Fun activities for home
Out ‘n’ About:
Number Plate Recognition: When out walking you can look at different cars number plates. This will support your child’s number and letter recognition.
Food Shop: Children love responsibility so why not get them to write a shopping list with you. Then pop to the supermarket and ask them to count out the fruit and vegetables you need etc.
Shopping: When paying with money, ask your child to help. Talk to them about the coins you need or the numbers on the notes. Great for an introduction into basic money!
Road Sign Hunt: On walks and adventures, have a game of who can spot the most road signs. You could discuss what they mean and look at what shapes the signs are. This supports children’s understanding of their local environment and shape recognition.
Car Karaoke: Not only does singing make you feel great but can also support children’s rhythm and rhyme. Both are important skills to support their early reading development. So why not have some fun and get belting out those favourite tunes and nursery rhymes!
Marshmallow Gloop: Want to be like Spiderman… well put marshmallows and washing up liquid into a glass bowl. Place in the microwave for 30 secs a time until the ingredients are combined and you have stretchy gloop. Allow to cool for a minute and then let the play and fun commence!
Cooking: Baking and cooking provide excellent opportunities to support children’s mathematical development. You can explore weights, quantities, measurements, time and number recognition.
Story Time!: Reading stories together not only provides you with quality time but supports your child’s reading and literacy development. If you can spend just 10 minutes a day reading to your child you can make a huge difference on their development and learning! During the story you can ask your child to predict what they think might happen and discuss how the characters might be feeling. It also provides a great opportunity for them to recall key points in the story, therefore building up memory skills. For more information on the importance of books and storytelling in the early years plus resources check out the National Literacy Trust