This week we are going to start thinking about and investigating the different types of material that are all around us.
Children often think that material means fabric so if you watch this song together (with actions) it will help you show your child that there are lots of different materials used to make the things around them.
You could make some picture cards together to show the different materials and your child could hold them up when that material is named in the song. This would really help them learn the names of everyday materials. At this age children can still find it hard to differentiate between the object and the material from which it is made.
What’s in your house? Find 10 things in your house e.g. metal fork, wooden spoon, cushion, clear plastic bottle, story book etc. What are they made from? Can you name the properties of the different materials?
Take it in turns to hold up an object saying what it is, what material it is made from and why you think it is made out of that material.
Can you find different objects made out of the same material?
How many different objects can you find made out of wood? e.g. table, chair, pencil, shelf
How many different objects can you find made of plastic? e.g. cup, ruler, toy,
How many different objects can you find made out of fabric? e.g. t-shirt, curtains, cushion, towel
Materials Treasure Hunt
Look around your home, garden or when you are out and about on your daily walk, what different materials can you find? Can you create a rainbow collage by collecting different coloured materials?
Can you make a ‘recycled’ materials rainbow out of materials that can all go in your green recycling bag?
Can you make a ‘natural’ materials rainbow?
Can you make a ‘man made’ materials rainbow?
Sort materials according to their properties (hard, soft, waterproof, transparent etc) and consider what would happen if you used different materials for an object e.g. a table made out of jelly or a chair made out of chocolate.
Watch the BBC Bitesize video clip below about Types of Materials. Can you invent some crazy ‘mixed up materials’ objects that just wouldn’t work? e.g. a cup made out of newspaper or a pair of shorts made out of metal!
Encourage your child to explain to you why they think the objects wouldn’t work.
Work through the Comparing and Grouping Everyday Materials Powerpoint and talk through the questions and examples.
Help your child to record what they have found out using one of these worksheets. Choose the worksheet that you feel is most appropriate. Each one presents a different challenge with an increase in the amount of information that needs to be recorded. Whilst children can be reluctant to formally record their learning, it would be beneficial if you could support and encourage your child with this during the period of home learning. A little and often would be great!
Play Materials I Spy
When you are out and about on your daily walk or sitting in your garden play materials I spy …
Pick an object and describe it using clues about the materials that it is made out of.
How many I spy clues to you need to give before someone in your family guesses the object.
e.g. If you can 'I Spy' a window the clues you give could be ...
I spy an object made out of plastic and glass.
I spy an object that you can see through.
I spy an object with fabric curtains hanging from it. Happy guessing!