1. Click on the link below to listen to the story We’re going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. You can pause the video throughout and encourage your child to talk about what they see and what is happening. You could ask them how it would make them feel at different points in the story. At the end you could ask your child what their favourite part of the story was.
2. When you are out for a walk or in the garden, pretend you are on a bear hunt and re-enact the story together. See if your child can remember parts of the story and the sounds for each part.
Through the grass (swishy swashy, swishy swashy, swishy swashy)
Through the river (splash splosh, splash splosh, splash splosh)
Through the mud (squelch squerch, squelch squerch, squelch squerch)
Through the forest (stumble trip, stumble trip, stumble trip)
Through the snowstorm (hooo wooo, hooo wooo, hooo wooo)
Through the cave (tiptoe, tiptoe, tiptoe)
3. Play a listening game together. Give your child instructions to find an object in the house and move around the object using the language of over, under and through from the story. Support your child to understand the concepts of over, under and through e.g. “Go under the cover”, “Go through the door”, “Go over the pillow.” etc.
4. Go on a bear hunt. Take turns to hide your child’s teddy, cuddly toy or another well known object in the house. Give one another clues saying “hot” if you are getting near to where the toy or object is hidden or “cold if you are far away from where the object or toy is hidden.
5. Continue to support your child to develop their independence skills. Encourage your child to help tidy up around the house.
Click on the link below to listen to the story the bus is for us by Michael Rosen and Gillian Tyler. You can pause the video throughout and encourage your child to talk about what they see and what is happening. At the end you could ask your child what way they would like to travel the most from the ideas in the book. Listen to the story again if they can’t remember.
Today’s story is all about enjoying going on the bus. Ask your child what does a bus have? Give your child an example ‘the bus has wheels, what else does a bus have?’ Sing the wheels on the bus together. Encourage your child to say what could come next in the song e.g. the wipers, the doors, the horn, the driver etc.
In nursery we do teddy time. We lie down, close our eyes and listen to some soft music to help us relax with a teddy placed on our tummy. When we do this our imagination can take us to different places. Like all the places they went to in the story, I wonder where your imagination might take you today. Click on one of the links below and encourage your child to close their eyes and lie down listening to the music. Play the music for a minute or two then pause it and you can talk about what you both imagined yourself doing whilst you had your eyes closed. You may find other relaxing music on Youtube.
Play a feelings game together. Focus first on happy and sad. Show your child a happy face and ask them to show you their happy face. Now show your child a sad face. See if your child can show you their sad face. Talk about what makes you feel happy and what makes you feel sad. Encourage your child to do the same. If your child understands the concept of happy and sad you may want to explore worried and angry with them.
Support your child to continue to develop their independence skills by putting the dishes away.
Click on the link below to listen to the story Leaf by Sandra Dieckmann together. You can pause the story and encourage your child to talk about the characters and what is happening.
Talk to your child about included. INCLUDED is one of our SHANARRI words. At the start of the story Leaf the polar bear was not included by the other animals as they thought he behaved in a strange way. Talk to your child about how they can make others feel included at home or in nursery.
Talk to your child about their likes and dislikes. Play a game to find out what they like the most. You could get them to go to one side of the room for one option and the other side of the room for the other option. Do you like playing inside or playing outside the most? Do you like pizza or chicken nuggets the most? Do you like Paw Patrol or PJ masks the most?
Set time challenges to complete together. This could include who can stand on one leg for the longest, who can run on the spot the longest, who can stay quiet for the longest etc.
Support your child to develop their fine motor skills. Encourage them to help clean the counter top or table.
If you can take your child to a local green space, practise throwing and catching with a ball, a pair of socks or anything you can find in your home. When speaking to your child model language such as ‘my turn’ and ‘your turn’. If there is siblings taking part use their name for their turn also.
Just another blogs.glowscotland.org.uk – Dundee site