Balance allows children to control and manage their bodies. Children are often seen to be running, making fast movements and having stumbles and falls. When children are encouraged to slow down they begin focusing on controlled movements. These controlled movements require concentration and critical thinking. During this moment, children are given the opportunity to develop awareness of their body, how it moves, reacts and how they can control it.
It is important that children develop their foot-eye coordination. This is just as important as developing their hand-eye coordination. A child’s foot-eye coordination is a starting point for supporting their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills vital for writing.
Gross motor skills (large muscle movements) are critical for fine motor skill development. It is therefore important for children to develop awareness, control, confidence and coordination of their large-muscle movements. Children need to make large controlled movements before they can move onto smaller, fine-tuned movements.
For example, children learn to manipulate the arm from the shoulder joint. This gradually builds onto gaining control of the hands and finally the fine finger movements for manipulating tools and taking part in writing. As a result, children benefit from having well-developed and coordinated gross motor movements prior to developing their writing.
Providing children with free access to hoops, stepping stones, obstacles, ropes and planks encourages them to develop balance through play. Such activities often evolve into social and collaborative play. Children may work together by using problem solving skills to overcome challenges, obstacles and negotiate space around each other. They may also support each other by providing a helping hand or hints and tips. Throughout this active learning, children are simultaneously relying on their balance and coordination as well as building on it.
If you have a garden your child can try balancing on a low plank. This can be laid on to the grass or can be supported by a brick underneath at each end.
Stepping stones can be made from upside down buckets or from bricks or large stones.
A rope, masking tape or even a chalked line can be put onto the ground for your child to walk along.
If you are able to visit the park, then there will be fixed equipment for your child to balance on.
Low planks for walking along, tree stump stepping stones or maybe a climbing frame. These are all great to practice balancing.
Can your child write their name?
Help them to form the letters of their name correctly, using lowercase letters. They only need a capital letter for the first letter.
We follow the Penpals handwriting scheme where each letter has a flick.
Please see the correct letter formation below.
Numbers are everywhere. We are so used to seeing them, most of the time we don’t even notice them. Where would we be without phone numbers, car registration numbers, numbers on doors, on clocks etc…..
You can have great fun with your child going on a number hunt.
Have a look around your house and outdoors when you go out for your daily exercise.
Where can you find numbers?
Which numbers do you recognise?
Health and Self -Care
It is very important that we are looking after our teeth.
Do you know how to care for your teeth?
How often should we brush our teeth?
Do you know how to brush your teeth?
What sorts of food is good for our teeth? Do you know why we shouldn’t eat too many sweets and fizzy drinks?
Have you ever been to the dentist?
Click on the picture below and find out about looking after our teeth and a visit to the dentist with Jo Jo and Gran Gran.
Knowledge and Understanding of the world
Floating and Sinking
This activity can be done in the bath, the kitchen sink or in a large bowl or bucket on the floor.
Gather a selection of items for your child to explore, or let them choose the items (ensure they are waterproof or things you don’t mind getting wet).
Ideas for things which will sink:
Ideas for things which will float:
Bath time ducks
Before putting them into the water, ask your child to predict whether they will sink of float.
Let them put each item into the water and talk about what happens.
Did it float or sink?
If it sunk – did it sink straight away.
Has it sunk right to the bottom?
Why do you think it sunk or floated?
Count how many things float and how many sink.
Have fun exploring together.
Expressive Arts and Design
Why not have a go at making a crocodile sock puppet.
All you will need is an old sock, scraps of card, material or wool and some glue.
Draw eyes onto card, paper, stickers or use googly eyes if you have any. Stick these onto the top of the sock. (It best to put the sock onto your hand so you can see the best place to put them)
Draw sharp teeth onto white card and stick these around the sides of the mouth.
Once the glue is dry, you can have fun with your puppet.
You could make any animal or character you like.
Below are some ideas.
Click on the picture below to watch how to make a dinosaur sock puppet.