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St John and St Nicolas Schools Federation

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Home Learning Ideas

Welcome to your home learning pack. We would like to provide you with some ideas that can help you continue your child’s education at home. Feel free to pick and choose, remembering that learning at this age is 80% child initiated learning through play.

  • Read/share books
  • Play board games
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Memory games (pairs, Kim’s game – what’s missing?, etc.)
  • Start a diary
  • Junk modelling
  • Make music using anything in the kitchen
  • Sing songs
  • Draw/paint
  •  Play with water: - fill/empty containers, clean toys/plastic dishes. Add bubbles for extra fun!
  • Pretend play – play shop, play kitchen, builders, etc.
  • Counting activities
  • Counting objects in the environment
  • Counting steps/jumps/claps/etc
  • How many green objects can you find in 1 min?
  • How can you share sweets between 2 children? (Numbers up to 10)
  • Which numbers can you put in pairs? (Use blocks/counters/oranges/etc to help)
  • Sorting activities (take a group of objects – odd one out, why?, What do certain objects/animals/plants have in common?, etc)
  • Make patterns using shapes, objects, sounds, etc.
  • Make a den using chairs, blankets, cushions, or anything else you like
  • Have a picnic


  • Keep active!
  • If you can, go for a walk
  • run around the garden
  • throw/catch soft balls
  • Cosmic kids yoga on Youtube
  • Boogie beebies on Youtube
  • Star jump competition
  • Disco! 


Fine Motor Activities


You don’t need to buy expensive playdough, you can easily make your own. Apart from it being cheap, the other advantage is that you can add different ingredients to make it more fun. E.g. herbs, spices, food colouring, etc. Here’s the recipe:

You need:

●2 cups plain flour (all purpose)

●2 tablespoons vegetable oil

●1/2 cup salt

●2 tablespoons cream of tartar

●Up to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)

●food colouring (optional)

●few drops glycerine (optional- adds more shine!)

2. Baking

All that kneading, rolling, cutting, sprinkling.

3. Cutting

Give your child a free magazine and a pair of child’s scissors. You will be surprised how much fun they can have just cutting up paper! 

4. Buttons and zips

Let your child do up and undo their buttons and zips. A brilliant fine motor activity but you might have to start getting ready a bit earlier than usual to still leave on time

5. Gardening