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Platypup and Joey's Daily Challenges

Platypup has been sending home daily challenges on Marvellous Me.  Children are not expected to do them all but they are fun challenges to dip into. These are the challenges that have been sent so far.  We would love to see some of the challenges you have done. Please email us your pictures on the class email: reception@dovecote.school

You might even get onto Platypup's page yourself!  Look out for your friends!


Exciting news! Joey has finished his quarantine period and Mr Johnson has given him special permission to come and stay with Platypup until the Lockdown has finished.  Here's their selfie from last night.  They were so pleased to see each other.  Who are you looking forward to being able to hug again after Lockdown?

Counting Challenge

Joey and Platypup have been finding minibeasts in the garden.  They been counting how many of each type they can find.  Mrs Norris is bit concerned about how many ants they found on the raspberry bush! Challenge yourself by adding together the number of legs on two or three minibeasts.


Platypup and Joey won't be sending challenges over half-term.  You've worked hard on their challenges so enjoy the break!

Exploring Challenge

Joey and Platypup have been rubbing textures today to see what patterns and marks they can find.  How many different textures can you explore?

Food Challenge

honey on toast

Platypup emerged from his game of hide and seek this morning and was feeling very hungry.  As we are thinking about bees this week, Joey made them some honey on toast to eat. Have you tried honey before?

Handwriting Challenge

handwriting c d a

Platypup and Joey were playing hide and seek today.  Platypup hid so well that Joey couoldn't find him so Joey is going solo on the challenge today! Practise writing the letter 'c'.  Then use that motion to help you practise 'a' and 'd'.

Technology Challenge


Platypup and Joey have been taking selfies on my phone again so I set them a challenge to change their photos. Joey has turned himself into a bee and Platypup has added a hat and sunglasses to keep himself safe in the sun. How can you change your photos? 

Creative Challenge

flower printing

It's a lovely, sunny day and Platypup and Joey have been imagining what the flowers the seeds we planted might grow into. They have been using forks to print flowers shapes with paint and cotton buds to add details.


We'd love to see your fabulous flower pictures.  Email them to us and we'll add them to Platypup and Joey's page.


Talking & Tech Challenge


Platypup and Joey have been really missing their friends so today they video called Robodog.  Here's a photo from their call.  They really enjoyed talking to Robodog.  There was lots of laughter! Can you call a friend or someone in your family?  Make sure you have a grown up to help you.

Handwriting Challenge

handwriting p k

Platypup and Joey are practising handwriting again.  Joey is using felt tip pens and Platypup is using flour! How will you practise writing 'p & k'?

Games Challenge


Platypup and Joey are playing games today.  They are having to take turns and play fairly. Can you play a game with someone today? Remember to say 'well done' if someone else wins.


VE Day


We hope you enjoyed the VE Day celebrations.  Platypup and Joey had a picnic in the front garden and enjoyed helping the Norris children to make bunting.  They especially enjoyed eating the cakes that Mrs Norris made!

Handwriting Challenge

handwriting h m

Can you carefully practise writing 'm & h'? Joey has used flour to write in and Platypup has used felt tips.

Numberblocks Challenge

Numberblocks 20

Platypup and Joey have been watching the Numberblocks.  We were working on our teen numbers before school closed so they have been practising counting to 20.

Can you make collections of twenty and count them accurately? Maybe you can group your items in twos or fives and count them in twos or fives for a challenge.

Repeating Pattern Challenge

fuit patterns

Platypup and Joey raided the fruit bowl today and made repeating patterns with the fruit.  Then they ate some of it for a healthy snack afterwards. Can you make patterns with things in your house?  It doesn't have to be fruit!

Science Challenge


Platypup and Joey are having fun with bubbles today. You need a plastic bottle, an old sock, some washing up liquid and a bowl of water.  Get a grown up to cut the bottom off the bottle and then put the old sock over it.  You need to pull it tight across the bottom.  Mix some washing up liquid into some water in the bowl.  Then put the sock end of the bottle into the water.  Lift it out and blow through the hole at the top.  You should make a long bubble snake! 

Have fun seeing what you can do.  Does the same thing happen with a baggy sock on the end? What about if you use a bigger bottle? Or more/less washing up liquid or water? What's the longest bubble snake you can blow? Is it better to blow hard or gently?

