Egg Jigsaw

A quick and simple egg activity today. A number jigsaw egg! Great for early number recognition, ordering and piecing shapes together.

Simply draw an egg on a piece of card. Draw on the shapes and write on the numbers. You can make it as easy or as difficult as you like. Cut out the egg and shapes, then let your little ones have fun piecing them back together.

Muddy Puddle Play Tray

My little girl hates getting her hands messy and I know how she feels because I’m exactly the same! She loves nothing more than Peppa Pig and jumping up and down in muddy puddles l, so I thought this would be a great activity to encourage her to confidently get her hands messy!

It was very simple to set up using just Angel Delight (nom nom), Peppa Pig toys and a play tray. She helped Mummy make the Angel Delight and we timed 5 minutes to wait for it to set. Obviously we had to sample it first to make sure it was set just right 😜.

She had great fun making the different figures jump in muddy puddles. She then decided the characters needed a wash, so we put some water in her Peppa Pig bath so she could wash them. We talked about how puddles are formed, evaporation, the difference between wet and dry and water safety. We saved some Angel Delight to use tomorrow for another activity.

Easter Play Tray

Here is an Easter themed play tray I made for Braithwell play group today. It was very quick and simple to make. The children used the paint brushes to brush away the rice and reveal the hidden eggs. They were encouraged to talk about the patterns, and if chose to, draw their own patterns on egg templates.

To make the rice you will need:

  • Rice
  • Gel food colouring
  • Vinegar
  • Tupperware box

Simply add two cups of rice into the Tupperware box. Add two teaspoons of gel food colouring, two teaspoons of vinegar and shake until the rice is completely covered in the food colouring.

I had some spare coloured card, so I cut out some egg shapes and drew pattens on them. I then put the rice on top of the eggs and spread it out.

Linking Story Books to Number!

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Helen Oxenbury and Mem Fox.

My little ones love this story and my toddler enjoys counting her brother’s fingers as we read through it. So I decided to make a number line, using hands, that she can play with.

This one is really easy to make! I simply drew around my hands on a piece of card, cut them out, coloured them in, drew on shapes and wrote on numbers.

This is great for learning to count and particularly touch counting as children can pull the fingers back as they count. It is also useful for colour and shape recognition. If you only want to focus on numbers then leave off the colours and shapes.

For older children you could extend the activity by learning about subtraction and number bonds to ten. For example, if you take four away from ten the child would bend back four fingers and see how many are left.

If you are an early years practitioner you could ask parents to make these at home with their children and bring them back to use in the setting.

Posting!

My 2 year old has been enjoying playing in her cardboard house but wanted to know where the letterbox was. She has a thing about letter boxes 🤷‍♀️. So I cut out some letter boxes on the doors and wrote some letters on them. I got some empty envelopes and wrote a letter on each one. As a phonics activity this may be aimed at older children, but my little girl is starting to recognise some letters from her name and a couple more random letters, so we went with those! For her, this activity was more of a role play opportunity.

She really enjoyed posting the envelopes through the letter boxes. Later in the activity she decided she wanted to post her Read Write Inc grapheme cards thorough the letter boxes too. This is a great activity for children who are beginning to learn their letter sounds. It is also good for practising those fine motor skills.

As you can see I haven’t really made any effort to make the activity look all singing and dancing. I simply used black marker pen as I didn’t have time to make it look all nice and pretty. I don’t think it really needed anything else! Sometimes it’s the simple things that they love!

Unicorn Tuff Tray

It’s a unicorn play tray kinda day! This one was more simple to make than it looks. You will need:

  • Rice
  • Food colouring gel in different colours
  • Vinegar
  • Pom Poms
  • Coloured feathers
  • Coloured lollipop sticks
  • Babybel cheese wrapping
  • Hundreds and thousands sprinkles.

To make the coloured rice:

  • Put a cup of rice in a plastic container.
  • Add a tea spoon of the colouring gel and a tea spoon of vinegar.
  • Mix well together by shaking and then it’s finished!

Once you’ve finished the playtray you can add some toys, or simply let them explore the sensory objects with their hands.