We understand how challenging practitioners must be finding the current situation we have all found ourselves in. There was no trial run for the way we are having to work now, no practice at all. So we are all having to navigate our way through in the best way that we can. And what an amazing job everyone is doing.
We know that you are busily thinking of ways to best support children in their home environment. So to help you with this, we have created some ideas for activities that could be suggested, that are closely linked to children’s developmental stages. We must never lose sight of the fact that young children learn best through play and being active. Therefore, through the suggestions we have provided we have ensured that these are ‘hands on’ with the aim to enhance parents and carers understanding of the need for active learning. Young children also have short attention spans, so bursts of lively and engaging activities are the name of the game. With this in mind, we have created fun and playful activities with a developmentally appropriate learning focus for you to share with your parents and carers.
We have considered five top tips when providing suggestions for home activities for young children:
- resources required are accessible and readily available in the home environment
- ensuring activities are short and snappy to retain the focus of the children
- creating activities that are lively, enjoyable and fun that can be carried out independently by the child or with family members
- linking activities to the developmental stage of the child
- providing instructions that are simple and easy to read
So in order to give you some ideas, the HfL Early Years team have compiled a table of suggested ‘Fun things to do at home’ that will support learning across all curriculum areas. You can select activities from the list provided according to the developmental stage of your children and share these with parents and carers to enable the consolidation of learning at home.
The easy to use activities link very closely to the developmental stages of children aged 3-5 years (30-50m and 40-60m) and include resources that are readily available in the home environment. You will be able to choose a few activities that will help support the learning that has been taking place with the children and share with parents and carers. For example, if the focus has been on comparing weights, you can look at the activities suggested in the Maths section (40-60m). You can then select an activity to reinforce mathematical vocabulary, learning and understanding at home, such as make a balance using a coat hanger and buckets or bags to weigh different objects.
We hope you find these activities useful. We welcome your feedback and make sure you look out for more suggestions that will be coming out soon.
Take care during these unprecedented times and stay safe.