Pre-School Room

Pre-School Room

Vehicle Literacy

This is a fun and simple activity to induction early literacy, by using a piece of cardboard and sticky tape. Children can develop an understanding of the letters within their names and the sounds they make.

Potential Pedagogy of Pegs

Pegs offer many great learning opportunities for our children, in this video Ben demonstrates just some of the ways that they support young children’s muscle development, pincer grasp, hand-eye coordination as well as how to use them to teach children addition, subtraction and sound recognition and blending.

Yoghurt Pot Cress

Recycling a yoghurt pot, place some damp tissue into the pot and scatter the cress seeds. There are many learning opportunities from this experience from gaining a greater understanding of life cycles to mathematical concepts, by observing and documenting the growth of the cress.

Half Portraits

This is a great art activity that supports your child to really focus their observation skills. You can use a picture of themselves to do a self-portrait or look through old magazines and newspapers for celebrity faces to try. (you can use the other half to make this a shared activity) Try to focus your child’s thinking by talking about facial features, their shapes, position on the face and relative size to each other.

    All you need:
  • •An old photo, magazine or newspaper
  • •A blank piece of paper
  • •Glue or tape
  • •Scissors Pencils, pens, crayons or paints

Building Models

Resources:

  • Wooden Blocks
How to do this activity:
  • You can demonstrate and ask your child to build a tower with a certain number or shaped (triangle, cylinder, square, rectangle) of blocks such as “Can you build a tower with 7 blocks?” or “Can you build a tower with the cylinder blocks?”
Learning:
    This will help your child to recognise and name different 3D shapes and to count and to match individual numbers and quantities. This activity will also help your child to learn to arrange shapes to build models.

Teach Your Monster to Read

Teach your monster to read is a really fun and well-structured interactive learning site, It has won many awards and will support your child to recognise and sound letters. You will need to register your email as a parent, but then the whole program is free for your children to work through, explore and learn.

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Threading Shapes

Resources:

  • Cut out paper shapes
  • Use a hole puncher to create the holes
  • Shoes laces/thread
    • How to do this activity:
    • 1. Encourage your child to thread around the shape with their shoe lace
    • 2. Then helping your child to discuss what shapes they are threading e.g. square, triangle, circle etc
      • Learning:
          Children will learn to form shapes when drawing. and learn the names of each shape. They will also develop their fine motor skills by threading the shapes.

    Cauliflower Rainbow Pizza

    Method:

    • 1. Pre heat oven to 220C / 425F / Gas 7 and line a baking sheet with baking paper.
    • 2. Chop the cauliflower head into florets and add to the food processor. Pulse until you achieve a rice/couscous consistency. (Alternatively, grate the cauliflower)
    • 3. Place the pulsed cauliflower in a large bowl, cover, and microwave for 7 minutes. Allow to cool.
    • 4. Add the cheese, eggs, and herbs to the cauliflower and mix until combined.
    • 5. Using a presentation ring/mould of desired size form mini pizza bases (If you do not have a ring/ mould then you can free form them by making balls and patting them down.
    • 6. Bake for 15 mins until golden brown.
    • 7. Top each base with pizza sauce and desired toppings.
    • 8. Bake for a further 5-10 mins until the cheese is melted and toppings slightly.