Spot’s first Easter
Below are some activities which link to our story of the week Spot’s first Easter, this story will commence from 6thApril – 17thApril. We hope you enjoy recreating some of these at home with your children.
Song of the week: Twinkle, Twinkle little star.
Words of the week: Easter (week 1) and Rabbit (week 2).
Personal, Social and Emotional
1. Easter baking:
Nest crispy cakes, are lovely to make at this time of year using shredded wheat and melted chocolate to create a birds nest look, finished off with mini eggs for decoration. During this activity be sure to encourage turn taking and each play a part in baking. For example, both yourself and your child breaking up some chocolate into a bowl or crumbling the shredded wheat, each of you taking a turn in mixing the ingredients.
2. Paper plate animals:
Using resources from around your house have a go at making animal faces. For example egg cartons cut up for eyes or a nose, empty boxes cut into the shape of bunny ears or cotton wool for Rabbit fur. It’s a chance for your child to explore, make believe and use representation. Within this activity talk about your own facial features, possibly using mirrors so your child can identify their own and place the features onto the animals.
Buttercups are becoming brilliant at tidying; during each of the activities and play your child takes part in try encouraging them to help in tidying up alongside you.
Communication and Language
1. Story of the week:
Spend some time reading our story of the week with your child, children learn from repetition. Question your child throughout the story, whether it’s asking them to identify objects/animals/characters or what their ideas of what might happen.
2. Introducing new words:
Whether it is words within our story of the week or words that are brought into activities you are doing with your child encourage them to repeat them after you and use them in conversation.
3. Story time with props:
Involve your child in story time by using props as you read, get your child to hold a prop and recreate different actions or encourage them to imitate ones created by you. The props used within the story could also being created by you and your child.
Allow your child space where possible to recreate different moves to some music or rhymes. The moves can be copied from our story, for example hopping like the Easter bunny, jumping (to reach the eggs), crawling (under the table to find eggs), tip-toeing (to find the eggs).
Using play dough (you can find a play dough recipe online if you have none which could be made with you and your child) trying and encourage different movements to promote fine motor skills. You could roll the play dough to make little Easter eggs, or play dough cutters to push into the play dough and create different shapes or animals.
3. Trying new tastes and textures:
Encourage your child to try any new food which is shared over Easter in your family, for example hot cross buns. Allowing your child to try new foods will urge your child to talk about it and develop their own likes and dislikes.
Understanding the world
1. Easter egg hunt:
If you have a garden or a yard, indoors will work if not, hide some eggs around the area for your child to explore as they hunt for different eggs around. This activity could be extended further using the eggs your child has found to count them.
2. Making cress Heads:
Collect an empty eggshell or a yoghurt pot from your home, allow your child with your help to, decorate it either creating a face or colouring it. Wet a piece of cotton wool place some cress seeds onto it pressing them down and placing it into the shell or pot. Place the shell or yoghurt pot into the sun or a warm spot and watch the cress grow. Full instructions can be found online if needed.
3. Looking for changes:
Spend some time with your child getting some fresh air on a little nature walk either around the garden or out in the streets. Allow your child to explore and look at flowers or trees and the changes which happen in spring.
1. Super sound game:
Have a little look for objects around your home which link to Easter or can be found in our story. Hide these objects in a basket revealing them one at a time giving your child a chance to see the object and learn/repeat the name and the sound, for example R for rabbit, E for egg. Lay the objects out and ask your child to identify and hand each to you (Where’s the Egg? Can I have it?).
2. Song time:
Sleeping bunnies is a favourite of Buttercups and themed to our story as well as humpty dumpty, little Peter Rabbit, hot cross buns. You could also adapt familiar rhymes, for example 5 little chicks.
3. Interactive story:
Spot’s first Easter can be found on youtube if you don’t have the story in your home you can always refer to the interactive story, it is a different experience of story time for your child.
Using Easter chicks, bunnies or eggs practice touch counting with your child, start with 1-3 and build up the numbers to challenge your child by adding an object.
2. Water/Sand Play:
Buttercups love playing in the water and sand filling and emptying buckets and containers. Add Easter themed toys into the sand or water to join in the fun.
Using chicks, eggs and bunnies ask your child to identify one of each, ask your child to find another of that object it and place it with the other same object they’ve just chosen finishing with a group of each.
Expressive Arts and Design
1. Designing eggs:
Using hard boiled eggs or printed out colouring sheets of eggs, let your child get creative in painting or colouring their own.
2. Handprint/footprint animals:
Buttercups love painting with their hands and feet, why not try out creating an Easter bunny or chick using body parts. Perfect for an Easter card design or as a keepsake.
3. Easter Bonnets:
Either using a band of paper or a hat decorate it with your child with little chicks, shredded paper, polystyrene eggs, feathers, pom poms. A time to get creative!