Understanding of the World
Materials at home. Material hunt (try to find different materials around your home) . Materials in a bag or box (feel them and pull out your favourite one). Reading stories to do with materials – Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Slimy Book, The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig etc. Making different objects out of materials – rocket out of a plastic bottle, a house out of cardboard etc.
Freezing objects. Children fill containers with water. Add a few objects in and then put the freezer. It is great if the children watch them go in and take them out so they see how the water has changed. They can use water and brushes to find the object within the ice! The Polar Bear and the snow cloud https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbfcsC3LvPg
Activities with real soil. (Warning - if your child likes to eat anything and everything, this may not be the right activity for him/her).
If you are lucky enough to have access to a garden maybe you could try one of the following:
- Get a bucket or tray of soil and hide objects. Encourage your child to ‘dig’ to find them. If your child likes water, you could them help them to ‘wash’ the objects. Great fun and a chance to get thoroughly messy !
- Plant some sunflower seeds / bulbs / veggies
Computing: Great Apps we use in school
talking Tom - the cat copies sounds
pocket ponds - sensory water with fish
bubble pop - counting bubbles
book creator - create your own book
finger paint - children make marks and change the colours or add music
busythings - a variety of apps that have games the children may be used to
Ianbean is a fantastic resource for children. Children can use it with a mouse or a touch screen and it encourages children to press the button to reveal a response (you need to sign up with an email address)
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