These are some ideas to support your child's learning at home.
You do not need to do everything suggested but pick and choose areas that your child is interested in. Or pick a area that your child may find a challenge!
Share a book with someone in your family. It can be your own story book or the book from the library.
Talk about the blurb on the back of the book, the illustrator and the author.
Share a book with a someone in your household and talk about how you could make your own ending to the story.
Talk about your favourite story that you have read at schoole.g. Monkey Puzzle, We’re going on a bear hunt, Oliver’s vegetables, Peace at last, Whatever next… Why did you like the book?
Share a book with your family – talk about why you like the story.
Draw your favourite part of the story using the paper and pencils
Walking around you house, see how many different shapes you can see, ie. Clock – circle, windows – square/rectangular, dinner plates, circles…
Draw a shape picture of the shapes you have found
Name the shapes that you have used
Sing some number songs with your family. You can find these on Youtube.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 once I caught a fish alive…
10 little numbers…
There were 10 in the bed…
Five little monkey’s jumping on the bed
Help to lay the table for dinner. How many forks, knives, spoons do you need altogether for your family?
Can you help to clear the table, naming the different items as you clear them away, ie. Salt, pepper, plate, mug…
With your parents, can you cut up some fruit or vegetables to make a fruit salad or salad to eat together? Talk about the different textures of the food and describe how they taste?
Help your parents to put the washing into the machine. Name the different clothing items as you put them in.
When the washing is finished, help to peg them on a line to dry. Can you make a pattern using the items of clothing, ie, sock, vest, sock, vest…
Adult supervision required to make these recipes
No-cook Play Dough
1 1/2 cups boiling water (add food colouring/fruit tea bags/cocoa to water if using)
2 cups plain flour
1 cup salt
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp cream of tartar
Stir together in a large bowl then play
Salt Dough (for ornaments)
1 cup water
2 cups plain flour
2 cups salt
Bake at Gas 1/2 / 120C / 250F for 2—3 hours to harden, then paint and varnish.
5 cups plain flour
1 cup baby oil
Glitter – optional
Food colouring – optional
Flavouring or scented
oil – optional
Stir oil into flour and add glitter and/or food colouring if wished. Add flavouring or scented oil for additional sensory exploration.
Sensitive Skin Play dough (for children with eczema)
1 cup corn flour
5 tbsp emollient cream (aqueous)
Few drops gel food colouring – optional
½ cup plain flour
2 cups cold water
2 cups boiling water
3 tbsp sugar
Mix flour and cold water in a bowl and add to the boiling water and bring back to the boil. (An adult must do this)
Remove from heat and stir in the sugar. Leave to cool.
Children can tear narrow strips of newspaper for rounded shapes and larger strips for flat surfaces. Spread Vaseline over mould before placing strips on. Dip strips into the paste until coated completely, then pull through your thumb and finger to squeeze out any excess paste and drape over mould, overlapping as you go.