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Week 4 - Beginning 22nd June

Hello Everyone! 

We hope you are all well and spending lots of time outside, playing, exploring, enjoying yourselves and learning new skills.


We are going to continue with Minibeasts for a second week.  Look in the Amazing Animals section for new minibeast activities.


Mrs Rich has sent us a photograph of her sunflowers and has challenged you to beat the height of them!  We have put the photo on Purple Mash for you to see, we think you can beat them!

On Friday 3rd July, we would like you to measure your sunflower from the base of the stem to the top in centimetres.  Ask your grown up to take a photograph of you next to your sunflower holding the measurements written on a piece of paper. Upload it to the 2do task by the following Monday and the boy and girl from each session with the tallest sunflower will be announced on the website and will be sent a certificate!   We look forward to seeing the photos.  Good luck! 

This week our special focus is Thinking Skill Challenges.  We really enjoy lots of thinking skills activities in Nursery.  Critical Thinking is such an important skill across the curriculum and throughout life.  


Duplo Challenge

Give your child three Duplo bricks (the 2x4 bricks).  Tell your child that their challenge is to create lots of different Duplo houses.  If they need more support then show them how to stick the bricks together in any random way to make a house.  How many different ways can your child find to make three brick houses?  If they make a duplicate ask them to look carefully at the house s they have already made and spot the one that is the same.  As always, support your child as much as is needed to enable them to succeed.


Memory Game

Begin with three objects.  Ask/help your child to name all the objects then tell them you are going to take one away and they are going to see if they can remember the missing object.  If that is too easy try four or five objects...


'When' Challenge

This activity is lovely to do in a group in Nursery because it enables us to highlight the fact that different people do different things and have different opinions and reinforce how good and positive that is.  

This activity also teaches the sequence of names we have for different parts of the day.

What is in the Bag?

Put some objects hat are well known to your child into a bag.  As your child to put their hand into the bag, feel the object and guess what it is.  When it is your turn model your thinking for your child to develop their awareness of descriptive language.

What Is Going To Happen if...? Prediction Game

Encouraging your child to think about simple cause and effect.  During your day you might find lots of opportunities to play this game. 

  • If you put chocolate over hot water to melt to make crispie cakes ask, 'What do you think is going to happen to the chocolate?'
  • Make a big ice block with plastic dinosaurs in it - ask your child what will happen if we drop it? what will happen if we pour warm water on it?
  • Hold an egg over the sink and ask, 'What will happen if I drop it?'
  • If I roll the ball down the slide/take away the middle block in a game of Jenga, 'What will happen?'

Which One Doesn't Belong?

We love this kind of activity because of the interesting answers we always get.  As long as your child can give you a reason then there is no right or wrong answer.  You can of course present your idea to your child too as an alternative viewpoint!

If you like this task there are lots more of these kinds of activities in the Language and Understanding section.

Building Challenges

Lovely language, hand eye coordination skills, problem solving...



Can you invent your own minibeast? Go crazy with the colours and textures you choose! Will it have spots/stripes/zig-zags? How many legs/eyes is it going to have? It is going to have wings/antennae? What other special features does it have? What does it like to eat? Draw it's favourite food next to it. 

2do: Minibeast Hunt Graph

You can print this graph out and take it with you on your minibeast hunt.  Mark off each  minibeast you find by putting a tick/cross/spot/sticker in the box.  Alternatively, you can make your own tick sheet to gather your findings.  When you have finished your hunt, you can transfer your information to the graph on Purple Mash.   Ask a grown up to discuss what you have found out. How many of each minibeast did you find? Did you manage to find all of them?  Which was the most/least popular minibeast? Why do you think this was? Think of the areas/habitats that you were searching in. How many more/less butterflies than snails did you find etc. 

2do: Minibeast Sorting Activity

If you have access to a printer, print out both sheets.  Cut out the minibeasts on the second sheet and see if you can sort them onto the leaf sheet using the criteria 'Legs or no legs'.  Once you have done that successfully, can you think of any other ways to sort them?  How many different ways can you think of? Once sorted into the criteria of your choice (you can use the original way if you would like) stick them onto the leaves and take a photo to upload onto Purple Mash.  Write in the comments box the criteria you have chosen.  We look forward to seeing the different ways you have sorted them.