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Pictures sent in from home:

Maurel has been busy playing with his sand tray, it looks like he is having lots of fun!

Thank you to Maurel's mum who sent in these pictures, it is so lovely to see what activities you are doing at home! I would love to see some more children doing some activities too!

Week 5

(Week Beginning 18th May)

This week you should receive a new pack, either in the post or to be collected from school. At the front of the pack, there is a list of everything that is included in the pack and ideas of how you can use the resources. You can use the Velcro provided in the pack to create more food pictures for the snack board that was in the first pack.

Magic Bag

Sing the magic bag song to your child, then encourage them to choose an item from the bag. Encourage your child to name the object. Sing the corresponding song to the item that has been picked out of the bag. Try to encourage your child to sing, say some words from the rhyme, or do some actions from the songs!

Watch Miss O'Connor sing magic bag on the 'Songs and Videos' page!


This week, choose from the following activities to do with your child:

  • Watch Miss O’Connor sing ‘silly soup’. You can also do this at home with your child – you will need a mixing bowl, spoon and different items that you want your child to name. (I am using animals).
  • If you have access to a printer, you can print out the animal flashcards again from the document below or you could photocopy the flashcards. If you have not got access to a printer, you could draw pictures of animals for your child. Then, with the flashcards, encourage your child to make matching pairs of each animal using the two sets of flashcards. Encourage your child to name the animals/make the sound that the animal makes.
  • Using pictures of animals (drawn or printed), cut these pictures in half. Show your child how to match each animal together then encourage your child to have a go. Can they name the animal?
  • Watch these animal nursery rhymes and songs on YouTube.

Snack Time

Encourage your child to ask for their snack using either words, sounds and/or gestures and to sit down whilst they eat. (Snack board in pack provided is optional although this is what is used at school). At school, we also encourage children to sign/say ‘please’.

Number Activity/Song

Choose from the following activities to do with your child:

  • Make a number line 1-5, 1-10 or 1-20 (depending on the amount of numbers your child recognises). Leave some numbers missing and write the missing numbers on pegs. Count on the number line with your child and when you come to a missing number, ask your child to find the missing number on the pegs. Then, encourage them to peg the correct number into the space.
  • Using the number flashcards from your pack, arrange some of these out on the floor. Give your child a fly swatter (if you have one) or you could use a wooden spoon/spatula/stick. Tell them a number and see if they can find it on the floor and hit it with the spoon/fly swatter. (You may want to start with 2 or 3 numbers first and build up to more/bigger numbers).
  • Use the number flashcards from your pack and put them inside a bowl of a fun sensory material. (You could use shaving foam, jelly, oats, soil, sand…) Encourage your child to pick out numbers, or they could use a spoon/cup/bowl to scoop the numbers out. When they pick out a number, do they recognise it? Can they say the numbers name?
  • Using the playdough from your pack (or make your own following the instructions on the YouTube video below), shape the playdough to make numbers. You could show your child how to do this or put your hands over their hands to show them how to mould and shape the playdough. You could also roll the playdough out flat and use a tool/pencil/stick to write numbers in the playdough.



Have a go at making your own scented play dough this week! Watch this YouTube video showing you how to make it:

You will need:

1 cup of flour

¼ cup of salt

1 tablespoon of cream of tartar

1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

Food colouring

Essential oils (to create the scent)

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