Physical Challenge

obstacle course(1)

Platypup and Joey have been doing an obstacle course in the back garden today.  They had to go down the slide, through the tunnel, in and out of the plant pots, along the planks and across the stepping stones. Can you spot them balancing? Can you make an obstacle course out of things you have at home? We used a picnic rug and chairs to make the tunnel!

April's Challenges

Kindness Challenge


Today was meant to be a garden challenge but the weather is awful so Platypup and Joey came up with something better: tidy up your toys! Before bedtime, make sure that you have tidied away your toys so that your grown up can put their feet up when you've gone to bed! #kindnesschallenge

Science Challenge


Platypup and Joey have done a science experiment today. They have made a storm. The water is the air, the shaving foam is the clouds and the food colouring is the rain.  See what happens when you put the food colouring in the clouds! Top tip: don't make the 'cloud' too high over the top of the jar - it gets very messy!

Imagination Challenge


Joey and Platypup are so happy to see each other.  They are catching up over a picnic.  It's too wet outside so they are having an indoor picnic.  Can you work out what the brown fruit is that Joey has?  Can you set up a teddy bears' picnic? Maybe you can write place names for your teddies.

Making Challenge


The animals in our story made a crown for the giant because he was so kind to them.  Platypup made a rainbow crown with paper, felt tips, crayons and selloptape.  How will you decorate your crown?

Making Challenge


Can you make a 'doubling wand' to use in maths this week? Platypup and I made ours this morning.  I taped a star onto a stick and Platypup taped hearts onto a crayon.  (He had the great idea to double his heart and make two!) I'd love to see your wand if you make one! reception@dovecote.school

Handwriting Challenge


Can you carefully write the letters j, u & y? Take care with them and make them look neat! You could use water and a brush outside, you could write in a shallow tray of salt, with a pencil, with coloured pens or paint.  You choose!

Child P wand(1)
Child A double wand
Child J crown

Handwriting Challenge


Can you carefully write the letters r, b & n? Take care with them and make them look neat! You could use water and a brush outside, you could write in a shallow tray of salt, with a pencil, with coloured pens or paint.  You choose!

PE Challenge


Platypup is playing sock ball today.  Ball up a pair of socks and find different containers. Can you throw your sock ball into the containers?  Challenge yourself by getting different sized containers or standing by further away.  Can you spot Platypup's sock ball in the photo?

Google Animals Challenge


Platypup went on safari in the little car and found a tiger! Can you find any animals in your house or garden?

Google search for an animal and then click on the 3D button to make the animal 'appear' nearby.  There are about twenty animals available so far.

google animal
Child P 3D animal

Handwriting Challenge


Platypup has been practising the letters 'l, i & t'. He has been writing them carefully with water, pens and paint.  It doesn't look neat for long when you use water!

Yoga Challenge


Platypup is doing a yoga challenge.  Search for Cosmic Kids Yoga on Youtube and you will find lots of great yoga videos for children.  Platypup is doing the Trolls yoga with Princess Poppy.

Writing Challenge


Platypup, with a little help from my daughter, has written a sentence today.  Can you write a sentence about something you have done this week? If you want to show off your writing, send a picture to: reception@dovecote.school
Your writing might even make it onto the website!

March's Challenges

Cuddle Challenge!


Platypup was sad about not seeing all the Reception children so he came home to Mrs Norris' family. Give your favourite teddy and big cuddle at bedtime!

Art challenge


Platypup made a rainbow picture to put in the window to remind people we are all in this together.


What pictures have you made for your window?

Keep fit challenge


Platypup has been doing the daily Joe Wicks workout on Youtube live.  We have to use the laptop in one room and the telly in another so we don't bump into each other!

Name writing challenge


Playtpup wrote his name in lots of different colours.  You could make this challenge harder by writing your surname too, or even adding your middle name!

Maths Challenge


Platypup lined up some of our shoes from biggest to smallest.  Then he counted how many there were.  To challenge yourself, add more pairs of shoes or count them in twos.

Story Challenge


Platypup asked my daughter to share a story with him.  Ask someone to read a story to you and talk about what happened in the story. Who was the main character? What happened? Why do you think the character felt sad/happy (if they did)?

Drawing Challenge


Platypup drew a picture of his favourite animal.  Some of you have already sent your pictures to us at:




Platypup watched a Numberblocks episode on cbeebies iplayer. He watched an episode about the numbers 11-15 because that is what we were learning about in maths at school.  Then he tried to remember that 11 is ten and one, 12 is ten and two etc.  Can you work out the teen numbers like Platypup did?

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