Home Learning 0-2 years

Children under 2 need to develop prime areas to support their learning later in life. These prime areas include: 

  • Personal, Social and Emotional (PSE) 
  • Physical Development (PD) 
  • Communication and Language (CL) 

Everyday Opportunities 

Wonderful life experiences and what the children can learn by them, compiled by the Woodberry Team. 

1-Make a treasure basket to explore-use different sensory items such as sponge, sounds, wooden items, fabric and interesting items. Display them in a basket or on a rug for the child to explore. Using lots of language and describing words will help to build on the amount of words they hear and associate with different things.  

2-Create a mini obstacle course-babies love to be active and explore all the new movements they have. Create a simple course with a tunnel, fabric to crawl under, pillow to climb over and table to go under. Join in with the activity to show them how to move in different ways. This will support lots of gross motor skills. 

3-Family reading-reading a book together with props will be loved by all ages. Babies love looking at pictures and listening to the sounds you can make through the book. Add props, teddies and actions to enhance and add in different fine and gross motor skills. Language is key here to support the development of short sentences later in development. Not only will a baby like this activity, the whole family can get involved. 

4-Mark making-using different mark making resources such as crayons, paint, chalk and paint brushes with water all help the child to learn about different marks they can make., some marks are small and some are big. This activity can be done inside on small or large bits of paper or take the activity outside to do on walls, pavement and fencing. 

 

Children ages 2-3 need to further develop prime areas to support their learning later in life. These prime areas include: 

  • Personal, Social and Emotional (PSE) 
  • Physical Development (PD) 
  • Communication and Language (CL) 

Specific areas would intertwine through these activities to support the development in these areas. 

Everyday Opportunities 

Wonderful life experiences and what the children can learn by them, compiled by the Woodberry Team. 

1-Den building-can you remember building dens and how much fun this was? Grab some fabric, blankets, sheets, pegs, clothes airer or chairs and table and create the best den! Together you can work out what and how you will build it, solve problems as you create and celebrate the end creation. This activity can last all day with new enhancements. Bring in teddies for a picnic, add books to read and toys to explore. Make the room dark and explore with torches to see what shapes you can make. 

2-Tower building- Toddlers love to create different towers and shapes. Use tradition blocks or have a hunt for any boxes and recycling you have around the house that you can use to create a tower or model of their choosing. Enhance the activity by adding people, animals and cars to role play with. Telling stories using the creation will allow children to explore different language and sentence structure. They will use more descriptive words to describe what is happening. 

3-Get Messy-Mix some flour and water together to create some mess. Using pots and pans you can role play restaurants and cooking. This builds on the child’s understanding of the world around them and how we do things. Skills that will be important later. Talk about textures and smells by adding in some different additions for example vanilla, lavender, rice and anything else that’s spare. 

4-Outdoor environment sounds-Go into the garden to explore what you can hear. Before you can make a big set of ears to wear so the child has a visual cue for listening. Stand or sit and listen for sounds. Ask what they can hear and discuss the sound. Enhance this activity by creating a tick sheet of sounds to listen for with pictures, again to help with a visual clue. Extend it further by drawing what you can hear or finding pictures in books of what you can hear. 

A great resource to use for ideas is: 

https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk  

This resource was created by the government to give parents ideas of home activities for children age 0-5 years. 

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/parents/parents-birth-to-five/ 

Twinkl have provided ideas for parents for home learning. 

www.foundationyears.org.uk/parents 

Foundation years offering advice for parents. 

www.parentsintouch.co.uk 

Various resources to help children under 5. 

www.nhs.uk/start4life 

Advice for parents during pregnancy and the start of your babies’ journey. 

https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/0778-What-to-Expect-When-2018.pdf 

Change 4 life offer ideas for 10 minute active activities. They can be done inside and out.

https://www.nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up/shake-ups?filter=the-incredibles#shakeups-hub 




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