As more people are self-isolating and schools and childcare settings across the world are closing, we thought we would contribute to easing the burden by providing another place you can direct parent’s /carers to for support.
We are part of a wonderful, international community of Early Years practitioners who have a wealth of knowledge and a HUGE bank of ideas and activities.
So, let’s gather together and share them!
As a starting point I am going to use my blog to share activities that can fairly easily be done at home. I’ll gather a collection of ideas each week and post them on the website – with links from social media.
If you would like to contribute please email me your activity ideas to email@example.com
All you need to do is send me the information and a photograph and I will do the rest.
Here’s an example with good old playdough.
Here are some guidelines we thought would be useful:
Divide your idea/activity in to 3 sections
- Photo (attach it to your email as a jpeg)
- What you’ll need – full list of resources/ingredients
- What to do – step by step instructions (keep them simple)
Don’t forget to give your activity/idea a title!
You can also add any other info you think might be useful
Try to suggest indoor and outdoor activities for all ages of Early Years children using items most people would already have at home.
If everyone shared just one activity – what an amazing bank of resources and ideas that would be!
Looking forward to seeing what we can create!
are these ideas still available please as we go into yet another lockdown!
Hi Alistair, I am i am messaging you from the Nederland, we have just gone back into full lockdown. I have heard very good things about the ‘home learning activities’ you have put together. Please could I ask where I can find them to use with my nursery class?
How can I access the ideas?
Hi Jen – Just click the ‘home learning’ button at the top of the website and you will find them there.
looking for activity ideas.
Hi Alistair, hope you’re staying safe! We are currently looking after some critical care workers children in our setting, and thought we would let you know how we were keeping busy 😃. We have just emailed you our light box, 🤞you receive it ok and are able to share with others 😃, Deborah and Lynn
Your post was sent from Israel having been sent there from here… wonderful. Perhaps your ideas could amuse the locked-down 70+ brigade…. many need to step outside their own minds, even if stepping outside their homes is disallowed. Just a thought. Have fun and keep healthy,
I am a licensed school adjustment counselor in an elementary school in Ma. We are out of school until the first week of May. I believe it may be longer. Any resources that can assist my students and their families in remote learning (social/emotional needs), will be helpful for them and beneficial to my work.
Please and thank you!
Great to hear from you Laurie. I will keep uploading activities for as long as I can. If you have got any that you would like to share around the work that you do then send them over to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is some lovely ideas
Great game for the kids
Counting 2s using clothes. There are loads of things in their clothes cupboard that children can use to collect and then use to practise counting in twos. Socks, shoes, wellies, gloves. They could use pairs of animals (think Noah’s Ark!) or other toys that have identical multiples.
I’m a teacher and is planning from home. Need some inspiration.
Making a scrap book
It can be a variety of things, one page could be how many numbers you can find in an old paper, magazine or food wrappers and boxes.
Next it could be some different leaves you find in the garden, google the types of trees and add some labels on there.
Letter hunt – for all different abilities. From finding letters from their name to building words using newspapers, wrappers and magazines.
Drawing pictures of family and friends, explore differences and talk about height, hair, features.
Collage of different materials around the house, you can use anything. Lots of different wrappers are a variety of materials. Old clothes could be cut and used.
Your favourite story character.
Your favourite dinner.
Your favourite TV program.
You can draw, wrote and learn together.
Anything you do can be a learning if you add a little extra fun!
Thanks for the idea Lisa!
Bath Time Writing!
Give the child a scrubbing brush (or two) and some shower gel at bath time. Get them to scrub the tiles to make foam then mark make with their fingers.
Outdoor scavenger hunt. Attach double sided tape to a strip of card. Collect things outdoors and stick them on to the tape. These can be random or around a theme like perhaps signs of spring, all about green, I can find a rainbow etc. If they are not too bumpy the finished strip can be laminated.
Use recycled plastic containers such as yoghurt pots, varying sizes of milk bottles, etc with a pan for an exploration of capacity at the kitchen sink. Add food colouring if you have any. Ask your child, how many pots it takes to fill the pan? talk about full, half full, empty. If you have plastic tea set, use this to find out how many cups you can fill with the teapot.
Thanks for the idea Caroline!
Find pairs of household objects that make a noise-eg pans and wooden spoons, shake a bunch of keys, scrunch a crisp packet, shake rice in a jar etc
Hide one set of objects behind the sofa and put the other in front of you.
Ask your child to sit with the hidden objects
You make a sound, can your child make the same sound. If you play an rhythm can they copy it?
Have fun together and make a band!
No cook playdough:
2 cups of flour
2 tablespoons oil
Half cup of salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
One and a half cups of boiling water
Or make salt dough:
1 cup of plain flour
Half cup of salt
Half a cup of water
Make whatever you want. Cook on lowest heat for 3 hours, on a baking sheet. Then paint.
Thank you Liz, much appreciated.
Make homemade musical instruments with recycled household items
Will need to sone for home made ear plugs too!
Play I Spy with my little eye
Put a wash on:
Colour sorting the washing and count the items as you throw them into the machine.
Measure washing powder / what can we smell (conditioner and washing powder).
Set the machine and watch it whirl around.
Hang out the washing, talking about water potential and importance of spreading them out.
How does it it smell?
Match together the socks. Learn to fold.
Simple and helpful 😉
Thank you Miss W
Outdoor colour hunt
Give your child a piece of paper with all colours on. You could colour colour splats on the paper using crayons.
Go on a hunt outside drawing and sticking things to the paper that match the colours.
Lots of talk afterwards about what they found and shades etc. Then maybe move onto some colour mixing.
Thanks for the idea Lisa!
Re tell a traditional tale acting it out using toys.
For example, The three little pigs with Lego, Goldilocks and the Three Bears with soft toys.
Make a poster or sell tickets to come and watch.
Film it on a device and share with school after.
Thank you for your idea Olivia.
You will need:
Store cupboard food items
Money or create paper money
Get some food and other items out of the cupboard and set up a shop in your living room. Together, you and your child can price each item using paper tags (numbers to 20 or beyond.) You can take it in turns to buy items from the shop, adding the numbers together to get the total. You could model writing a receipt for the items. Pay with either real money or make your own paper coins.
You could also use this as an opportunity to talk about healthy eating too!
Unfortunately I don’t have a photo for this.
Thanks for the idea Emily, don’t worry about the photo – I am sure I can find one that will work!
An indoor 2d shape hunt
Thanks for the idea Gaynor