Down on the farm
The children have been learning about the farm. Can they say which animals you would find on a farm? Can they make the sound of each animal? Challenge your child to move like a range of different farm animals, playing in the style of four corners.
Can they sing the song Old MacDonald Had a Farm? Challenge your child to draw a picture of the different animals that they chose when singing the song.
If you have any clean and empty junk model materials at home you could challenge your child to make an enclosure for a farm animal. If not you could help your child to use wooden bricks, Lego, Duplo, Mega Bloks or Sticklebricks to build enclosures to fit some farm animals inside!
Settle down together and watch some episodes of Down on the Farm on CBeebies on BBC iPlayer or YouTube.
Can your child find some items in your kitchen that would grow on a farm, i.e. carrots, potatoes, broccoli, cabbage, onions, swede etc?
If you have some children's paint at home, have some fun making some vegetable prints! You could explore how the prints look different when different sections of the vegetable are used. You might even be able to make a pattern with your vegetable prints!
The children have enjoyed reading the story 'What the Ladybird Heard' by Julia Donaldson.
Go outside and investigate which minibeasts you can see together. Can they name each of the minibeasts? Did they find them all in the same place or in different places?
Make a minibeast hotel for minibeasts in your garden! Use cardboard tubes, logs, bark, and bamboo sticks to create your own little home!
Encourage your children to draw the minibeasts that they can see and challenge them to identify the initial sound of each one (w-w-w worm, l-l-l ladybird, s-s-s spider, b-b-b butterfly, w-w-w woodlouse etc.)
Can your child take photographs of the minibeasts they have spotted? Maybe they could even try to record a video of them moving?!
If you have paint at home, explore making butterfly paintings by folding a piece of paper in half and then painting on one side. Fold the paper over so that the plain side folds flat onto the paint. Then carefully lift it back up to reveal a symmetrical painting!
Number time fun!
In maths we have been learning about numbers and using them to label amounts. The children have been learning what the number of the week looks like, how to count to that number, but most importantly how to represent that number in different ways. We do this using objects, our fingers, marks on paper and by making up number stories.It is really important that the children understand the value of the number and not just be able to count to the given number or recognise the numeral.
So far the children have been learning the numbers 1,2 and 3.
Challenge your child to go on a hunt around the house to find 4 things (4 blocks, 4 books, 4 pencils, 4 shoes, 4 socks etc.)
Encourage your child to take photographs of the things they have found.
Can they draw their 4 objects? What would happen if we added one more/took one away?
Settle down and watch the CBeebies Numberblocks together. Episodes can be found on BBC iPlayer and on YouTube. You could recap the numbers 1,2 and 3 as well as watching the episode for number 4!
Spring time hunt
As Spring is now upon us, there will be lots of noticeable changes in your garden and in your local environment - flowers growing etc.
Look out of your window, get out in the garden or go for a walk to see if you and your child can see some signs of Spring, discussing what you can see along the way!
Encourage your child to take some photographs of the things they find so that they can look at them when they get back home.
Recap what you and your child say on your 'Spring time hunt'. Ask your child if they can name things that make a plant grow.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUBIQlfTRzl is a link of a video explaining what a plant needs to grow through song.
Can your child draw/paint an observational drawing of a flower and what might hep it grow?
Do you have any musical instruments at home? If you do you and your child could explore making loud and quiet sounds. You could look at how your instruments can be played. Can they be played in different ways?
You could then have lots of fun making your own musical instrument! You can use anything you can find in your house that will make a sound! Examples could be a dry, empty plastic bottle filled with rice/pasta/sugar/beads/pebbles etc, a pan and a wooden spoon, scraping the side of a tin can, elastic bands wrapped around a box,different levels of water in glass bottles or cups to make a xylophone - there are so many different ways you can make an instrument!
Once you have made an instrument can you play it fast/slow/quietly/loudly.
Put some music on. Can your child keep a steady beat with their instrument in time to the music?
Can they tap out the syllables (beats) in their own name and their family members' names using their instrument? E.g. Sam, George, Lenn-y, Conn-ie etc.
If you find/make more than one instrument you can play a game where your child has to close their eyes while you play one of the instruments. Can they guess which one you were playing?
Can they sing a song to the music they play?
Nursery rhyme time!
Ask your child to choose their favourite nursery rhyme (Hickory Dickory Dock, Incy Wincy Spider, Miss Polly Had a Dolly etc.)
Can they sing the rhyme to you? If possible record your child singing their performance!
Can they draw a picture of this nursery rhyme and talk about what they have drawn?