Friday, 22 May 2015

How to make a sensory sock snake.

We had lots of fun this morning making our sock sensory snake. It is a lovely simple craft for toddlers, preschool and older children to enjoy. We use cinnamon to add a scent to our snake but you could use lavender drops or any scent that your children like.

You could use plain socks and print on them with paint or use patterned socks. 

Toddler girl used a small 1/2 teaspoon scoop to put rice into the sock. We counted the scoops of rice as she put them in.

She then added a small scoop of cinnamon.

Once it was full we sewed the top up.Toddler girl helped pull the needle. Depending on the age and ability of your children would depend on how independent they were at sewing the snake.

Once the snake was sewn up toddler girl then stuck on two googly eyes and a felt tongue.

Toddler girl loves her little snake... and it smells lush :)

What did she learn.... EYFS learning goals:

 CLL (speaking) 30-50 mths
• Uses talk to connect ideas, explain what is happening and anticipate what might happen next, recall and relive past experiences.

Physical (movement and handling) 22-36mths
• Shows control in holding and using jugs to pour, hammers, books and mark-making tools.

Physical (movement and handling) 40-60mths
• Shows a preference for a dominant hand. 

Maths (numbers) 30-50mths
• Recites numbers in order to 10. 
• Realises not only objects, but anything can be counted, including steps, claps or jumps.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

EYFS themed activity ideas - Shapes

This list looks at different activities you could do with your children. There are thousands of other ideas on my 'shapes theme’ pinterest board, so please pop along and follow me. :)

All of the 'Shapes' activities have been grouped into the EYFS areas of learning that I feel they best fit into, but feel free to rearrange them to suit your planning.

Personal, social and emotional:

·        Cut food into shapes for snack and lunch.
·        Shape games with friends.
·        Shape placemats.
·        Shape name cards. – find friends who have the same shape.
·        Shape feeling faces.

Communication and language:

·        Make shape biscuits. Discuss what you are doing. Read out the recipe, name all the utensils and equipment used.
·        Encourage children to discuss which their favourite shape is, compare their answers with their friend choices.
·        Take it in turns to describe a shape to the group. Can the other children guess what shape they are describing?
·        Shape songs – there are lots of cute catchy shape songs on YouTube.
·        Taking it in turns to talk about our weekend, special news at circle time. Children learn that they can only speak when they are holding the shape of the day.
·        Sit on a shape to listen to story. Focusing on sitting still and listening.
·        Shape stories.
·        Create your own shape characters action cards. (A square character ‘riding’ a bike, a triangle character ‘dancing’)
·        Look at simple concepts. Can the children find big and little shapes? Can they find the shape which is different from a line-up of shapes?
·        Look at prepositions using shapes.. Can they put the plastic triangle behind the box, can they put the square under the table etc…


·        Look at shape books with the children.
·        Can you make up simple rhyme words to go with shape names?
·        Look at the names of different shapes. Can the children recognise any of the letters? Look at the letters which appear in the child’s name.
·        Can they hear and say the initial letter of the shape name.
·        Can they draw a picture of their favourite shape?
·        Can they write some of the letters from the shape words?


·        Use different containers to make shapes in the sand.
·        Shape jigsaws.
·        Make a shape pizza.
·        Sort shapes, can the children put all the circles etc together.
·        Use shape play dough mats which encourage children to mould the play dough into different shapes.
·        Make a large shape dice. Children have to find whichever shape they roll.
·        Feed the shape monster. Make a cardboard box ‘shape monster.’ Children have to feed the monster which ever shape he asks for.
·        Look at different sizes of shapes. Can the children categorise the shapes by shape and size?
·        Count how many sides a shape has.
·        Have a large selection of plastic shapes in a bowl, can the children pass you ‘one shape’ or ‘two shapes’ etc..
·        Share out some shapes between friends can they say who has more or less?
·        Have large shapes with numbers on. Children have to put that many small shapes inside the corresponding large shapes.
·        Have a shape number line.
·        Can children do 3 hops on the large square? Can they do 4 jumps on the triangle? Etc..
·        Can children copy a pattern using different shapes? Can they make up their own pattern?
·        Make pictures with small plastic shapes.
·        How many shapes can they fit in a certain area?
·        Talk about their favourite shape, making a fun colourful graph to show how many children liked each shape.
·        Begin to look at 3d shapes, introduce children to the correct name.
·        Make 3d shapes with play dough, clay or paper mache.
·        Make 3d shapes with mini marshmallows and cocktail sticks.
·        Play ‘find the shape.’ The adult shouts out a shape name and the children have to find that shape and bring it back to the adult. You could give out rewards to the winners.


·        Thread shapes to make a necklace or a snake.
·        Make shapes with stones in the garden.
·        Shape hopscotch.
·        Play ‘run to the shape.’ Draw large shapes on the floor. Adult has to shout out the name of a shape and children have to run to the shape.
·        Shape stampers.
·        Make shapes with craft sticks.
·        Printing shapes into play dough.
·        Draw around shapes.
·        Children have to think of different ways of moving from one shape to another, such as slithering, rolling, crawling etc…
·        Cut around simple shapes.
·        Jump from shape to shape to avoid being eaten by the crocodile.
·        Make shapes with play dough.
·        Cut healthy snacks up into different shapes.

Understanding the world:

·        Make everyday pictures from shapes – A house, rocket etc.
·        Go on a shape scavenger hunt.
·        Make different shapes using play dough.
·        Put up shape posters around the room.
·        Make some shape biscuits.
·        Make 3D shape structures with mini marshmallows and toothpicks.
·        Hide small plastic shapes in the sand, salt, gloop etc.
·        Play shape memory games.
·        Make shape fruit kebabs
·        Set up a shape sorting table for children to use during free play.
·        Find different shapes in the environment.
·        Look at the importance of some shapes… why is a wheel is a circle, why isn’t it a square? Why is a house a cube? Why can’t it be a circle?
·        Play simple shape games on a computer or tablet.

