Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Part of the Early Years curriculum is that children “Enjoy responsibility of carrying out small tasks.” One way to prevent rubbish like Stanley the carrier bag ending up in the sea is to recycle. Can you help your grown-up take by taking some responsibility for recycling in your home this week? You could help your grown-up wash out a jar to go in the recycling bin, flatten down cardboard packaging, take the lids off plastic bottles or rinse out a plastic milk bottle to go in the recycling bin. Talk together about which items you can recycle and why it is so important to recycle when we can. You could also talk about ways in which you can reduce the amount of plastic you use in your house e.g. using a Bag for Life, having a reusable water bottle, buying a metal straw that you can use again and again instead of plastic ones.
Here is a lovely video about the important of recycling and the potential of children to spread the word and make a difference:
Gross motor: Being able to make a choice and give a reason is really important. There are 4 different choices of yoga this week. Read the titles of each one to your child and let them choose which sea creature they would like to choose. Can they give you a reason for their choice?
Don’t Pop the Bubble! The ocean is full of bubbles. Use a ball to be a bubble. If it hits the floor, it will pop. Explore different ways of keeping your bubble from popping. You could:
- Do keepie-uppies by kicking the ball
- Throwing it up in the air and catching it
- Playing catch with one or more people in your house
- Playing piggy in the middle
- Creating a way of moving your ball without it touching the floor e.g. rolling it along planks or a drain pipe
- Draw your favourite Under the Sea animal and colour it in
- Practise your cutting skills by cutting out orange star fish shapes, green, wavy seaweed or even some sharp, white shark teeth!
- Draw some wavy lines for your child to follow with a blue crayon or felt tip. You can also practise your fine motor skills by placing small things such as buttons, Cheerios or beads on the line, all the way along. This is really tricky and takes time, coordination and patience!
Health and Self-Care:
Children should be able to observe the effects of exercise on their bodies. Before exercising (yoga, playing in the garden, going for a walk, doing some star fish jumps – anything!) talk to your child about how their body feels. Are they hot? How do their muscles feel? Feel how fast their heart is going. Straight after the exercise talk about these things again. Has anything changed? This works better with high-intensity exercise such as star jumps, running on the spot or playing a fast-paced sport.
Understanding the World
Look at a world map together (a picture, in an atlas or on Google Earth) and look at the oceans. Discuss how much of the world is covered in water and what creatures might live in there. If you have been on holiday in the UK or around the world, have you been in or flown over any of these seas or oceans?
Investigate floating and sinking. Gather some (waterproof!) items from around you house (e.g. spoon, pencil, hair bobble, plastic toy etc) and encourage your child to predict whether each item will sink or float in the sink or the bath. Then test your ideas and discuss what you notice. Do all the items that floated have anything in common? Did anything surprise you? (Fruit is a very interesting thing to explore if you have enough. Melons float but grapes sink!)
Ask a grown-up to help you research an animal from Under the Sea and learn three facts that you can tell your family. Here are some websites and videos that might help:
Expressive Arts and Design:
Below are some ideas you might like to choose from to make your own “Under the Sea” art:
Bubble blowing art: You will need to do this activity outside or to put a lot of newspaper down as this can be a bit messy! Mix some washing-up liquid, paint and a bit of water in a washing up bowl or a margarine tub. Then use a straw to blow the washing-up liquid to create some bubbles (make sure you model only blowing through the straw, not sucking!). When you have made the bubbles, gently lay some paper on top to create your own bubble art. You can use different colours of paint to create colourful bubble art. When it is dry you could draw, stick or collage your favourite ocean animals on top.
Rainbow fish: Cut out some fish shapes from bubble wrap, paint the bubble wrap in different colours and print them onto a piece of paper to create your own scaly, rainbow coloured fish.
Recycled sea creatures: Create your own sea creatures using recycled materials to save the items ending up in the sea. Tell other people about your recycled art to remind them of the dangers of rubbish getting into the oceans.
Music and Dance:
Ocean sounds: Use some rice and a Pringles tube, bottle or other sealable container to make your own shaker. Can you use your shaker to make the sound of gentle waves, crashing, waves or a gigantic, raging storm? Talk about how you change the sound by shaking faster, slower, tipping the instrument in different ways or being harder or more gentle.
A Lovely Song to watch together which explores food chains under the sea:
Here is one of my very favourite songs to sing with children, all about the dangers of plastic bags ending up in the ocean:
Under the Sea Just Dance: