Children explore how things fit and connect together from a very young age. You might see this when your child tries to slot the car keys into different locks around the house or when they pull everything out of the cupboard and try and fit it back in.
Concepts of pictures, Language development, Patterns, Planning, Position, Problem solving, Questioning, Shapes, Sorting and grouping, Spatial awareness
Eating out at a cafe or a restaurant is an opportunity to talk and sit together as a family.
You can explore all the different types of writing and print you can see around the restaurant. Do they have a menu on the table? Is there a long list on the wall that shows the food you can order? Where else can you see words and print?
The label on the water bottle has writing and words.
What do you think the words and numbers on the door say?
Cafe, Indoor, Outdoor
Concepts of pictures, Concepts of print, Division, Language development, Reading, Sorting and grouping
Spring is nearly here and September is show month.
Explore with your child all the different types of shows that are held. Explain that there are country shows and big city shows. Talk to your child about what they might see at a small local show compared to a big city show.
If you are going to go to the show with your child make a plan of what you want to see, do and eat before you go.
Concepts of pictures, Concepts of print, Language development, Planning
We often send cards to family and friends at Christmas time. Instead of buying cards this year you could ask your child to help you make some.
Talk with your child about the different types of cards you can get and what they are used for. There are table cards that help people to know where to sit, cards that are tags for presents and cards to write in. What kind of cards will you make?
We need to make cards to label the presents, and cards to send to Nana and Papa in England.
Concepts of pictures, Concepts of print, Creativity, Language development
Drawing and writing doesn’t just happen inside. Outside can be a great place to draw and write too.
Give your child some chalk to draw with when they are outside. They could draw on cement, walls or fences. When your child is drawing or writing outside they are able to make very big pictures or letters.
Can you draw a big picture of yourself? Is it bigger than you?
How big can you write your name?
Encourage your child to experiment with mixing the chalk colours together.
Concepts of pictures, Concepts of print, Motor skills
Painting is a wonderful activity that can be enjoyed inside and outside and does not always need to include paint. On a hot day painting could be a bucket of water and a paint brush, making designs and swirls on the path, watching to see how quickly the hot sun makes the water disappear.
Shaving cream is another wonderful substitute for paint. Your child can spread and move the shaving cream across the table with their hands and fingers. Encourage them to smooth the shaving cream out flat and draw pictures in the flat surface with their fingers.
Concepts of pictures, Creativity, Motor skills, Patterns, Vocabulary