Frogs and Tadpoles - Understanding the World 18th May
1) Look at Mrs Holland’s video of the tadpoles in her pond. What do you notice about them?
Now watch Ethan’s video about his pond and see how tadpoles turn into frogs.
2) How have you changed since you were born? Have a look at some photographs with a grown up and talk about how you have changed each year of your life. Can you complete the activity sheet, how have I changed?
3) If you would like to you can make a frog home in your garden. There are 2 ways to do this:
4) Can you make a mini pond in your back garden like Mrs Holland did? Maybe some frogs will come and visit you too? Here is a video to help you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zT8etO1aA8
4th May Worm Hunting
Please look out for when it is raining and the earth is damp to carry out your big dig for worms or try pouring water on an area of soil and waiting 15 minutes.
Check it every day and add some extra food, check it is moist and make observations. Can you draw and write what has happened in your wormery? Are there any tunnels? Where are the worms hiding? Why do you think this might be? Release the worms after a week.
27th April - What the Ladybird Heard
Keep an eye out for ladybirds and ladybird larvae when you are in your garden or on a daily walk. You often find them on leaves of trees and bushes.
Here are some activities you can do from just visiting your garden.
A set of coloured chalks are perfect for mark making. We buy ours on Amazon.
‘How sweet to be a cloud floating in the blue! Every little cloud always sings aloud.’
Lie down on the grass and look up at the blue sky. Take a look at the clouds- how they move and the shape they make. Can you find one that looks like a boat? Or a rabbit? See if you can tell a story using the shapes.
Have you ever painted the clouds? Using a mirror ( I use an acrylic ) place on the ground and see the reflection of the clouds. Using shaving foam paint using fingers to paint the shapes of the clouds.
Pick a flower- check the petals and pull out any which have started to go brown.
Place your flower between two sheets of kitchen roll and weigh down with a heavy book. Leave for 10 days before checking. You can then stick these onto paper to make pictures and cards.
This will appeal to any child who likes to move and make noise! It can teach children about the natural dyes that can be harvested from plants. After all the pounding is done, these naturally dyed beauties can be cut up and turned into gift cards or bookmarks, or simply signed and dates as a piece of stand alone art.
You will need
Paper or old sheet (watercolour paper is perfect if you have some )
Collection of flowers, petals and leaves
Round rock or wooden hammer
Waxed paper (I'm sure baking paper would work too)
Hole puncher (optional)
Place a selection of flowers on your worktable. Invite your child to choose a flower to begin with and place it on top of a large piece of watercolour paper. Cover the flower with a piece of waxed paper and pound the petals until they make a mark on the paper. Continue pounding flowers and leaves onto the paper until you create a composition you like.
To make these into bookmarks, cut the pounded flower images into long strips, punch a hole at one end, and tie a piece of ribbon through the hole.
Just dance ( you tube)
Marble Runs: Ramps and Gravity
Children learn through play, and what better to learn about gravity, building and momentum than by engineering wild structures while rolling balls down ramps?
There are many ways to explore ramps and gravity, so here are four tried- and –true activities that work.
Ramps and cars. Cut heavy cardboard into strips, or gather some wood planks. Invite your child to use these materials to build ramps off a table, plant pot, shelves, chairs, or other objects, and drive small toy vehicles down them.
Marble run. Gather some toilet roll tubes, masking tape and marbles. Find an open wall or sliding glass door that you can tape the cardboard tubes to. Tilt the tubes to create ramps and tape them in place. Test and experiment until you find a flow that works. Challenge your child to create a super tall marble run or a long winding marble run. This experience is filled with lots of trial and error that teaches iteration and how to overcome small failures.
Gutters and balls.This is a fun one to take outdoors. Offer your child some gutters (or something similar) and invite them to prop them against various surfaces to create ramps. How fast can she get marbles, balls, or toy cars to shoot down the ramps?
Water wall. Build a water wall from recycled bottles, funnels, plastic tubes, and sand pails. Screw the objects directly to a fence or attach them to a pegboard with zip ties or wire. To allow the water to run through the water maze, cut holes in the bottles and pails with a utility knife.
Five little ducks and their mummy duck!
You can sing with them, count with them, make up stories with them…
You will need: 6 stones (various sizes)
Yellow and white acrylic paints ( or poster paint with pva/poster paint and varnish)
Black and red/orange markers
Collect round, flat pebbles or stones
Use paint to draw the pattern for your pet’s coat and permanent markers for eyes, a nose and a mouth.
If you have scraps of felt or wool, you could use them to make ears, whiskers, tails or antennae. Ask an adult to help you if you need strong glue.
Once the paint and glue have dried, your pet is ready for a new home. You could use an old matchbox to keep them safe
Add words to the pebbles
Crayon and Rock Paper weights
These make a lovely present!
You will need:
1 large smooth stone for each paperweight
Old wax crayons in assorted colours ( paper removed)