One of the most important things you can do for your child at this time is talk to them!
- read story books to them and ask questions; who is this? How are they feeling? Why did that happen? What will happen next?
- In the street look for colours, numbers, shapes; what can they see?
- play I-spy by describing objects; I can see something large and red and people ride in it. I can see an animal with 4 legs and that barks.
Play dough is a fantastic resource to make at home. It can be made in minutes and keeps for a long time in a sealed bag or container. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Your child will build their hand muscles while they are playing which will help them when they come to start writing.
- Your child can use their imagination with play dough and the learning opportunities are endless.
- They can make cakes, then count them,
- Make the letters of their name,
- Cut out shapes and name them
- Make worms and compare how long or short they are,
- 2 cups of plain flour
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (baby oil and coconut oil work too)
- 1/2 cup of salt
- 1 tablespoon cream of tartar (optional)
- 1-1 1/2 cups boiling water (added bit at a time)
- food colouring (optional)
Positional Language Game
Play the positional language game. Hide a toy, can your child tell you where it is?
- Is it in a box?
- Is it under a cushion?
- Is it on your head?
- Is it next to the chair?
- Is it behind your back?
- Is it in front of the TV?
Then ask your child to hide the toy in, on or under. Can they follow the instruction?
This is a great fun game that will help your child develop their understanding and use of positional language.
It is important to encourage children to draw, colour in and make marks whenever possible. Here are a few ideas:
- Encourage them to make marks whenever possible and to tell you what they have 'written'.
- Encourage your child to make straight lines, circles, wavy lines, zig zag lines and dots.
- If you have a garden get some paint brushes & water and draw outside
- Use chalk on the ground
- Scatter flour on a hard surface and make patterns, write numbers, write letters or draw shapes
- draw a picture of your family/favourite character/toy
- spray shaving foam on a hard surface and make patterns or draw pictures
- make a shopping list
- have a go at copying the first letter of their name, when they are confident move onto the next letter
- write a letter or invitation
Ideas for Maths
It is possible to get counting and maths into every day with your child.
Here are just a few ideas:
- point out numbers on buses, on your front door, on your phone or clock
- count how many stairs you walk up
- count how many plates, forks, knives or spoons you needs for dinner
- count your fingers and toes
- find out how many toys you have
- roll a dice, count the spots and do that many claps or jumps
- look for shapes on road signs when you are out and about
- build towers with lego or bricks, which one is the tallest/smallest
- make play dough worms, which is the longest or shortest