Theme – Swing into Spring
Spring is the ideal season in which to channel children’s energy and curiosity into investigations into their world. This week we will focus on the signs of Spring: weather changes, trees budding, birds nesting, baby animals being born and plants growing. You can encourage your children by asking them questions about the changes they notice.
Today, we would like you to practise writing some numbers. Have a go at writing the numbers 0-10.
Follow the link below for a YouTube video to help you form your numbers correctly:
Challenge - Can you write numbers up to 20?
Activity - Today we would like you to enjoy the Spring sunshine! Play with your favourite toys in your garden or outdoor space. Enjoy some outdoor play with your family. Remember to wear sun cream!
Other outdoor activity ideas:
- Take some ice cubes outside and watch them melt. How long does it take them to melt?
- Read a Spring story / one of your favourite stories outside.
- Paint / decorate stones or rocks.
- Make an outdoor den.
- Water the flowers in your garden.
Don’t forget to send us pictures of your super work or some of the fun things you have been getting up to at home!
We can’t wait to see them.
Have a lovely weekend! X
Today, we would like you to have a go at making your own playdough! Follow the recipe below:
Here are some playdough activity ideas:
- Explore colour mixing with playdough
- Use googly eyes and feathers to create playdough monsters
- Stick candles in for birthday cakes
- Poke in toothpicks to make porcupines and other prickly creatures
- Roll textured rolling pins in the playdough
- Make playdough pizza or cupcakes
- Make playdough snakes
Activity - Learn and sing some Spring rhymes! See if you can spot the rhyming words. (Remember, rhyming words are words that have the same sound).
Snow melts, streams flow,
Bears wake, plants grow,
Sap runs, birds sing,
I’m glad, it’s Spring!
(Grown ups, please explain that 'Bears wake' means bears return from hibernation. We learnt alot about this in Autumn 2).
Do You See a Sign of Spring? (Tune: “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”)
Do you see a sign of Spring,
A sign of Spring, a sign of Spring,
Do you see a sign of Spring,
Tell us what you see!
Sing some of your other favourite Nursery Rhymes:
- Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
- Humpty Dumpty
- Mary had a little lamb
- Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
- Miss Polly had a Dolly
- If You're Happy and You Know It
Now see if you can spot the rhyming words in these rhymes!
We know that in Spring, lots of baby animals are born. All baby animals have special names. Follow this link below to learn the special names for some baby animals. (Remember, if you are struggling to log in, please email us!)
- Which animal baby is your favourite?
- Do you know any more names for animal babies?
This morning we would like you to watch some ‘Alphablocks’ on Cbeebies.
Now sing our alphabet chant song that we sing at Nursery every day. (Grown ups can refer to the Alphabet Chant link on the ‘Everyday Activities’ section on the website – see above).
- What sounds do these letters make?
a s p m b g r
- Can you think of any words that begin with these sounds?
- Can you find any items in your house that begin with these sounds?
- Can you see these letters anywhere around your home? (For example, on food labels or home accessories).
- Practise writing these letters in your green workbook. (Grown ups please refer to the 'Alphabet Letter Cues' sheet to help your child form their letters correctly).
We know that in Spring, chicks are born!
Watch this YouTube video below of a baby chick hatching from an egg! Talk with your grown up about what is happening in the video as you watch it:
Some eggs have chicks inside and other eggs don't. These are the eggs that we can eat! If you have any eggs in your fridge, ask your grown up to make you a hard-boiled egg. Have a go at peeling the egg shell to practise your fine motor control.
Let’s start today off with some Yoga! Follow this link for a Cosmic Kids Easter Yoga session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASPnHl7kio4
(This video is quite long so do as much as you can!)
Practise the ‘Months of the Year’ song again. (See YouTube link from Monday.)
- Which month comes before April?
- Which month comes after April?
Activity – Take some pictures of the plants and flowers around your garden or local environment.
- What colours can you see?
- What types of flowers can you find? (Daisies, daffodils, sunflowers, tulips).
- Can you count how many flowers you can see?
- Which flowers/plants are tall and which are short?
Have a go at counting the flowers below. The red flowers are tulips and the yellow flowers are daffodils. (Remember to use your finger to touch count and say 1 number name for each flower):
- How many flowers are there altogether? Add the tulips and the daffodils together.
Activity - Create a picture of the plants and flowers that you found today. You could use pencil crayons, paint or collage materials to create your picture. When you have finished, ask you grown up to take a picture of your art work and send it to our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s start the week off with some exercise! Follow the ‘Joe Wicks PE Session’ on YouTube. This will be live at 9am on his YouTube channel.
The Spring months are: March, April and May. As we are now in the month April, we are in Spring! Watch this video on YouTube to learn the months of the year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5enDRrWyXaw
- What month is your birthday in?
Now, watch this video about Spring on Espresso, Discovery Education:
Click on ‘Log in’ in the top right-hand corner and enter the username and password that was sent to you via text message. If you are having trouble logging in or do not have the username or password, please email us.
After you have watched the video, we would like you to go out into your garden or local environment and look for some of the signs of Spring:
- What is the weather like?
- Can you see any birds nesting in the trees?
- Can you see any bumblebees?
- What is growing back on the trees?
- What flowers can you see?
Activity – In Spring, birds come back from their Winter homes. Chicks hatch from their eggs in their nests. We would like you to make your own nest for the chicks and birds. Collect resources from your garden or outdoor environment (such as twigs, sticks, stones, straw and grass) to create your nest. Don’t forget to send us some pictures!