Tuesday, 25 August 2015

FREEBIE - Caterpillar patterns worksheets


There are five different caterpillar patterns to print out, each comes with its own set of circle counters to make a pattern. I would suggest printing these out on card and laminating them if you would like them to last.


Click here to download or print the caterpillar patterns worksheets




This is a pdf file and you will need to have a copy of adobe reader to view and download this all about me book. You can download the software for free here.


You can find more freebie printables here or you can download my huge bundle of mini beast resources from here.


Friday, 21 August 2015

Why Messy Play is Great for EYFS Learners.

I was really pleased to be approached by Sam Flatman, a specialist in the benefits of outdoor play for children and an Educational Consultant for Pentagon Sport. Sam is very passionate about promoting outdoor learning in the early years, and has very kindly wrote this wonderful article all about 'why messy play is great for EYFS learners.

If you would like to write for Mummy G then please pop along and read my guidelines for more information.

There are links at the bottom of the page which will take you to the Pentagon website, facebook page etc.. why don't you go check them out.

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Why messy play is great for EYFS learners.


Children love any opportunity to get messy with water, sand, mud, goo and whatever else they can find! While some parents absolutely love getting hands on and creative with their kids, others are more reserved when it comes to making a mess. However you feel about messy play though, what’s important is that it’s really beneficial for young learners and it can be used to support all elements of the EYFS curriculum.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

From mud kitchen to sand pits, messy play based activities provide rich social environments that encourage children to interact with each other and practise social skills like teamwork, negotiation and cooperation.


Many learners will also enjoy pretend play during messy play time, 
pretending to be a chef in a restaurant while playing in a mud kitchen or as
builder on an excavation site in their dig pit. Role plays 
like this help children to understand emotions and learn about social 
cues and signals.

Don’t forget that at the end of all this messy play, children should be learning how to clean up the play equipment they’ve used and to clean themselves as well. Parents should encourage children to do this independently and give them just a little assistance where needed.

Communication and Language

Messy play is a real confidence booster for many children! Children feel relaxed when learning outdoors and it gives them a sense of space and freedom, making them more likely to share their thoughts and talk about what it is they’re up to.

The different messy play environments can give children lots of different vocabulary to use. For example, they’ll need to learn the names of pipes and tubes for building waterways, and the names of different kitchen utensils for playing in a mud kitchen.

Physical Development

Messy play is always hands on and that means lots of chances for strengthening muscles and developing motor skills. Squishing and squeezing play dough is a fun way for children to develop their hand muscles, which will later be used for handwriting.

Lifting buckets of water and digging holes in the sand are great for improving children’s strength. Tipping and pouring water between different jugs is a good way to boost hand-eye coordination. Activities like playing with big bubbles can get the whole body active too!

Literacy

Messy play is a fun way for children to learn about letter formation. Making wiggly letters out of play dough is a favourite for many EYFS learners, for example. Messy play can also encourage children to use their imagination to tell stories about their surroundings.

Maths

Learning about measuring and capacity with water or sand can really help to support mathematical aspects of the curriculum. Children can also collect natural ‘ingredients’ and count them out for fun too.



Understand the World

Messy play helps children to explore all kinds of sensory learning. They are constantly learning about different textures and materials and can experiment by mixing things together. Adding water to sand or dry mud creates different outcomes, and offers a good chance for children to explore how substances can change.

Expressive Arts and Design

Messy play always sparks the imagination and gets learners thinking creatively. Involve as many different ideas into the design of messy play spaces as you can think of - try experimenting with adding glitter to water, using multicoloured gels or play dough, or getting lots of different shaped vessels for making sand creations.

There are lots of fun messy play ideas in Tracy’s previous blog post here that can encourage your children to get hands on and just a little bit messy during play time!


This is a guest post by Sam Flatman, a specialist in the benefits of outdoor play for children and an Educational Consultant for Pentagon Sport. Pentagon work with primary schools and nurseries to create innovative playgrounds and learning environments for EYFS learners in the UK.
Pentagon’s Twitter: @PentagonSportUK

Thursday, 20 August 2015

FREEBIE - Ladybird number matching game.



There are five ladybird number matching game pages to print out. Once printed out, cut and laminate the ladybirds and the spots.

Children have to put the correct number of spots on either side of the ladybirds back.

Click here to download or print the ladybird number matching game




This is a pdf file and you will need to have a copy of adobe reader to view and download this all about me book. You can download the software for free here.


You can find more freebie printables here or you can download my huge bundle of mini beast resources from here.


