Parent Letter, Easter fun April 2020

Hello Everyone – I am so sad that we did not get a chance to set up any egg hunts in the orchard, etc. However, here are some activities to try at home over the Easter break. I will be back in a couple of weeks. Happy Easter!

Physical Development/Communication and Language:
Go for a walk. Help children to find a small to medium sized stick, plus items of“treasure” along the walk such as dried leaves, fir cones, feathers, stones. At home, help them to talk about their walk, tying the treasure onto the stick in the order they were found. Alternatively, give each child a piece of string to tie their treasure onto during the walk, then revisit the walk back at home by following the string.

Literacy:
Put up three pieces of paper on which you have drawn an egg, a bunny and a chick. 2s – 3s: Can your child think of a song or a nursery rhyme for each image? 3s – 4s: See how many words the family can add to each sheet that rhyme with the image.

Mathematics:
Potato print eggs – cut potatoes in half, dry cut surface. Invite children to add paint with a brush or dip cut surface into a container of paint before pressing onto paper. Use to make Easter cards.
3s – 4s: When dry, help child to cut out and number the eggs 0 – 5, 10 or 20. Ask child to arrange eggs in numerical order before threading onto string to make Easter bunting. Keep to practice counting/numeral recognition.

Pre-school children:
Draw five, ten or 20 circles on a piece of paper (this is where a roll of lining paper comes in handy!) and put different coloured paints in shallow trays. Ask child to choose a number between 1 and 20, then to dip a finger into the paint and add that many petals to one of the circles, making a flower. Count the petals to check how many there are, then write that numeral in the middle of the circle. Ask child to try and copy. Choose another number and do the same to another circle.

Understanding the World:
Ice eggs: partially inflate balloon, add small figures such as fluffy chicks, wrapped mini eggs or dinosaurs, fill with water and freeze. Put out for children to investigate with tools such as spoons, hammers plus a bottle or jug of warm water and some table salt (to see what happens when either of these are poured or sprinkled on the ice).
3s – 4s: Put eggs in different places and check every ten minutes. Does one melt faster than the rest? Can child say why this might be?

Expressive Arts and Design:
Mini gardens: provide shallow baking tins, plastic containers (i.e. take-away containers). Help children to fill with earth or compost. Encourage them to explore the garden to find different shaped leaves, different coloured blossom or stones, etc. to create a miniature garden.
3s – 4s: Encourage child to make up a story about who lives in the garden.

Here are some more ideas or useful websites that have been popped up in my in-box:https://www.hope-education.co.uk/blog/smarter-activities-crafts/easter- hatching-chick-craft/

https://www.hope-education.co.uk/blog/smarter-activities-crafts/easter- paper-plate-bunny-mask-craft/

Hungry Little Minds (https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/#2) is a government created website to support parents during the lockdown. It features advice, ideas and activities for different age groups, such as 0 -12 months, 2 – 3 and 3 - 5 years, etc.

Don’t forget to load photos of the children’s work on their Tapestry pages, or share ideas on the playgroup’s Facebook page!

Dates for your diary

Uley Easter Bunny Hunt CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

 

Every year we ask our parents for feedback on a variety of measures, including communication. In line with our feedback from the last academic year, we're endeavouring to improve the transparency between home and playgroup so that you can keep track of your child's learning and sensory experiences.

Each week we now make our playgroup planning available to parents and carers. As well as receiving an email notification, the information is updated on the website, the FaceBook page, and our secret group for current parents and carers. We hope this will help you to enrich your child's learning at home!

 

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