Fun activities

 

Scavenger Hunt

Come up with a list of odd and fun items for your children to find. They can hunt around the house or your garden.

See Fun Activities sheet at the bottom of this page

 

Phonics cards - games such as snap or pairs

See phonics words at the bottom of this page

 

Bingo/Lotto

Get children to draw a 3 x 3 grid – choose numbers / animals / colours

 

Bug Hunt and create a bug box/ make a bug hotel

Egg boxes/cereal boxes – cut, build, sticky tape,

 

Build a junk model

Any recyclable boxes, bottles, lids, newspaper – let your imagination go wild!!

 

Build a house (based on Great fire of London Topic)

Any recyclable boxes, bottles, lids, newspaper

 

Chalk pavements 

Design pictures / play hop scotch

 

Play a board game

Develop turn taking/ sharing/ team work

 

Make a musical instrument – play a song

Empty box / few pieces of pasta/ rice – Empty drinks/ water bottle, small stones/gravel

 

Write a letter to family/friend – post it

Bring a smile to someone’s face with an unexpected letter/picture

 

Draw a picture for elderly neighbours

Some of our elderly neighbours may not have any family to check on them or anyone to talk to – brighten their day by posting a picture.

 

Make postcard/pictures and post to local nursing home

Nursing homes are not allowing visitors – some elderly do not get any visitors – Send homemade postcards/pictures to a local nursing home

 

Make up a play/ act it out

Everyone loves a bit of drama J Act out a favourite fairy tale, film scene

 

Make a sock puppet (everyone has odd socks)

Buttons for eyes/ cut up an old t shirt/ tell a story using a sock puppet

 

Make paper planes - have a paper plane contest

How far can your plane fly!

 

Create a diary/daily account to share once we return to school

We are looking forward to hearing all your news

 

Build a den (old duvet cover)

Take out all of your blankets and pillows, grab a few stools and chairs, and design a giant blanket fort that takes over part of a room.

Building a blanket fort can be really fun, but so can crawling around inside of a well-constructed fort – or even a poorly constructed one.

 

Bake some biscuits/cupcakes/rice crispie cakes

See easy recipes ( I know sources some ingredients may be a challenge )

 

Build an ice castle

Fill up ice cube trays, disposable cups, build a house/castle/igloo

Place small toys/pebbles/flowers/ in water and freeze overnight – have they been Frozen by Elsa? Help dig them out/ sit in the sun, watch it melt, can the toy army save the items?

 

Paint pebbles

See Fun Activities sheet at the bottom of this page

 

Treasure Hunt

See Fun Activities sheet at the bottom of this page

 

Easy Cookies

225g butter, softened

110g caster sugar

275g plain flour

75g white or milk chocolate chips (optional)

 

Method

Heat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Cream the butter in a large bowl with a wooden spoon or in a food mixer until it is soft. Add the sugar and keep beating until the mixture is light and fluffy. Sift in the flour and add the optional ingredients, if you’re using them. Bring the mixture together with your hands in a figure-of-eight motion until it forms a dough.

Roll the dough into walnut-sized balls and place them slightly apart from each other on a baking sheet (you don’t need to butter or line it). Flatten the balls a little with the palm of your hand and bake them in the oven for around 10-12 mins until they are golden brown and slightly firm on top. Leave the cookies on a cooling rack for around 15 mins before serving.

 

Easy cupcakes

125g caster sugar

125g butter, softened (or margarine)

125g self raising flour

2 large eggs

1tsp vanilla essence (optional)

 

Method

Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla extract together in a bowl.

Add the eggs and flour (sift the flour in).

Beat everything together until the mixture is smooth.

 

The cupcakes should only take 20 minutes to cook – resist the urge to open the oven door and check on them until the time is up, just peek through the oven door if you have a glass one!

Take the cakes out of the oven – you will know that they are ready if they have risen up and spring back into shape when you press gently down on them. They will also be a golden shade.

 

Fun activities - visual ideas sheet

Phonics Homework Set 1 & Additional sounds

Phonics Homework Set 2 & Additional sounds

Phonics Homework Set 3 & Additional sounds