Tuesday, 18 August 2015

EYFS themed activity ideas - Goldilocks and the three bears



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

All of the Goldilocks and the three bears 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 development:

Dress some teddy bears as Mummy bear, Daddy bear and baby bear.
Have a teddy bears picnic.
Discuss whether the children would off gone into the three bear’s house. Touch on being safe and never going anywhere without an adult.
Create a Goldilocks and the three bears role play area.

Communication and language:

Singing the three bears song.
Discuss your favourite character from the story.
Make masks and act out the story.
Discuss what children like for breakfast.. have they ever tried porridge?
Discuss ‘what happens next?’
Can the children describe the characters?
Let the children retell the story with the book and story props.

Literacy:

Look at the beginning sounds of the common words in the story.. i.e. g for goldilocks.
Make a story sack to bring the story alive. Involve children in using the story sack.
Laminate words from the story and display them in the writing area.
Write a letter to baby bear from Goldilocks apologising for breaking his chair etc.
Draw pictures from the story, encourage the children to label their drawings

Math:

Find big, middle sized and small items. Compare bears are good for these type of activities.
Create a story map.
Use story sequence cards to help children organise the story.
Make bears out of different shapes
Compare bowls of porridge, who has more, less..
Make some porridge. Weigh out the porridge before and after mixing with milk.
Make a graph of children’s favourite character.

Physical:

Threading bear pictures.
Cut around bowls of porridge.
Mix porridge in large bowl.
Use paintbrushes to paint goldilocks and the three bears pictures.

Understanding the world:

Make some porridge oats play dough.
Set up a porridge sensory tub.
Set up a sticking table focusing on hard and soft materials.
Use thermometers to test the temperature of porridge.
Make some teddy bear pancakes.
Make a chair structure with mini marshmallows and toothpicks.

Expressive arts and design:

Make puppets of Goldilocks and the three bears.
Decorate a teddy bear picture with finger painting.
Make some paper bag puppets.
Set up the role play area as the three bear’s house.
Draw pictures of the characters.
Make bear masks.
Make a goldilocks wig.
Use clay to make baby bears bowl.
Use musical instruments to compliment the story.

You can find more EYFS themed activity ideas here

Sunday, 16 August 2015

EYFS themed activity ideas - mini beasts



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

All of the mini beast 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 development:

Create some mini beast reward charts.
Talk about how we feel about mini beasts, which bugs we like and dislike and why.
Create a role play area, something like –‘mini beast hotel’ put in a selection of dressing up items and bug masks or hats.
Play mini beast card games focusing on taking turns and sharing.


Communication and language:

Make some Mini beast cookies, read through the recipe together. Talk about the importance of all the equipment that you use, and use the correct names for items.
Read some mini beast story books, encouraging the children to get involved in the story. Try a simple story like Eric Carle ‘The very busy spider’
Encourage children to talk about their experiences with different mini beasts. Have they ever held a spider? Have they seen a worm on a wet morning?
Use mini beast toys to help children in their understanding of prepositions.
Sing nursery rhymes like ‘incy wincy spider’ encourage children to make up their own rhymes.


Literacy:

Bug splat letters. Children have to splat two matching letters on the bugs. 
Labelling parts of the insects.
Encourage children to look through mini beast books, can they retell or sequence a simple story?
Mini beast letters – can they find the letters of their name?
Can children recognise the initial letter of different bugs names.
Create a mini beast alphabet line.
Look at non-fiction books on mini beasts, show the children where they can find different information.
Draw pictures of mini beasts, encourage them to talk about what they are drawing. Help children label their picture.
Help children write some simple sentences about mini beasts

Math:

Counting mini beasts.
Sorting mini beasts by the number of legs.
Mini beast play dough mats.
Play a mini beast bingo game.
Adding with ladybirds spots.
Explore symmetry with butterflies.
Make bugs from shapes.
Match the correct number of bugs to the numeral.
Create a mini beast number line.
Compare to groups of mini beasts, which one has more, less.
Make a graph of children favourite or least favourite mini beasts.
Look at the shapes of different mini beasts.
Make mini beasts out of different shapes.
Weigh different mini beasts, which one is the heaviest..


Physical:

Mini beast stamping.
Spider web threading.
Balloon printing caterpillar picture.
Roll paper to make snails.
Move like a mini beast.
Threading caterpillars.
Build a spider’s web in the room using toilet roll. Can children climb through?
Make bugs out of play dough.
Worm painting using string or cooked spaghetti.
Cut around simple shapes to make a bug.
Use paint or crayons to draw different mini beasts.


