Activities you could do with your child to extend their learning
- Well worth a look at Pinterest……..
It is a fantastic app (on an iphone) or website (you will need to sign in and create an account which takes a couple of minutes) which has lots of fun ideas. There are literally hundreds of activities you can try and many of them are based around household items that you are likely to have indoors already.
When you search in the search bar at the top of the page you can try general topics such as ‘sensory activities’ ‘PMLD activities’ etc. or if your child has a specific need e.g. reduced hand mobility, it may be that you can enter something more specific such as ‘fine motor skills’ / ‘fine motor activities’.
Sensory activities open the door for free play. It lets children explore different materials and is pure fun for all the family!
Here are some websites for sensory play ideas to stimulate and engage learners!
- Learning 4 Kids
Some excellent sensory play activity ideas – don’t forget, you can adapt them to suit whatever level your child is at! Also, although we do a lot of sensory play at school, there are lots of other categories with a variety of activities that may be applicable including: ‘Easter activities’, ‘Colours’, ‘Playdoh recipes’ etc.
Make your own play dough and add paint or food coloring to the dough. This is great for fine motor skill development as children can cut out shapes, roll, squeeze or pinch it. Recipe below.
Makes 1 coloured ball
Prep 10 minutes
You will need
- 8 tbsp. plain flour
- 2 tbsp. table salt
- 60ml warm water
- food colouring
- 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the water, a few drops of food colouring and the oil.
Pour the coloured water into the flour mix and bring together with a spoon.
Dust a work surface with a little flour and turn out the dough. Knead together for a few minutes to form a smooth, pliable dough. If you want a more intense colour you can work in a few extra drops of food colouring.
Store in a plastic sandwich bag (squeeze out the air) in the fridge to keep it fresh.
and links to M/CLL
You can either buy playdoh or it is simple to make using the following recipe – (and good fun to make together!) encourage your child to use their tools to carefully mould and use tools to effect changes to this. Encourage your child to roll this/cut this using a plastic knife/squeeze etc., following instructions. Then you can also use it to make letter shapes – if you make a letter shape can the child say the letter?
Encourage them to make shapes/animals etc. You could even put some cake cases into a muffin tin and encourage children to make enough cakes/counting how many they have.
- Pre-school Play - blog spot
This website has a series of pictures of activities. If you click on the picture, it tells you how to do the activity. Mainly pre-writing skills-based but really worth a look as lots of the activities can be adapted.
- Ian Bean’s website
Many of our parents have switches for their children to use on a PC. If you have, there are lots and lots of free resources on Ian’s website. Go to the website address above and click on ‘FREE SEN ICT resources’. You don’t even have to register on the website to be able to use the resources!
How to create a sensory story…….. some brief but great ideas on how to make a story ‘come alive’. Fantastic for communication work. Don’t forget you can adapt or make up your own stories – these are just ideas. Let your imagination run wild!
Here are some other websites that the parents can use while at home with their children –
Setting this up is really easy to do - go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS
Please use Early Years or Year 1 resources to help support your children’s learning while at home
Other useful websites –
This is a free website. Not all of the activities are suitable for our children, however, I have used counting games, phonics bloom and sky writer. The early year’s section has some activities that are suitable for some of our children.
For mark making numbers shapes.
Phonics stages 1 and 2 offer some free resources that can be used to support phonics learning.
Barefoot books are songs which the children will enjoy listening to.
5 a day website offer a free trial and have sort videos encouraging physical movement for children.
This website offers sensory play ideas and activities for the children. It also lists how to make messy play media such as squishy jelly, sand foam etc.
You Tube ideas -
- charlie's numbers song
- little stories for tiny people
- phonics song
- abc song
- Finger Paint
- Autism emotions
- Autism iHelp
- Counting 123
- Feelings IAP
- Build it up
Free resources for pupils at home
You could have some fun with messy play using store cupboard ingredients like shaving foam, corn flour, water play, playdough etc.
You could do some home baking like basic cookies/biscuits. Let your children explore the ingredients and help you weigh the items (if appropriate) or they could help with the mixing.
Finally, continue reading stories to your child. Enjoy the time you spend together and have fun!
Please remember the best activities are adults talking to, playing with and reading to the children as well.
You could also try counting in play (counting going up and down stairs, counting jumps/hops/claps etc., plates at the table, toys) and number songs on YouTube.
Maths & ICT
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/counting is a great interactive website that has lots of activities. Whether your child is working on clicking the mouse or counting the items/adding one more this is a really good site to spend some time on.
- Parents can write letters, numbers, shapes or the child's name in pencil and trace and mark make over the top.
We’ve been busy at school exploring lots of different marks we can make. Some children prefer doing this with a pencil/pen – can they try to copy simple early marks (crosses/circles/lines) or even some letter shapes? You could also try making marks into sensory material - this could be something you have at home such as flour/glitter/sand or even with some mud painting from the garden!
Some games on websites that link to class topics i.e. under the sea, or support with learning letter sounds in phonics are:
These websites also have lots of other free activities that work on tablets and desktop computers.
Other ideas your children may like to try -
Make a boat!
Can you use some junk materials (old cereal boxes/kitchen roll tubes etc.) to make a boat? If you have paint/pens at home you could use these to decorate this. We’d love you to bring this into school but if you prefer, take a picture of your creation before seeing if your boat floats or sinks.
With Easter around the corner it’s a great chance to make some cornflake cakes. The recipe can be found at (https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/cooking-kids-chocolate-cornflake-cakes-0 ) and it’s great to look at what happens to the chocolate before and after it has melted. Then work together to mix the ingredients – you could even look at the amount/number needed on the scales. Finally, carefully count out the correct number of mini eggs for the top. For some children they might want to use any leftover melted chocolate to mark make into and it’s a great opportunity to try some different foods.
Exciting iPad apps to try: (all free)
Busy Shapes 2
Monkey Preschool lunchbox
Peek – a – zoo