Thank you to Mrs Griggs for sending some wonderful pictures of Benjamin taking part in some outdoor phonics games
Activities for the last week of term and over the summer break.
Matching numbers to quantity
- Finding objects, such as 3 pine cones, and matching to the right numeral
- Match numeral stones to quantity stones, e.g. 4 bugs to the number 4
Skywriting is another great multisensory experience.
It is good if you can show them what the numbers look like on something – maybe a chalkboard, interactive board, or written on big pieces of paper.
The simplest way of skywriting is to stand up, and use your finger in the air to draw the numbers. Make them as big as you can! (i.e. get the children to bend their knees, and stretch up high respectively)
Number lines are great for children to start to visualize what numbers look like in a sequence. They are also great for number recognition.
Some excellent ways to use them for this purpose include:
- Making number lines in artistic ways. The children can decorate them, or stick numbers onto sticks or something similar
- They can order numbers on a blank line, copying a number line
- Refer to number lines as you sing songs, or do chants. The more they use them the better they will get.
Use a sound puppet to tell sounds in sound-talk
Have a puppet and a bag of simple objects, each with three sounds in their names, e.g. a pin, a dog and a pig.
The puppet picks out an object and the children try to say the name of the item in sound talk. For example, the pin would be ‘p-i-n.
Feed the monkey
It doesn’t necessarily need to be a monkey in this activity; any other toy would work well also.
Have some toy food and a picnic hamper next to the toy monkey. Tell your child that the monkey can only put the food in his hamper if we can say it in sound-talk, e.g. j-a-m. Jam! Good foods to use in this game are things like ham, eggs, cake, milk and cheese. If children are getting good at these simpler words, however, why not have a go at longer words, for example ‘sandwich’!
Jump the planets
In this game you are going to draw three circles in a row on the ground. These could be planets, or they could be lily pads, or currant buns or something else if you prefer.
Your child selects a CVC picture out of a bag, e.g. ‘cup’. Then they are going to jump across the planets, saying one sound each time they land on a planet – e.g. ‘C-u-p.’ Then they jump off the last planet into space and say the word, in this example ‘cup.
Having fun with bubbles!!!
1 part washing up liquid
4 parts water
(Optional) Some glycerine
The glycerine is very much an optional extra, but it does apparently help the bubbles to get a lot bigger.
To make the perfect bubble mixture here are some pointers:
- Make it a couple of days before. This allows it to settle.
- Make sure everything you use to make it is clean – i.e. the bowls, spoons and everything else. Any dirt will affect the quality of the bubbles
- Use a washing up liquid that doesn’t smell too fruity, to discourage any children that may want to drink it. Some washing up liquid smells delicious, and this is best avoided.