Theme of the Week: Springtime

22/03/2020

We may be confined to home but that’s no reason to be bored, we have lots of activities to keep little ones entertained.

Each week we will upload an activity plan for pre-school and young primary school age children that will hopefully help parents pass the time and keep little ones engaged and learning.

1. Tracing, pre-writing skills
2. Squishy Bags
3. Make homemade peach and orange lollies
4. 5 Little ducks rhyme
5. 5 little ducks inspired activity
6. Little Bo Peep rhyme
7. Sheep inspired nursery rhymes
8. Spring Scavenger Hunt
9. Tracing and Colouring Activity
10. Cress Planting Activity

1. Trace along the broken lines to complete the Spring flowers, bumble bees, and garden snails.

To extend the child’s interest in the spring garden, talk a little walk into the garden and observe and discuss the variety of creatures that live there in Springtime.

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2. Sensory Squishy Bags

Squishy bags are perfect for sensory play without the mess.

They are cheap and easy to make, and your child will enjoy manipulating and playing with them.

The squishy bag is perfect for practicing letters, numbers, drawing pictures, shapes and words. Your child can practice hand and finger movements for pre-writing development on the squishy bag.

What you will need to make one squishy bag:

• Zip lock bags
• 1 cup of flour
• 6 tablespoons of water
• food colouring

Method:

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Step 6:

• Use your finger, soft paint brush or a cotton bud to write your letters, numbers and draw shapes.
• Explore the squishy bag for a sensory experience, watch what happens as you squeeze, squish and press
• Learn about cause and effect, one action creates another reaction.

3. Homemade Peach and Orange Lollies

It can be difficult to uphold healthy eating practices when at home all day. Here is an idea for a healthy treat with a fresh Spring taste.

Ingredients:

• 3 ripe peaches
• 300ml of fresh orange juice
• 1-2 tablespoons of icing sugar
• 4 heaped tablespoons of tinned fruit salad in natural juice, drained

Equipment:

• Small sharp knife- to be used by adult
• Slotted spoon
• 2 bowls
• Blender
• 4 ice lolly moulds
• Lolly pop sticks

Method:

• Remove skin from the peaches. (Parents can cheat by placing peaches in a bowl of boiling water for 30 seconds and removing with slotted spoon). This will make the skin come away much easier.
• Slice the fruit away from the stone and put it in the blender.
• Add the orange juice to the blender.
• Add 1 tablespoon of icing sugar.
• Blend the mixture until smooth and frothy.
• Add remaining icing sugar if necessary.
• Pour into the moulds until each mould is half full.
• Add some fruit salad mixture to each mould.
• Add a lolly pop stick to the mould and freeze for 6 hours.

ENJOY!

4. 5 Little ducks rhyme

5 Little ducks went out one day
Over the hills and far away
Mamma Duck said
“Quack Quack Quack Quack!”
And only 4 little ducks came swimming back.
1,2,3,4

4 Little ducks went out one day
Over the hills and far away
Mamma Duck said
“Quack Quack Quack Quack!”
And only 3 little ducks came swimming back.
1,2,3,

3 Little ducks went out one day
Over the hills and far away
Mamma Duck said
“Quack Quack Quack Quack!”
And only 2 little ducks came swimming back.
1,2

2 Little ducks went out one day
Over the hills and far away
Mamma Duck said
“Quack Quack Quack Quack!”
And only 1 little duck came swimming back.
1

1 Little duck went out one day
Over the hills and far away
Mamma Duck said
“Quack Quack, Quack Quack!”
And none of the five little ducks came back.

Sad mother duck went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
“Quack Quack Quack Quack!”
And all of the five little ducks came back

5. 5 little ducks inspired activity

What you need to create our lovely duckling

• 1 x paper plate
• 1 sheet of card
• Yellow paint
• Orange paint
• Scissors
• Glue or a stapler
• Googley eye

How To:

• Begin by painting the paper plate yellow
• If you really want to get creative add some feathers with glue
• Cut/fold the paper plate in half
• Cut the feet, head and beak out of card and paint yellow and orange
• Allow paint to dry
• Stick on eye
• Attach head and legs to body of duck

….Only 4 more to go!

6. Little Bo Peep rhyme

Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep,
And doesn’t know where to find them!
Leave them alone,
And they’ll come home,
Wagging their tails behind them.

Little Bo-Peep fell fast asleep,
And dreamt she heard them bleating!
But when she awoke, she found it a joke,
For they were still a-fleeting.

Then up she took her little crook,
Determined for to find them!
She found them indeed, but it made her heart bleed,
For they’d left their tails behind them.

7. Little Bo Peep Inspired craft:

What you need to create our Little Lamb

• Some cardboard (all the better if it is from a box that was going to be recycled)
• PVA (white) glue
• Black paper
• Googley Eyes
• Cotton wool

How To:

• Start by cutting out some basic cloud shapes in white card.
• Place the glue either with a glue spreader, paint brush or glue stick on the card.
• To create a fluffy lamb we use cotton wool balls applying them to the cloud shape.
• To finish off the lamb we add a head to each lamb, some googly eyes and some legs, cut from black paper/card and then let them dry.

8. Spring Scavenger Hunt:

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9. Tracing and Colouring Activity:

Trace the butterfly and flowers and colour in these colourful additions to your garden.

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10. Cress Heads:

Have fun with this easy indoor growing project and learning lots of fun facts about nature and science along the way!

How To:

• Fill up some containers with cotton wool balls and water them until they were damp (but not soaking wet.)
• Sprinkle lots of cress seeds into the container, onto the cotton wool.
• Place the containers near the window in the kitchen and add a small amount of water every other day, to keep the cotton wool damp.
• Decorate to your heart is content.
• You won’t have long to wait!
• Snip some cress sprouts and add to a yummy healthy salad.

Suggestions for conversation during activity:

• talk about growing from small to big, measure growth and height, make comparisons
• take care of another living thing, learn responsibility
• investigate how plants grow, grow plants from seed, learn that a plant needs light and water to grow