Nursery and Pre-school


The Early Years team have created this pack of ideas for you to try at home to continue to support your child’s development.

This is not a tick list but suggestions of ways to engage your child and support their love of learning.

Many of these activities do not require any additional resources as we have tried to think of ideas that are open ended and flexible.

Choose as many as you like, repeat your favourite or make up your own!

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Personal, Social and Emotional Development Communication and Language
  • Talk to your parents about what
  • makes you feel happy.
  • Can you show a happy face?
  • Can you draw a happy face?
  • Sing if you’re happy and you know it; clap hands, stamp feet, jump up and down etc.
  • Ask your children to stand at the door and listen for sounds they can hear outside. ·
  • Talk about what sounds you can hear and what could be making them.
Physical Development Literacy
  • Can you practise getting ready for bed without a grown-ups help?
  • Go outside into your garden, can you do
  • 10 jumps
  • Hop on 1 leg
  • Crouch down and jump to the sky 5 times
  • 5 star jumps
  • Watch the story of The Very Hungry caterpillar.
  • Can you draw a caterpillar in your special book?
  • Talk about what sounds you can hear and what could be making them.
  • Can you practise writing your name?
Maths Understanding the World
  • Can you find any numbers in your house?
  • Can you write down the numbers you find?
  • Can you count the steps as you go up to bed?
  • How many people live in your house can you count them?
  • Look outside for signs of spring talk about the changes you can see.
  • Using a phone / tablet search for changes in spring and talk about them.
Expressive Arts and Design Other Useful Links



Home Learning and Practical Ideas

Things to do at home with young children:

  • Talk talk talk! Your child needs to continue to develop their social language and vocabulary
  • Play simple describing games e.g. what’s in the box, describing an animal or toy
  • Sing simple nursery rhymes and songs
  • Play eye spy
  • Read and reread favourite books
  • Draw a picture or  a card
  • Practise counting aloud
  • Go on a shape hunt in the house
  • Practise getting dressed independently including shoes and socks
  • Make an obstacle course using things around the home
  • Play simple games that require turn taking
  • Explore water play in the sink using cups, jugs
  • Practise using children’s scissors
  • Sort and thread buttons and bead
  • Complete a jigsaw
  • Bake or cook
  • Do simple jobs or chores around the house e.g. laying the table, sorting socks
  • Plant something in the garden
  • Play ball games in the garden throwing, catching, kicking
  • Go on a bug hunt in the garden
  • Get creative paint, create a collage or a model
  • Dress up using things around the home e.g. mummy’s scarf, sunglasses etc.
  • Put on music and dance
  • Make a musical band using pots and pans
  • Make a shaker using empty bottles, rice and dried peas


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