Construction Pebbles

Resources

1. Large Pebbles

2. White paint or liquid chalk marker

Construction Pebbles

Delivery

1. Pre-prepare this activity for your children by drawing different lines and patterns on the pebbles (the image shown demonstrates a good prompt for your imagination).

2. You can also get the children involved in creating some of their own pebbles that they can use throughout the activity.

3. The overall aim is for the children to freely observe, explore and experiment with the pebbles, constructing them in a variety of ways and seeing how they connect.

4. Ensure that you allow the children the opportunity to learn at their own pace, but also be proactive and question where you think it may be useful – “How could we use this?”, “What type of line / pattern is this?”, “What else could we do with this?”

Extending & Adapting

Extend this activity further by looking at other ways we can use lines / patterns (perhaps with masking tape, creating a balance course along the floor of your house?)

You can prompt and assist the children’s imaginations by having your construction pebbles centred around a certain theme (for example a car track).

Nature Easter Bunny

Resources

1. Paper
2. Black felt tip pen
3. Natural materials collected from the garden
4. Glue
5. Photo frame

Easter Bunny

Delivery

1. Introduce this activity by talking to the children about Easter and how bunnies relate to the event, and how they’re going to be using this in today’s activity.

2. To pre-prepare for this activity, you should have a variety of natural materials at hand ready for the children to use – you may like to ask them to collect materials from the garden or go for a walk to collect some.

3. Draw the main features of a bunny as shown on the picture onto a piece of paper. This is the template for the children to work around and plants the “imaginative seed”.

4. Children should be given the opportunity to freely observe, explore and experiment with different combinations of materials and ways to use them.

5. After they have made their representation of the Easter Bunny, they can stick the materials down with glue.

6. When completely dry, frame it and place it on display somewhere ready for Easter!

7. Throughout the activity, it is important to highlight the significance of nature and natural materials; how we used them today for our activity and how the children can contribute to the environment in the future to promote health, growth & balance.

Extending & Adapting

You could extend this activity further by looking at other ways we could use nature to fit the Easter theme (perhaps some egg patterns with natural materials?)

If you feel like your child needs to get out of the house and on an adventure, take them out to gather the materials. This will help them connect with nature with a hands-on and level approach and keep them stimulated and engaged.

(Please note that if you do decide to go out, you should follow government advice)

2D Shape Hunt

2D Shape Hunt

Resources

1. Card
2. Pen
3. Scissors

Delivery

  1. Introduce this activity by talking to the children about shapes; what shapes do they know? Where can we find shapes? Tell them you’re going to be taking them on a shape hunt! Explain what 2D is.
  2. Have this activity pre-prepared with templates on card that the children can use for their 2D shape hunt as shown on the picture.
  3. Make sure to include shapes that children might see in everyday life; triangles, squares, rectangles, diamonds, pentagons, hexagons, circles, etc.
  4. Take the children around the home (and in the garden, if you have one). We are looking for items in every object and building that the children can see through the shapes.
  5. This is a great conversation starter; to discuss with them that everything has a shape, even when you don’t particularly take notice!
  6. You can have a few examples to hand that you already know are compatible with your list; but also let the children do as much exploring as possible. 

Extending & Adapting

You could explore this activity further by collecting different (smaller) objects from around the home and construct them to create the shapes that you have on your template!

Adapt this activity by having a room filled with shapes that the children can easily recognise. This will help them become familiar with the concept of the 2D shape hunt.

Ice Block Building

Resources

  1. Water
  2. Liquid watercolours or food colouring
  3. Ice Cube Moulds, and other shaped containers
  4. Tongs
  5. Tray
Ice Block Building

Delivery

1. Encourage your children to get involved in the process from the beginning with a hands-on approach. This is a learning experience for them that sparks their curiosities and imaginations.

2. To prepare for this activity, we use different types of containers and ice trays to create a variety of shapes and sizes of ice – from measuring cups to tupperware boxes! Just fill the containers with water and a few drops of colouring and put into the freezer.

3. Once completely frozen, bring the items out of the freezer and empty onto a tray. (You could use any – from baking trays to sensory tubs (or even the bathtub!)

4. To assist in the development of your child’s fine motor skills, give them a variety of different tools they can use to support their gripping techniques. Tongs and chopsticks are great!

5. Your child should have the opportunity to observe, explore and experiment with their ice construction at their own pace (or as long as it takes for the ice to melt – you can leave some ice in the freezer as a backup for when that happens!)

Extending & Adapting

Extend this activity looking at other items we could use to construct with (such as mud cubes?) 

You can adapt this activity by the gripping materials that you use (for example, chopsticks are more complex to use compared to tongs or fingers!)

Wish Jar

wishing jar

Resources

  1. Mason Jar (or any container will do!)
  2. Paper or Post-it Notes
  3. Pen

Something a bit different…

1. Every time you or someone else in your house wishes that they could do something, go somewhere, treat themselves, see someone they love, visit a new place or invite people to visit you, write it down on a small piece of paper and put it in your “wish jar”.

2. When this current Covid-19 situation is over, you can use the jar as your bucket list and work your way through it. You’ll be even more grateful for all the little and lovely things in your lives that you usually would take for granted.

3. Until then, enjoy watching the jar fill up with magical things to look forward to!

Pom Pom Drop

Resources

1. Toilet Roll Tubes
2. Sticky tape
3. Bowls
4. Tray
5. Assorted Coloured Pom Poms
6. Tongs & Scoops

TIP: You don’t have to use pom poms – you can use literally anything, from natural materials you find outside to lego pieces!

Delivery

1. Allocate a small space in a room for this activity with an empty wall

2. Gather your toilet roll tubes (you should have plenty) and attach them to the wall

3. Place individual bowls underneath each tube so that they collect the pom poms when they go through

4. Place your tray full of assorted pom poms at the other end of the room with (child-friendly) tongs, scoops and any similar items that can be used

5. The objective is for the child to transfer the pom pom from the tray using the materials provided over and through the tube, sorting them either by colour or size (or any other variation)

Extending & Adapting

You can extend this activity by adding in challenges – e.g. “John, I challenge you to put 5 blue pom poms and 4 yellow pom poms down the tubes in 30 seconds!”

You can adapt this activity by painting the toilet roll tubes beforehand according to the colours of pom poms you have – this will help children recognise the sorting pattern more easily!

If you have more than one child; you can encourage healthy competition by seeing who can fill the bowls up first!

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