Seasons and Weather
Below we have provided some activities linked in with the theme of our story of the week ‘Seasons and weather’, this story will run from 4thMay – 15thMay. We hope you enjoy completing them at home.
Song of the week: The sun has got his hat on.
Words of the week: Raining and Sunshine.
Personal, Social and Emotional
1. Making Ice-lollies:
Encourage your child to take turns and make your own ice-lollies using juice and moulds. Take turns in pouring juice or allowing your child to help pour it into the moulds, then sharing the job of putting ice-lolly sticks into them then place them in the freezer. It has been lovely weather to enjoy them in the sun once they are set.
2. Animal masks:
Using paper plates or animal face templates (can be printed from google images) create different animal masks. Give your child a choice of animal and let them colour, paint or collage the mask before you cut it out. Talk about the animals features with your child as they make them, 2 eyes, 1 mouth, 1 nose, the animal may have a beak, etc.
3. Story emotions:
Reading through our story of the week or watching an interactive version on youtube have a little look at the children’s expressions. Buttercups were beginning to show an awareness and interest in others’ feelings. Try and encourage them to see if the children in the book are happy, sad, excited to introduce some emotions.
Communication and Language
Weather cards can be found on twinkl or on google images and can be accessed to print or could be used online. Use the weather cards to show your child what each of the weather types are called getting your child to repeat the names after you encouraging use of new words. Use the cards and ask your child to identify a picture, for example ‘Can you find the sun?’. You could also use the cards to display what the weather is like outside each day.
2. Water/Sand play:
Using different toys available around your house add them to the water or sand and have some fun. Boats and animals in the water is always a favourite in buttercups. Encourage your child to speak about what toys they can see or what they are doing. Get your child to fill a bucket with sand or water and ask if it is full yet.
3. Picnic preparation:
Buttercups love to help and see ‘jobs’ being done. Let your child be involved with identifying what some of the children are eating in the book for their picnic and recreate your own making sandwiches together or other snacks. Have a little picnic together in your garden or in your living room with the food you have made.
1. Mark making:
Big and small movements help to form gross and fine motor skills, using damp sand, paint or even mark making with crayons get your child to create their own patterns and marks. If you are using sand or paint encourage your child to use their hand or finger to make marks as well as a brush or stick.
2. Sensory play:
Buttercups love to get messy through sensory and creative play. Cook some spaghetti and section it into separate piles, use different food colouring for each pile to create blue spaghetti, green spaghetti, red spaghetti and maybe just natural spaghetti. Allow your child to explore the different colours and get involved in seeing what it feels like. Encourage your child to talk about what it feels like, what they can see or even taste.
Bring a PE session to your home, using youtube search ‘cosmic kids summer yoga’, there are lots of options to choose from. Join in with your child and encourage them to copy the actions they can see, this encourages your child to move in different or new ways.
1. Exploring size:
Within the book in springtime lots of baby animals are shown as well as flowers and insects. Using toy animals (baby and adult if you have them) or looking at the flowers in your garden or community, try introducing new concepts and have a look at which are big and which are small, or which are tall and which are short.
Using our story of the week (the book can be accessed interactively on youtube if you do not have a copy), try practising numbers with your child. Counting yourself, asking your child to count or counting together use different objects/animals in the story and see how many there are. For example, “There is one, two, three ducks”, “shall we count the shells”.
3. Building blocks:
Buttercups love to use duplo and wooden blocks to balance them and create simple structures. Experiment with some building blocks seeing if you could make a ‘sandcastle’ or a beach hut.
Understanding the World
1. Nature walk:
Try and experience different types of weather where possible playing out in the garden or on a daily walk, encourage your child to explore some of the changes which you come across (Puddles, trees blowing in the wind, rainbows).
2. Nature hunt:
Either in your garden or out on a daily walk collect different items you can find for example, leaves, sticks, stones, bark etc. These items will be used for activity 2 within the expressive arts and design section.
Get your child involved in the outdoors with you either doing some gardening, sweeping leaves/gravel, watering plants, helping to do some planting. Talk about the experiences and encourage new language.
Expressive Arts and Design
1. Make your own kite:
If you have some card around your home cut it into a diamond, using different resources you may have (coloured paper, eyes, cotton wool, sequins, paint, pom poms) get your child to decorate the diamond and add some string.
2. Nature crafting:
It’s time to get creative! Using the items collected on a nature hunt allow your child to explore and create their own pictures with what is available. Painting with leaves and sticks is very effective and something our buttercups love to be involved with. Gluing and sticking is another favourite, you could make a nature collage with painted leaves and sticks, or could design a stone with paint and resources you have available around your home.
3. Weather sensory bottles:
Collect different shaped/sized bottles that are finished with in your home and put them to use in making sensory bottles. Buttercups love exploring what is inside our sensory bottles at nursery so would love to be apart of making their own. You could make themed bottles for the weather using cotton wool inside one for clouds, yellow pom poms for sun or yellow food colouring. It is a chance for them to use their imaginations and add different resources to test their own ideas.
1. Interactive story:
You can access different versions of this book being read on youtube if you don’t have a copy of the book or were looking for a new way of reading it.
2. Story time with props:
Using the weather cards from the previous activity within communication and language (activity 1), attach them to lollypop sticks or straws and use them within reading the story. You could allow your child to find the weather prop or use them all. You could create different props from the story too, Bunnies, ducks, seagulls.
3. Super sound activity:
Find some objects which appear in the story; toy animals, shells, bucket, spade, boat, hat, etc. Use these objects and allow your child to identify each of the objects and begin to introduce the sound of the item. For example, ‘s’ for spade, ‘b’ for bucket.