On dark winter mornings, bring a little zing to your day with this lemon scented sight words sensory tub. The tub smells so good! It’s energising and lovely to play with, and it’s also great for some sigh words practise. Here’s how to dye and scent the rice, and a fun idea for sight words play.
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This maths game combines crafting, turn taking and a bit of science as well as the chance to work on counting and number ordering. It’s easy to create the materials for the game and you can adapt it to suit whichever set of numbers you’re working on – or make a set with letters if you want to practise the alphabet.
You’ll need to start by making a set of fish.
1. Cut out some fish shapes from some coloured card and let the children decorate them. Leave a space on each one to add a number.
2. Fill in the numbers on each fish. We start out with numbers 1-10 but you can add more, or perhaps use 10, 20, 30… depending on which number sequence you’d like to play with.
3. To make a magnetic version you can add a metal paperclip near the mouth of each fish. You can then use a magnetic fishing rod (which you can make by trying a magnet to a piece of string) to go fishing for your number letters.
How to play:
- Place the fish, number side up, on the floor, in a hoop or in a bucket. Or make an undersea landscape picture for them to swin in.
- The easiest version of the game is to practise your hand-eye co-ordination and just let the children go fish. See if they can recognise the numbers on each fish they catch. Encourage the children to co-operate and take turns with the fishing rod.
- You can aim to catch the fish in ascending or descending number order, or just see which ones they catch and arrange them into a sequence once they’ve all been caught.
- Tell the children you had ten fish when you started and, as they catch the fish, ask them if they can work out how many more must be left in the pond.
- You can try some sums too. Pick a number, say 3, and then catch a fish. Can you add the number on the fish to your starting number of 3? (you might like to use a number line to help work this out). Or have the children catch two fish and see if they can add their numbers together.
- If you have an older sibling playing along they can practise their number bonds. If they catch a 3, what number do they need to add to get to ten? They could work on times tables too.
As an alternative, you can make version of the fish with letters instead of numbers. When they catch a fish you can see if the children can say the sound of the letter they have. Can they think of something that starts with that letter? Can they find something in the room that starts with the letter?
We like to use this game to make numbers (and letters) fun and have the children approach learning them in a playful way. How do you add numbers to your play?
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L keeps telling me she wants to be a grown up. She wants to be a mummy with a baby, she wants to do the washing up and she keeps asking me if she’ll be able to do things ‘when I’m big numbers’. (I’d quite happily put the brakes on her and keep her as a lovely four-year-old for quite a while longer.) One thing she likes do to, in her quest to be a grown up, is read the paper or one of my books, so long as it’s full of text with no pictures at all. She’ll sit on the sofa, leafing through the pages, commenting now and then on a few of the articles.
She’s also very interested in letters, and this week has discovered punctuation marks with a huge shriek of ‘What is this?’ as she pointed to the question mark at the end of one sentence, as if she had uncovered something new to the universe.
It’s always my aim to follow a child’s lead and add in some learning in a way that suits their current interest, so I suggested she might like to be a Letter Detective and go on a hunt to find some letters. Big hit! Now we can keep each other company on the sofa, reading alongside each other, as I suggest she spots a particular letter and she goes off to hunt. Spy glass optional.
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Here’s how to make your own bingo game to help your child practise their letters.
1. Make several grids on paper or card. You can draw them by hand or print them from the computer. You need at least one grid per player but if you make more you’ll be able to swap cards and play the game several times. You can make the grid any size you like but 6 squares are a good start for pre-schoolers.
2. Add a letter into each square.
3. Make a set of square cards with a letter on each, corresponding to the letters on your grids.
4. Give every player a grid and then turn the square cards face down.
5.Take it in turns to pick a square card. When you turn over a square, see if you can make the right sound for the letter.
6. If the letter you picked is on your grid you can keep it to cover up the letter on your grid. If you don’t have the letter on your grid, place it back face-down.
7. The winner is the first person to cover all the letters on their card and gets to shout ‘bingo!’.
You can of course make different versions of this game to work on numbers, colours and words.
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