- Writing Activity - Write a letter.
While we are all stuck indoors there are lots of people in our families and lots of friends that we cannot see. Why not draw a picture or write a letter to someone showing or telling them what you have been up to? You could even post it when you next go out so that they receive some post. They might even send you something back.
Please don't forget to let your child have a go at their own writing and do not give them words to copy. If they cannot write letters, please encourage them to make lines and circles; which are the early stages of writing. If they can only write the letters from their name then this is fine, that is the next stage. If they have some phonic knowledge then ask them if they can write the first letter in the word. Ask them what their writing says. You can always write what they say underneath.
Please encourage them to have a go at writing their name.
Below if the correct letter formation which the children learn at Chatsworth Primary School.
Number Activity - Colour Hunt
Can you go on a colour hunt?
- See how many red objects you can find.
- See how many blue objects you can find.
- See how many green objects you can find.
- See how many yellow objects you can find.
- I wonder which colour has the most objects.
- I wonder which colour has the least objects.
- How many would you have if you found one more?
- How many would you have if you found one less?
To help your child understand more than and one more, please click on the picture to watch a song about it - 'Who has more?'
Shape Space and Measure - Squares and Patterns
Elmer was a rainbow patchwork elephant. His body was covered in different coloured squares. Can you find any squares?
- How many squares can you find inside your home?
- How many squares can you find outside?
- How do you know it is a square?
- How many sides does it have?
- How many corners does it have?
- How do you know it is a square and not a rectangle?
If you are good at finding squares maybe you can find a cube. A cube is a 3D solid shape. Every face of a cube is a square.
There are patterns all around us. What patterns can you see? There are patterns in your home and patterns outside. Can you find any patterns? Can you describe the pattern?
Creative Activity - Patterned Elephant
On Elmer's special day all of Elmer's friends decorated themselves in a colourful pattern. Can you remember what patterns they were?
They were spotty, stripey, checked, or had flowers, stars or hearts. These are just a few examples.
Can you draw an elephant and then colour it in with a colourful pattern? You can use pens, pencils or paints.
What is your pattern? Can you describe it?
Physical Activity - Fine motor skills
Many children struggle to hold a pen correctly as they need to develop the muscles in their fingers. They have difficulty drawing and writing as they complain that their hand or fingers ache. Click on the picture below and have a go at these fine motor activities which you can do with items you will have around your home. These will help to develop your child's fine motor skills and strengthen their muscles.
'The World Around Me' activity - Bubbles
All children love blowing bubbles. It's a fun activity which will keep your children entertained for hours.
If you have run out of shop bought mixture it's easy to make your own bubbles.
Prep 5 minutes
- 50ml washing-up liquid (one part)
- 300ml water (six parts)
1. Measure the washing-up liquid into a container, such as a small pot or bottle.
2. Slowly add in the water, being careful not to create too many bubbles at this stage. Gently stir the mixture together to combine – a chopstick is perfect for this.
3. If you can, let the bubble mixture rest before using it, as it will make your bubbles even better.
4. When you’re ready, dip your bubble wand into the mixture and start blowing bubbles!
Homemade bubble wands
If you don’t have a wand from a shop bought pot of bubbles, don’t despair! You can have fun by looking for different items around the house that can be used to make bubbles. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Paperclips – bend them into wands or use as they are
- Biscuit cutters
- Pipe cleaners
- Fly swatters
To make your bubble mixture even stronger you can try adding Glycerine. This can be found in the baking section of most major supermarkets. Try adding 1 tbsp glycerine to the recipe above to make the bubbles last much longer.
- How big can you blow your bubbles?
- Who in your family can blow the biggest bubble?
- How quickly can you pop the bubbles?
- Who can pop the most bubbles?
- What different colours can you see in your bubbles?