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Fun Challenges for Home

We hope that you are staying safe at home. Here are some fun activities that you can do whilst staying at home. These activities will promote skills that are part of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. So enjoy the activities, have fun and learn some important skills at the same time!


Activity One: Construction Challenge.

Can you design, adapt and improve on making a model. This can be made from toys such as Lego and wooden blocks or from household items like plastic cups and kitchen rolls. When constructing your model think about how it can be improved. You may like to mix different toys and materials together to create your desired effect. How many different types of models can you build? How tall can you build a tower before it falls down? Here are some examples to support your ideas but remember to use your imagination too.

Activity Two: Creating Natural Pictures and Patterns

Can you design, adapt and improve on making a picture or pattern using natural resources in the environment. You can collect resources during a walk as part of your daily exercise. These resources may include stones and pebbles, sticks, shells, leaves and petals. Your children studied Andy Goldsworthy at school so will already have some experience and ideas about creating patterns in imaginative ways. Here are some examples to support your ideas and remember be imaginative and creative. 

Activity Three: Play Dough Sculpture Challenge

Making home made play dough has already been part of your home learning pack so you may already be an expert on making your own play dough. Make some play dough and then use it to design, adapt and improve on making a sculpture of your choice. How many different sculptures can you make?What other resources can you use to add to your sculpture to enhance it? Can you change the color of the play dough to support the overall design?

     Activity Four: Freezing and defrosting Science Investigation

With the lovely sunshine that we have been having lately this is a great activity to learn about freezing and melting whilst keeping cool at the same time. You can use ice cube trays, balloons, plastic gloves and any sized empty containers to place in the freezer to freeze the water. You can also place items inside the ice such as small toys and petals so that it makes it more exciting to watch the ice melt before you can retrieve the items inside. Here are some examples to help.

Activity Five: Growing challenge

You can grow anything you like. Think about what a seed needs in order to grow and survive. You can also measure how tall your plant grows using standard forms of measurement like a tape measure or non-standard forms such as how many cubes tall. Here are some examples to give you some different ideas. 


Activity Six: Cooking Challenge

Whilst we are at home i'm sure that we are all more aware of what we are eating and how much we are eating.  Make some different types of food that would be good for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and for snacks. You may like to talk about healthy eating and what different types of food we eat. There are lots of different ideas for cooking that do not involve using heat if you are not comfortable with using particular kitchen appliances with your children. Remember to be safe in the kitchen. This is a great opportunity to talk to your children about safety at home. 

Activity Seven: Read and respond to a Story

Read the story of 'The Gingerbread man' or listen to it online. Discuss the setting (where the story takes place), who the characters are, the plot (what the characters do in the story), how the characters might feel at particular part in the story and invent an alternative ending if you could change how the story ends. Then draw a picture in response to the story such as the setting and characters. You may like to write and draw your alternative ending. Also you may like to make something that links to the story such as make a bridge for the Gingerbread man to cross the river.

You can repeat the same ideas with the story 'The Three Little Pigs'. You could try and make the characters to role play with or you may like to build houses for the pigs to keep safe from the big, bad wolf. 

Activity Eight: Phonics Challenge

It is important that you continue to identify sounds and practice the skills of blending and segmenting. There are so many different ways that you can do this whilst also making it fun. Here are some ideas that you can use and adapt at home. Try and use as many different activities as you can. Missing sounds involves substituting different sounds to change the word. You can make real words and also have some fun making some nonsense words too. Bottle top sounds along with the ball and color chart sounds are an easy way to use resources that you may already have in your home. Again you can substitute different sounds to change the word, make words that rhyme or even make a short sentence with. 

Activity Nine: Staying Active this May

You may be doing Jo Wicks Live in the mornings to keep active, taking walks as part of your daily exercise or playing in the garden to keep active. Here is a staying active challenge that you may like to try with your family.

Activity Ten: Addition and Subtraction Challenge. 

It is important that you continue to practice counting, identifying numbers, adding and subtracting sets of objects. It can be as easy as counting the stairs or the peas on your plate. You can place numbers around the house to identify or play a matching number game. Here are some ideas that can support addition and subtraction at home.