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NURSERY HOME LEARNING IDEAS AND ACTIVITIES
We are sorry that we have had to close our Nursery. We know our children are active learners so here are a few ideas and activities to do at home.
We have tried to include activities that are either no-cost or very low cost and can be adapted depending on the interests of children. We have thought about activities and experiences that can include younger siblings and if you have older brothers and sisters, that are not at school, please encourage them to get involved too.
These ideas are very simple and many of them you will already do.
We are offering two key messages.
1) These activities should not be a chore, try a range of different activities but keep repeating things children really enjoy, repeating things is how very young children learn and feel confident to practice their skills in different contexts. Talk to your child about what they would like to do and how they want to organise their time. You are likely to be surprised by the responsible choices young children make.
2) All nursery environments have routines, these make children feel secure and help them become more independent as they take responsibility for increasingly complex tasks. Get children involved in your routines around the house. Sorting the washing, putting it in the washing machine, putting away the shopping, deciding what to eat for dinner, helping clear away plates, helping you to get breakfast for younger siblings all of these everyday activities will help children gain confidence and independence, as well as, valuable problem solving skills.
Here are some ideas and activities:
- Make a book about your family using photos or drawings. What are you going to call your book? Who are its authors?
- Play memory games. A simple way to do this is by collecting different objects around your house, putting them in one place, asking players to close their ideas and remove an item and see if they can guess what has disappeared. Ask children how they could make this game harder or easier. Create your own memory card game. What theme do you want to choose? Monsters, footballers, underwater creatures?
- Learn 5 tongue twisters (Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair then Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy, was he?) who in your family can say them quickest? Can you make up your own tongue twister?
- Make some ice cubes; where in your house (except for the freezer!) would be the best place to keep it from melting? How quickly did it melt? Can you make a container to stop it melting? What could you use?
- Make an underwater world in the bath, sink or basin. You can use toys (plastic people, animals etc) but think about the other waterproof objects (especially recycling) that you could use. Who lives in this underwater world? How do they live and what happens day to day? (Could you add some danger? A new creature or object?). You might want your grown up to write down what happens or just keep it in your head.
- Host a party for your favourite toy. Think about a guest list, invitations, decorations, party games, food, music, birthday cards. Can you make your toy a present?
- Sing your favourite song to someone in your family. Can they teach you their favourite rhyme or song? Can you record them on a phone?
- Talk to your family and friends about their favourite foods. Do you think they are healthy or unhealthy and why? Make a family recipe book with drawings, photos or pictures from leaflets/menus.
- Can you explain the route you take from home to nursery and back again? Can you make a map that would help someone find their way from your house to nursery? Maybe there are hidden dangers that you need to add to your map.
- Play what’s the time Mr Wolf.
- Use your toys to make an enclosure on the floor. Can you make it big enough for all your family to lay down inside?
- Make a space, using blankets, pillows, duvets and cushions big enough for you and a grown to get inside and read a story. Maybe you want to name your den? What are the rules about who can come inside and when they can come in?
- Play any board games. Ask your grown up to make a simple board game for you, this can be a simple track drawn on a piece of paper divided into squares, with start at one end and finish at the other (you might have to borrow a dice from another game or make one using a stock cube). Tell them what the game has to be about (dragons, farm animals, pirates) what are the prizes you collect if you land on good squares and what are penalties you have to do if you land on the bad squares? Can you invent a game and tell someone how to play it?
- Make a simple counting book or a number frieze to stick on the wall. This can be done over a number of days. Page one has one thing (maybe you, or a pet or a famous superhero), page two has two objects, Do they have to be identical? Or can they be “sort of” the same thing?
- If you have a garden, or are able to go outside, collect, small objects, twigs, stones, leaves etc to make a picture. Talk about what plants are ok to pick and will grow back.
- Plant some seeds and take care of them. Have a look for books about growing things. Do you know the names of any of the plants you can see in your garden, from your balcony or through the window? How can you find out the names of these plants or trees? Can you see any animals or birds that visit them?
- Make playdough (there are lots of recipes online this one doesn’t require cooking) but you can make it very simply using 8 tablespoons of plain flour, 2 table spoons of salt, 60 mls of warm water, a few drops of food colouring and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Put the dry ingredients in one bowl and slowly add the wet ones and mix together. The dough is then kneaded (flour the surface a little) and ready to use. Store in a sandwich bag, airtight containers or wrap and keep in the fridge. What could you add to your playdough mixture? Think about making different smells, textures and colours.
- Set up a simple role play area this could be a shop, café, doctors, hospital, school, hairdressers, vets, using things from your house. Think about where this area needs to go, how things are organised and displayed. Do you need money, bags, boxes? How will people know your shop or café is here? Think about how to tidy it away and set it up again.
- Think about your friends, neighbours and the people that live in your street or building, talk to your grown up about who they think might like a card or picture, or maybe put a picture in your window to cheer people up.
There is no obligation to do these activities they are just suggestions and you may also have lots of ideas yourself, so please share them with each other.
Story time is something your child may miss over the next few weeks, so we really encourage you to keep reading books at home. Children can also listen to stories online at:
Last year for World Book Day, Rob Biddulph, an author and illustrator, visited Bounds Green and did an amazing workshop for our key stage one children. He is doing really amazing online art activities for children. Click the link below:
As part of PSHE at Bounds Green we would like the children to have a go at the activities in the document below:
PSHE Lesson – What is a Hero?