Another fantastic activity idea that will cover shape, pattern, shape pictures and mixing colours. As it says, talk about the different shapes the vegetables make when you print with the different parts of them e.g. cutting the top off a carrot and printing with the top. Then cut the carrot in half vertically. Now print with the top. What has happened to the shape? What shape is made when you print with the long face? Can you name the 2D shape prints and talk about their properties? Corners? Sides? You can use these vegetable shapes to print a picture. Maybe of a person, or a rocket, or a dog? A garden perhaps? Whatever you would like to. Think carefully about which shapes you will use for the different parts of your picture.
You can also use these shape prints to create repeating patterns using 2 or 3 shapes! You can even print two colours on top of each other and see if they mix together? What colour does it make? So many great ideas. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!
Here are a couple of activities to keep you going.
Choose an object such as an apple. Now find things that are heavier than the apple and lighter than the apple. Maybe you could draw this in your books, drawing the first chosen item in the middle and the lighter objects on the left side and the heavier objects on the right side. You could use your phonics to write the names of the objects instead of drawing pictures. Or, you could lay the objects out on the floor, putting them in the same format as drawing them in your book and get an adult to take a photo. Even better, you could take the photo...if you know how?!
Your second activity is to find a variety of containers and fill them with something e.g. water, sweets. Don’t fill them all to the same level. Fill them to different levels. Now pick up two containers. Can you feel which one is lighter and which one is heavier? After doing this with a variety of containers (maybe you could fill them with different things and compare them as well) think about why the ones that were heavier, are heavier, and why the lighter ones were lighter. Is it because of how full they were? Is it because of the weight of what you used to fill them with?
Phonics (Tricky Word Time!)
Mrs Huckfield’s Group
- Click on the ‘PhonicsPlay link’, login, select Phase 2 and select the game ‘Train Your Brain’. Click on ‘Introduction’ and read through the slides with your child. This presentation is showing your child what actually makes a word ‘Tricky’.
- At the end, you can choose different words to look at more closely, putting the sound buttons on, finding the tricky part and sounding it out as a tricky word.
- After looking at all of the words, go back to the games page and click on ‘Tricky Word Trucks’. Select ‘Phase 2 Tricky Words’. This is like the Speedtrial sound games but instead, tricky words come up on the trucks and your child needs to say the word.
- Now have a go at writing the tricky words. Your child may find this a bit more difficult and may not remember which letters they need for the words. Try to encourage them to remember but if not, it is ok to help them and remind them. They need to write each word 3 times. This is to try to ‘train their brain’ to remember how to write them and spell them.
Miss Johnson’s Group
- Ask your child to write these tricky words. I, the, no, go, to, into.
- Click on the ‘Phonicsplay’ link from Mrs Huckfield's Group above, login in, select Phase 3 and select the game ‘Train Your Brain’. Select ‘Introduction’ and read through the slides. This presentation will show your child what makes a word ‘Tricky’. At the end you can select words to look at in more detail. Choose he, she, we, me, be. You will have the opportunity to put in sound buttons, find the tricky part of the word and sound it out as a tricky word.
- Now go back to the games page and select ‘Tricky Word Trucks’. This is the same principal as the Speedtrial but instead, tricky words appear on the trucks to read.
- Select ‘Pick individual tricky words’. Select all of Phase 2 and the words you practised from Phase 3.
- Now your child can have a go at writing the new tricky words learnt. Encourage them to try to write these independently and remember the letters needed for each word. They need to write each word 3 times. This shouldn’t be too hard as they use the same spelling pattern as they have the same sound at the end when spoken out loud.
Mrs Chamber’s Group
- Click on the ‘Phonicsplay’ link from Mrs Huckfield's Group above, login, select Phase 3 and select ‘Tricky Word Trucks’. This is the same principal as the Speedtrial but instead they are reading tricky words.
- Now click on ‘Phase 3 Tricky words’. See how your child does. If they struggle on some words, make a note and these are the ones you can practice afterwards.
- Now go back to the games page and select ‘Train your brain’. Select ‘Choose words’. You can now select the words your child struggled with. You will have the opportunity to put in sound buttons, find the tricky part of the word and sound it out as a tricky word.
- Now get your child to write some tricky words. Do the ones they struggled to read first and then the others. See how your child does. Encourage them to try to remember how to write them themselves but if they struggle you can show them the correct way afterwards and get them to copy the correct spelling.