Fostering a positive EYFS learning experience should not only take place within the classroom. Parents must also encourage their children to become further involved through a series of home-based activities. Let us therefore take a look at ten interesting suggestions so that you can make an informed choice based around the needs of your little one.
Construct LEGO Colour Patterns
This maths-centred activity helps children to recognise the colour patterns found within a series of LEGO blocks. They can also be encouraged to count how many blocks of each colour are present.
Write down a series of numbers (such as 1 to 10). Then, hide a number with a piece of masking tape. Ask the child to recite these numbers and see if he or she can determine which one has been hidden.
This fun game involves a series of sticky notes with a number written on each. Provide the child with a fly swatter or a simple stick. Call out a number and tell the child to point the stick to the appropriate value.
Create a series of paper hearts and then cut each one in half. Write down a number one alternative sides of each heart. Then, scramble up the hearts and ask the child to match each one with the corresponding digit. This quick and simple puzzle will provide hours of entertainment.
Stimulating the imagination of a child is always important. So, why not embrace the traditional appeal of a make-believe play session? From baking a cake to making roads with toy vehicles or creating an animal rescue centre, the possibilities are virtually endless.
A Nature Walk
Take the child for a walk in the back garden. Encourage him or her to ask about various objects such as plants, insects and rocks. This will help them establish the notion that they are separate from the nearby environment. You can also utilise EYFS tracking by Educater to proactively monitor their progress.
Reading to a child is an excellent way to develop a trusting relationship and to foster a sense of imagination. Write a short story and include a handful of words which are out of place. Ask the child to identify these works and to provide alternative suggestions.
Practice writing short letters to fictional characters with your child. Ask him or her to decide upon the topic. Encourage them to “think outside of the box” and to become imaginative. This will generate an interest in creative writing.
Build Sand Castles
Building sand castles helps to develop hand-eye coordination and it also teaches children about the results of their actions. This is also quite a fun activity to enjoy during a period of “downtime”.
From baking a cake to creating ice pops and everything in between, including a child within common kitchen activities is another unique way to teach them how to follow instructions as well as to take pride in their accomplishments.