This week’s theme is My World.
There are some online activities about different places in the UK and the World, some about the oceans and continents- but you can also explore things in your home and local area.
Walk in the woods to explore features/complete a checklist, treasure map of the house, experiencing/exploring the weather (sorting items/clothes for different weathers), looking after their world (reusing/recycling - making items from cardboard boxes/plastic bottles etc.)
Use Google maps and streetview to explore where you live.
Can you identify where you live? Your house number? Do you know your address? You could write a letter to a friend or family member and write their address, can you find where your family and friends live on a map?
Go on a walk and make a ‘journey stick’ with items found attached using string, eg. Twigs, leaves, stone, feather, etc.
The understanding the world activity: Sensory Baskets
Sensory baskets are a brilliant motivation to explore different materials and their properties. Consider creating different collections of items that all belong to the same environment. Not only will this give a chance to create logical connections in their minds, but you get the opportunity to observe the things that interest each individual child the most.
The understanding the world activity: Composting
The ‘magic’ of watching food leftovers turning into soil might be just the way to keep active and foster curiosity about the outdoor environment.
The understanding the world activity: Wildlife Gardening
A simple twig pile in an undisturbed corner of the garden or a rotting tree trunk is enough to attract a range of wildlife to your setting’s outdoor area. It can be a true delight for the children to observe how different insects and invertebrates find shelter, feed, and collaborate.
People and Communities
People and Communities is all about encouraging kids to find out similarities and differences between their friends’ families, traditions and personalities and their own.
The understanding the world activity: Family Photos
Create a memory box that you can share with the children randomly during the day. Feeling a bit more crafty? Try making an actual family tree, or a wall display, or a photobook – any way you approach it will work so you can feel connected with your home environment
Outdoor Treasure Hunts
When the weather is nice, hold an outdoor treasure hunt. Use clues to point to items or locations in the garden or outside the house.
Photo Treasure Hunts
Treasure hunts involving cameras are a fun way of incorporating technology in the mix. Children love using devices to augment their daily experiences. There are two ways to do this. You can use "photo clues" and take pictures of odd nooks and crannies in your home. Print out the images and place them as a pointer, directing the child how to find the next spot.
Children might appreciate a photo-only treasure hunt, which is suitable for those who are old enough to use digital cameras or smartphones. In this scenario, the child will be taking the photos. Make a list of items in the home or outside and ask them to take a photo of that item. Give the child a set period to find the object and take their photographs.