mastering these skills will give your child the skills to become a confident writer in the future. 


Activities around the home

  • Sorting clean washing- helps with maths development- can they sort the washing into categories, socks, pants, tops etc. Can they pair up matching socks? This is a great one for looking for similarities and differences, talk about the patterns and shapes on different items of clothing. Learning how to fold clothes is a great fine motor activity and you will be surprised how long this might keep them occupied! Using clothes pegs is also a great fine motor activity if they can help hanging up the washing. Let them wash their dolls clothes in soapy water and hang it up to dry. 

  • Tidying their room- helps with listening and attention and maths sorting skills- can they follow instructions of where to put things, can they sort their toys into categories, figures, puzzles, bricks, books etc. Can they order their superheroes/figures from biggest to smallest? Can they sort their dolls clothes into groups? Can they order their books from biggest to smallest? 

  • Cleaning-Children love using the dustpan and brush and it is great fine motor practice! Get them to help with dusting (cloth only, no cleaning products)  using a cloth in big circular movements is great for arm muscle strengthening. 

  • Cooking- Whether you are simply making cereal, sandwiches or a full roast dinner there are so many skills the children will benefit from helping you (obviously bearing in mind safety considerations). Pouring cereal/milk is good fine motor practise. Learning how to spread butter on a sandwich is a tricky but worthwhile skill. Listening and following your instructions is a very important skill to develop, such as in following a recipe. You can talk about where the food comes from, how we cook it, how to be safe when cooking, how to weigh food, what ingredients and equipment you need and how to use it properly (taking extra care with knives, hot things etc). You can also talk about food that is healthy and food that is unhealthy so we eat less of it. Obviously never leave a child unattended with cooking equipment or in the kitchen and be vigilant with safety.

    Recipes that you might like to try: home made pizza, fruit muffins, fruit flapjack, fruit salad, pasta salad, coleslaw, cheese scones, healthy wraps,   Search on BBC GoodFood for more recipe ideas.


Playdough Recipe

We recommend making a batch of playdough at the beginning of the week and keeping it in the fridge. Get the children to help you make it and follow the recipe. Then have a playdough session once a day for half an hour. Manipulating playdough is brilliant for developing finger and hand muscle strength. Use kitchen utensils such as mashers, forks, rolling pins and other household objects to manipulate the dough. Choose one of the maths number rhymes and make 10 sausages/5 ducks/10 bottles etc and sing the rhyme, practise counting the playdough objects. Get imaginative and see who can make the best playdough animal/face/pizza/cake/sandwich/caterpillar etc the sillier the better!


Games to support personal, social and emotional development:

Animal Charades- Take it in turns to pretend to be an animal and guess which one! 

Sports Charades- As above but with sports

Superhero Charades- As above

Kim’s game – get a random selection of household objects or toys and a large scarf or blanket. Spread the objects out on the floor and tell your child to look carefully to remember what is there. Tell them to close their eyes, while you cover and remove one of the objects. When they open their eyes can they guess which object is missing? Give them clues if they can’t remember! 

Feely bag- get a selection of household objects or toys (nothing sharp) and a bag. Put one of the objects in the bag without your child seeing. Let them put their hand inside the bag to feel the object without looking to see if they can guess what it is. Talk about what it feels like- hard, soft, smooth, rough, spiky, cold, furry, long, round, big, small etc. Good objects to try- hairbrush, sponge, spoon, a piece of fruit, keys, remote control,  

Letter hunt- write different letters on bits of paper and hide them around the house. Children go and find them and say what sound the letter makes. Do the same with numbers or shapes.

I spy- Again with a selection of household objects spread on the floor. ‘I spy with my little eye something beginning with…’ Make sure you say the sound, not the name of the letter! E.g. b (buh) not B (bee) this is great phonics practise. 

Guess the sound-  Gather a selection of objects that can make a

sound e.g. keys, paper, metal cutlery, plastic bottle, pennies in a jar, tissue, a drinks can, a zip, building bricks etc. Hide one at a time inside a bag or under a blanket and make the sound. Can they guess what the object is? Let them explore the sounds the objects make and talk about how they are different e.g. loud, quiet, 

Counting exercises- Do 5 jumps, 5 hops, 5 claps, 5 kicks, 5 spins, 5 nods. Try a different number each day up to 10! 

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