Understanding the world:

Go on a mini beasts scavenger hunt.
Play with mini beasts in the sand.
Mini beasts hidden in green spaghetti.
Set up a mini beast sensory tub with magnifying glasses.
Set up an observation station.
Explore frozen mini beasts. – fill a balloon with a small amount of water. (Enough to create an egg shape) drop a small plastic mini beast inside. Freeze the balloons. Once frozen carefully cut the balloon off the frozen egg. 
Look at different bug’s life cycles.
Set up a bug hotel in the garden.
Hide insects in a bowl of jelly for a fun sensory activity.
Use the internet to find out fun facts about mini beasts.
Make jelly worms. 
Dig for bugs in the dirt.
Have snail races.
Create your own mini beast fact cards.

Expressive arts and design:

Make toilet roll (kitchen roll) butterflies.
Butterfly painting.
Surprise the children with ladybird strawberries for snack.
Make some egg carton bugs.
Mini beast thumb printing pictures.
Make a mini beast leaf collage.
Make some paper plate bugs.
Make a handprint spider.
Create a beehive by gluing together lots of toilet rolls (cut down kitchen rolls)
Create a pipe cleaner dragonfly.
Make a cute spider hat.
Make some tissue paper butterflies to hang from the ceiling.
Make some sparkly glue webs (these will work better on darker paper)
Use bubble wrap to print a bee hive. You could then use thumb prints to create the bees.
Make mini beast masks.
Make mini beast hats.

You can find more EYFS themed activity ideas here

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

EYFS themed activity ideas - Transport





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

All of the transport 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 development:

Make a birthday train.
Work on team skills by pretending to be a train and moving around the room.
Turn children’s name into a road. These can be laminated and children can drive their toy cars on them.
Make some personalised licence plates.
Put photos of children on different transport pictures.
Make children their own drivers licence.

Communication and language:

Make some traffic light biscuits. Read out the recipe and encourage children to follow the steps in the recipe with you. Talk about the equipment that you need to use.
Discuss how we get to nursery/ childminders home.

Literacy:

Make some name rockets, help children recognise their name and then sound out the letters in their name.
Laminate transport words for the writing area.
Label transport pictures.
Encourage children to make their own passports.
Read fiction and non-fiction books about transportation.
Set up a tub with diggers and dumper trucks in. Put in a handful of small plastic lids with letters on for children to play with.
Make some letter traffic cones.
Make an alphabet train.

Math:

Race cars across the room. Which car went the furthest?
Make number roads.
Play the car parking number game. Match the number on the car to the number on the parking space.
Transport jigsaws.
Line up different colour cars. Which line is the longest? Which is the shortest?
Make transport pictures from shapes.
Transport bingo game.
Colour matching games using the colours from the traffic lights.
Transport patterns.
Organise transport.. by air, by sea, by land.
Counting using cars.
Order numbers correctly using trains. Put a different number on each carriage. Children have to put the carriages in the correct order.
Looking at prepositions using transport.
Matching games.
Transport shadow puppets.. can children guess which transport the shadow belongs to.

Physical:

Traffic light game. Red – stop. Amber – walk. Green – run. 
Pretend to move like a car.. digger etc.
Making chalk roads in the garden. 
Zig-zag car track races. Can the children stay on the track?
Make a handprint sail boat picture.
Make some paper aeroplanes.
Sponge painting transport pictures.

Understanding the world:

Make car ramps – measure how far the car travels after being let go at the top of the ramp. Do the cars travel further if you change the angle of the ramp?
Play with the diggers and other transport toys in the sand, water, pebbles etc.
Transport themed play dough mats.
Make some paper boats.. will they float?
Build and test bridges.
Make some maps. Try and encourage children to use more than one form of transport to get from A to B.
Make some aeroplane tickets.
Make tracks in the play dough with different vehicles.
Balloon modelling – make hot air balloons.
Use duct tape to make a train track around the room.

Expressive arts and design:

Make an egg carton helicopter.
Car rolling in paint.

Paper plate hot air balloon.
Car garage role play area.
Airport role play area.
Make traffic lights
Make traffic signs.
Make cardboard box vehicles.
Car wash in the water tray.
Paper plate steering wheel.
Finger painting on transport pictures.

Make a rocket out of kitchen roll tube.

You can find more EYFS themed activity ideas here


Tuesday, 4 August 2015

FREEBIE - I have.. who has... game


This brown bear freebie can be used in conjunction with the story book ' Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?' by Bill Martin Jr and illustrated by Eric Carle.

The images in this freebie are not the same copyright illustrations that are used in the story book. 

This game can be played at circle time. Children all have a card telling them who they have and who they need to find. The first player tells the group who they have and then who they need. The child with that card needs to come and join the circle. The children carry on until all the children are in the circle and standing next to the person who has the card they are looking for.

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