Gross motor skills:
Everybody's favourite dance!
If you have three or more people in your house you can play “Piggy in the Middle” but replace the Piggy with a Shark who is trying to jump out of the water and bite the ball.
Go for a nature walk and make up some other silly rhymes like “shark in the park” based on what you see. E.g. a bee in a tree, glass on the grass, a toad in the road, a bath on the path!
Fine motor skills:
Use a clothes peg to make your own shark. You could draw straight onto the peg; just draw on some spikey teeth; cut out a shark shape and stick it on or just use your imagination. Use your shark peg to go around the house and see what your shark can bite and even pick up. Can it pick up some paper? A sock? The stem of an apple? A hair band? Etc. The action needed to use a peg requires important finger muscles that your children need to develop at this age. If you use the peg for a while, they will start to feel it in their fingers!
Health and Self-Care:
Hand Washing: With the continued easing of the lockdown, this is an important time to remind your children about the importance of hand-washing and practise how to do it, making sure you wash all parts of your hands. It is a good chance to practise counting to 20 as well (or to 10 twice if your child is not ready for 10-20 yet).
Here are some videos you can use to remind you how to hand wash:
Baby Shark is a great song to practise washing your hands to, changing the part of your hand that you are washing for each shark.
Here is a picture that you might like to print and colour if you have a printer… or you can draw your own!
Draw around your hand on a piece of paper and think about the things you touch that may have germs on. For each one make a mark on your hand with a different colour e.g. going to the toilet, touching a pet, shaking hands with a friend, making lunch etc. Look how many germs are on your hands! This is why we need to wash them.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Sun Safety: As it is so hot at the moment, this is a great time to ensure your child knows about how to stay safe in the Sun.
Here is a Mr Tumble video you can use to talk about some of the ways in which you can “Stay Sun Safe.”
Talk to your child about wearing sun cream, a hat and sunglasses and about how important it is to spend time in the shade and drink lots of water and make some Sun Safety rules together. Look at the number on your bottle of sun cream and talk about how this protects you. Talk about the fact that if you go in a paddling pool it can wash your sun scream off so you need to put more on as soon as you get out. I know you previously had “The Sun Has Got Its Hat On” as a Rhyme of the Week. You might like to sing it together again. If the Sun has its hat on… so should we!
Print or copy these outlines to design, colour in and decorate your own sunglasses or hat. Put your picture up somewhere that will remind you to wear your glasses and hat when you are out in the sunshine.
Video challenge: Can you help Miss Bagnall to be Sun Safe in her garden?
Understanding the World
In the story of “Shark in the Park” it looks like a really lovely sunny day and we are so lucky at the moment to be having some lovely sunshine too which means that it is a great time to explore shadows!
Shadows are created when things that are solid block sunlight.
Here is a video about how shadows are formed and a poem about shadows that you can listen to together.
Here are some ideas that you could use to explore shadows this week but you may think of many others!
Ask a grown up to help you draw around your shadow using chalk in the morning, at lunch and in the afternoon all stood in the same spot and look at how it moves and changes as the Earth moves.
Stand a toy animal on a piece of white paper and draw around its shadow to make your own animal art.
Try making different shapes with your own shadow. Can you make a giraffe shape by patting your arm up tall to be the giraffe’s neck? Or become a witch/wizard by holding a stick to be your magic wand? Maybe you could work as a family and all work together to make a big shadow in the shape of an elephant?
Go for a walk at different times of the day and look at how different your shadows are on the pavement. At lunchtime you barely have a shadow at all but in the evening you look like a big, long thin giant!
Explore shadows using a torch in your house. You can lay a sheet over a table and go inside, casting shadows onto the sheet using a torch or making your shadow puppet theatre.
Learn and make some shadow animals using your hands and tell your own shadow story:
The grown-ups in Nursery have set you a challenge. We have all taken photographs of our own shadows. Can you look at each shadow and guess who is who? If you enjoyed this activity you could make a shadow quiz with the people who live in your house and send it to your friends and family for them to try and guess who is who!
Expressive Arts and Design
Timothy Pope, Timothy Pope, is looking through his telescope…
Can you make your very own telescope and use it to look at the world around you? You could make your telescope using rolled up paper, a kitchen roll tube or anything else you can think of. Timothy’s telescope in the story is blue and gold. What colours will you choose? Could you add stickers or a pattern or a picture? You could make a sparkly telescope or a telescope for a pirate.
When your telescope is complete you can use it in lots of different ways. You could:
Act out the story together and make sure that you look up at the sky and down at the ground, left and right, and all around!
Go on a hunt for everything you can spot starting with one particular sound
Look at something through your telescope and describe it to your family to guess what it is. I can see something very tall and green. It has branches and leaves and birds can live in it.
Play ‘I Spy’
Make up your own story or role play games which includes a telescope. You could be an adventurer, or a pirate or a witch looking out for people to cast a spell on!
REMEMBER: Talk to your child about how important it is that they do not look directly at the Sun using their telescope as this could damage their eyes.
Water painting: With such lovely weather, this is a great time for water painting. All you need is a pot of water and some paintbrushes out in the sunshine. It is a great time to make pictures, create patterns and talk about why and how the water disappears in the sunshine. You can explore different sized brushes or add in a sponge, pipette, medicine syringe to make marks of different shapes and sizes. Knowing that your picture won’t last forever is part of the fun but also helps children develop resilience as it dries up. Get creative!