Expressive arts and design:

·        Make a caterpillar out of shapes.
·        Colour shapes in different colours to make a picture.
·        Contact paper shape art – sellotape contact paper to the table (sticky side up) Give the children a selection of paper shapes. They can then decorate their picture, taking shapes on and off as they please.
·        Printing with shapes.
·        Painting with shapes.
·        Make some shape animals.
·        Create some shape finger puppets.
·        Play musical shapes.. When the music stops children have to sit on a shape.
·        Junk modelling. Talk about what they are making and the shape of the boxes they are using.
·        Play with different textured shapes.
·        Make up songs and rhymes about different shapes.

You can find more EYFS themed activity ideas here

Monday, 18 May 2015

Kids science - Toys trapped in frozen eggs.

The kids had loads of fun with these frozen eggs. They decided they were going to have a competition as to who was going to unfreeze and rescue their toy first. 

To create these frozen eggs you need some water balloons, small toys, water and a freezer :)

First pull open the balloon as much as possible and carefully put the small toy inside.

Carefully attach the end of the balloon onto the tap and fill with water.

Tie the balloon and place it in the freezer.

Once the water has frozen cut the balloon and place the frozen egg into a plastic container.

Mix some warm water with salt and add some food colouring.

We then used the salt solution to help melt the ice. They used the pipette to pick up some of the solution and put it where they wanted it to melt.

They added more salt straight onto the frozen egg and then added more solution. This caused the salt to fizz and the ice to melt quicker. 

They were completely involved in the activity for over 30 minutes. Middle boys toy was rescued first closely followed by Toddler girls.

What did she learn.... EYFS learning goals:

physical - 30-50mths
• Uses one-handed tools and equipment

physical - 40-50mths
• Uses simple tools to effect changes to materials

UTW (The world) - 30 -50mths.
• Talks about why things happen and how things work

EAD 30-50mths
• Beginning to be interested in and describe the texture of things. 

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Dinosaur topic theme resources pack

In this 139 paged Dinosaur themed resource pack you will receive the following resources:

  • five can you colour in.. worksheets.
  • Bingo boards and cards
  • Colour cards.
  • Count and clip cards.
  • Mini letters and numbers.
  • Number line
  • Can you count to 5 cut and stick activity
  • Matching pictures worksheet.
  • Measure and sort activity.
  • Number jigsaws
  • 2 print and colour jigsaws
  • Weekly activity planner - 2 designs
  • Addition worksheet with number line.
  • Alphabet bunting
  • Dinosaur pattern boards.
  • 'Decorate a dinosaur' pages
  • Dinosaur bookmarks.
  • I can spell sight words activity
  • Dinosaur labels
  • Count and graph worksheet
  • Find the initial letter worksheets.
  • I can draw dinosaurs book.
  • Number matching cards.
  • Odd and even boards- to be used with mini numbers.
  • Pencil control worksheets
  • Writing pages

This pack is available for instant download for only £1.00

You can find some EYFS dinosaur activity ideas here

Friday, 15 May 2015

FREEBIE - Dinosaur count and clip math activity.

These free dinosaur count and clip cards are a wonderful fun way to introduce preschoolers to counting and matching numerals. Cut out the cards (there are two to each A4 page) and laminate them. Children then have to count the amount of dinosaurs and then match the number they have counted to the corresponding numeral. The children can either put a plastic peg or a counter on the correct numeral.

You can find some EYFS dinosaur activity ideas here...

Click here to download or print out these really cute dinosaur freebie.

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Thursday, 14 May 2015

FREEBIE printable Caterpillar number leaf matching game.

There are ten pages in this resource. Cut out and laminate the leaves ( 1 - 10) and caterpillars.
Children have to match the correct number of caterpillars to the corresponding numbered leaf.

This is a pdf document and you will need adobe reader to open the file. 
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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

All about me- starting preschool resources pack.

My 'All about me - starting preschool pack' is designed for preschool children. It consists of 6 fun workbooks, three games and three posters to put up in the classroom. These activities can be used during the first week in preschool or reception.
They can be used to assess children's basic learning.

Included in this pack is:

1. A 10 paged 'all about me' book. children can draw pictures of themselves, their family and friends. There are also pages which encourage children to describe themselves, and their likes. 

2. An 11 paged 'My colour book' which helps promote children's colour recognition.. They have to write on top of the dotted 'colour' word and colour in the pictures.

3. A colour bingo game. There are four colours on each bingo board. 

4. Pattern boards. These look at simple two colour patterns. I would recommend that you laminate the boards, and the coloured cards. There is also a blank board where children can make their own pattern using the colour cards.

5. A number book. Children can write inside the numeral and the word. They can colour in the pictures. The number is also represented using dice and a ten frame.

6. A shape book. Children can write over the 'shape' name and copy over the line of the shape. They are then able to decorate the shape however they like.

7. A feelings dice to colour and make.

8. A 'My alphabet book' where children can decorate the letter and the corresponding picture.

9. A 'My feelings book' this book looks at different emotions. Children can practice their handwriting skills by writing on top of the dotted 'feelings' words. There is also room for children to write about what makes them feel 'happy' etc. They can also draw a picture of themselves.

10. Three colourful posters to decorate the classroom. A colours poster, a numbers poster and a shapes poster.

11. A clip art credits page.

Please remember this is a digital file which is available for instant download once purchased. You can purchase this pack for only £1.00

All worksheets are copyright protected, and are only to be used for personal and classroom use.