This page provides a variety of activities and ideas which you can share with your child at home.
New content will be added regularly.
Latest update: Tuesday 26th May
This page has been designed to provide our families with activity ideas which can be shared at home to support their child's learning and development. We have also included some links to other useful websites which provide ideas and activities.
Coronavirus, and the changes to every day life, can be a difficult subject to discuss with young children. This book, written by Professor James G Logan, a parent at one of our nurseries, is designed to help support this discussion with children under 5. Click here to download Dr Dog
Staying Safe at Nursery
An animated story designed to prepare children for the new operating procedures in nursery, like the drop off and collection process at external access points to the building and the use of masks in the event colleagues are required to wear them.
You can view it here
All activity items should be checked by an adult, prior to use, to ensure that they are appropriate for the age of your child.
Alphabet memory from 40 months to 60 months
Bowling alley from 24 months
Box play from birth to 60 months
Bubble play from 22 months to 60 months
Bubble snake from 30 to 60 months
Build a bug hotel from 24 months
Can you feel...? from birth to 26 months
Colour and shape hunt from 18 months
Composting from 22 to 60 months
Dark and light play from 22 to 60 months
Fizzing rocks from 30 to 50 months
Gloop from birth to 60 months
Gruffalo cupcakes from 24 to 60 months
Harry's hand washing chart from 18 months
Harry's hand washing guidance all ages
Heavy or light? from 30 to 60 months
Hide and seek sounds game from 24 to 42 months
How much is it? from 40 to 60 months
It's lunch time from 30 to 60 months
Junk modelling from 18 months
Keep a tally from 36 to 60 months
Kitchen role play from 18 to 60 months
Lego printing from 22 to 60 months
Lego tech from 30 to 60 months
Letter and number hunt from 22 to 60 months
Literacy activities suitable for children under 2
Making marks from birth to 36 months
Matching socks from 22 to 40 months
Mission impossible from 30 months
Mud pies from 22 to 60 months
Outdoor play - various ideas all ages
Pepper and soap - germs from 40 to 60 months
Photo treasure chest from 9 to 60 months
Planting seeds from 8 to 60 months
Playdough recipe from 12 months
Pom poms from 24 months
Self portraits from 36 to 60 months
Sensory baskets from birth to 26 months
Sensory tummy time from 4 to 10 months
Small World activity ideas from 18 months
Songs and rhymes all ages
Sound hunt from 36 months
Story sacks from 22 to 60 months
Texture rubbing from 24 to 60 months
Treasure basket play under 12 months
Washing up from 24 months
Water play from 8 months
Please upload any photos of activities at home to ParentZone. Instructions on how to do this are below:
Read Write Inc.
Read Write Inc. Phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step.
The following videos introduce you to the Read Write Inc. programme used within our nurseries.
The following videos have been created by our colleagues.
3 Little Ducks by Cedar Park
5 Cheeky Monkeys by River View
5 Currant Buns by Highfield
5 Fat Sausages by Brinds Well
Animal hunt by Brinds Well
Buenos Dias by Cedar Park
Days of the week by Highbury Lodge
Fruit kebabs by Brinds Well
Happy and You Know It by Greengables
Makaton signs by Willows
Make your own musical instruments by Brinds Well
Miss Polly by Greengables
Mrs Honey's Hat by Devonshire
Old MacDonald by Knowle Green
Old MacDonald by Nursery on the Green
On the farm by Cedar Park
Origami cups by Brinds Well
Peek-a-boo song by Brinds Well
Rainbow Song (sing and sign) by Willows
Room on the Broom by Knowle Green
Songs in French and Turkish by Woodcote
Story sack by Nursery on the Green
Ten in the Bed by River View
Ten Terrible Dinosaurs by West Cambridge
The Gruffalo by West Cambridge
The Gruffalo by Woodcote
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Nature Trails
Tiny Turtle by Greengables
What's in the Box? by Brinds Well
Wind the Bobbin by Greengables
Zog by Knowle Green
The following websites provide various activities or resources for children from birth to 5 years. You can find our online guidance for parents and carers here
Hungry Little Minds
Supported by the DfE – activities for parents/carers to engage in with their children aged birth to five years old. Includes electronic links to a variety of other Early Years online resources.
Interactive stories and games.
Lots of links to resources and guidance.
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for young children.
The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos.
Crash Course Kids
You Tube videos on many subjects for a younger audience.
Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges do cost but are optional.
Listening activities for the younger child.
Lots of fun games to play, songs to sing, stories to listen to – linked to children’s favourite TV characters/programmes.
Fun ways with numbers. Including: counting, adding on, subtraction.
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location.
The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities – you need a Facebook account to access the page.
The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Five Minute Mum
Lots of fun ideas. Provides an outline of how parents/carers could structure their day. In addition, she is planning to provide a video a day on what games to play.
Lingumi (For children aged 2-5): Sets of learning games, speech recognition games and video-based games to help with a child’s grammar and getting them speaking their first words early on. https://lingumi.com/
Kaligo (For children aged 3-5): The first digital handwriting exercise book using a stylus and tablet, built using AI and co-created with teachers, occupational therapists and neuroscientists. https://www.kaligo-apps.com/