Take some time for yourself. Controlled breathing can work wonders for stress and anxiety, helping to give us a sense of calm and reassurance.
Why not have a go at some Take 5 breathing. Bumble Bee Class practice a rhythm of steady breathing by sniffing flowers (a big breath in through your nose) and blowing the flowers away (a big breath out through your mouth). We also stretch our hands out like stars, tracing our fingers up and down to create a steady breathing rhythm.
Alternatively, you may wish to go on a Cosmic Kids yoga adventure. Yoga helps us to understand how to use our breathing to reduce stress and feel in control when we feel anxious. And it is incredibly fun!
Have a go at some of these craft activities with your family at home.
Design a positivity rainbow to display in your window. During this time of social distancing, families can go for a walk and children can look for rainbows. When you go for a walk see how many you can spot!
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Practice name writing as often as you can. You can use your name cards to support this.
Write your name on bubble wrap and then pop out the letter shapes.
Write your name outside using chalk or fill a washing-up liquid bottle and write your name on the path with water.
Write your name using ice cubes on the garden path (add food colouring of paint to the water before you freeze it).
Write your name in the soil using a stick as a pen.
Write your name on the floor outside, use the letter shapes as tracks for your toy cars.
Write your name on dark coloured paper, place buttons or stones on the lines of the letter shapes. When you have completed your name tip them off and try again.
Write your name using paint.
Write your name on a large piece of paper, pinch a cotton bud with a peg, dip the cotton bud in paint and then dab around the letters in your name.
Write your name in a tray of sand, salt or glitter using your finger or a paint brush.
Write your name in glue and decorate the letters using glitter, sequins or pom-poms.
Write your name on paper and cut out each letter to make your own name jigsaw.
Count how many letters are in your name.
Create the letter shapes in your name using play dough.
Order the letters in your name using magnetic letters.
Make a bedroom door sign with your name on.
Ask a grown up to hide the letters in your name around your house, go on a letter hunt, when you have found the letters put them in order to form your name.
Use your body to create moves which represent the letters in your name.
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These maths home learning challenges are a great way to encourage children to learn about numbers to 10. This set of home learning challenges provide a useful way for parents and carers to practise maths with their child. There are eleven sheets in the resource, covering numbers from 0 to 10. Each sheet contains a number of activities relating to counting, number recognition, number formation and calculating.
Children need to have the opportunity to match a number symbol with a number of things. Look for opportunities to identify range of number symbols in different contexts e.g. door numbers, calculators, handwritten, on screen, food packaging etc.
Sorting is the ability to identify similarities and difference among a set of objects, and to group and name them accordingly. Sorting activities are most beneficial when they relate to everyday life so children can see mathematics in their everyday world. There’s lots of opportunities to sort objects at home.
Sort items by colour, size or weight. Tool boxes, baskets and egg boxes are great for this.
Sorting clothes to be washed or put away.
Matching socks or shoes together.
Sorting groceries according to where they go (fridge, freezer or cupboard).
Sorting food items into healthy and unhealthy or fruit and vegetables.
Putting away cutlery in the correct compartments.
Putting away toys.
Have a go at ones of these science experiments. Send us a photo!
Water play at home can be very simple. All you need is a washing up bowl and everyday objects to enthuse imagination.
Paint with water. Grab some paint brushes and rollers and paint the garden path.
Make garden soup or fairy perfume, add leaves or flowers.
Mix coloured water, just use a few drops of food colouring.
Wash the toys! Add some sponges and washing up liquid.
Experiment with water. Add some toys to a tub of water and see which items sink and which float.
Count bottle tops or sort them into coloured cups.
Add colourful ice to water. Watch as the ice melts into the rest of the water.
Add cutlery, cups, tea pots, spoons, pans to role-play cafes or cooking.
Add jugs, scoops, whisk and funnels to transfer the water back and forth!
The Benefits of Water Play