Today, we are going to start a new topic on 'Transport', so let's start by singing a song:
Children will be painting today- a car, a bus, a bike, a scooter
They are also going to play pretend to make a car or a bus in school. You could do this at home:
- move dining chairs into a line, like sitting on a bus
- or sit in a line behind each other on your bed, to pretend it is a bus
- Use a circle of card or plastic plate or any circle to be a steering wheel.
- Cut up an old receipt into pieces to be bus tickets or draw on small pieces of paper to make your own bus tickets.
Sing 'The Wheels on the Bus' while you are driving.
Talk about where you are going on the bus- shopping? to town? to Asda? to visit friends? go to the park? the seaside?
Children will be making 'summer berry Eton mess' today, chopping fruits and using a whisk (and electric mixer) to whip cream.
You could make this at home:
PREP TIME: 15 mins
- 250g strawberries
- 150g raspberries
- 100g blueberries
- 400ml double cream softly whipped (or use half Greek yoghurt for a healthier version)
- 4 ready-made meringue nests, crushed
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- Pop all the berries in a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of caster sugar and mix.
- In a separate bowl, put the cream/yoghurt and the vanilla and whip to soft peaks. Be careful not to whip for too long, or you’ll end up with stiff peaks.
- Next break up all the meringue nests, creating a mixture of chunks and finer meringue dust.
- Carefully fold the cream in with the meringue and half of the berries.
- Finish off by sprinkling the remaining berries on the top of cream and meringue mix.
Watch the clip below and encourage your child to join in and copy the actions shown.
Children may want to repeat the song/ dance a few more times to practice and develop their physical skills.
Next, we are going to listen to the music and give children the opportunity to move creatively in any way they choose. There are no wrong/ incorrect movements. Praise your child for joining in and comment on their movement, e.g.
"I like the way you're moving your.... hands/ feet/ legs".
"I can see you're moving fast to the faster music. Well done!" etc.
Today's thrill will be to play with cars! We will be playing with
cars which we can move to different
positions. It might be a car park or the car may follow the road - if you do not have play mats, you can draw these on paper for/with your child. You can give directions and your child can move the car to the right, left, in front, behind, to the side, slowly, quickly. The car can stop and start and your child will have to listen carefully to the instructions.
If you have a remote control car, your child can have fun whilst learning new skills. A remote control car play enhances spatial awareness spatial aw, which results in increased dexterity. In addition, the children will learn about cause-and-effect during play as they work out which buttons make the car go in each direction.