Yr R Other Activities for week commencing 29th June

Thoughts on a spoon (see Reflection sheet) – Link to The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Food
(Maths link – measurement -longer/shorter, bigger/smaller etc)

The following activities will take place in school so you will only need to do these if your child is not returning to school.

We use spoons every day and it was probably one of the first tools you learnt to use. Discuss what we use them for; to eat, stir and serve food. Have you used a spoon today? How many different types of spoons can we think of? (teaspoon, pudding, wooden spoon, serving, medicine…) Discuss what they are made of and why. Think about which type of spoon you use the most. Are all spoons the same size? Group the spoons into spoons for eating, for cooking and for serving. Make a collection of spoons and order them by size.

Activity 1
Discuss with your child their favourite foods. Talk about those foods that are good for us and those that should only be eaten in small quantities. Do we use a spoon to eat any of these foods? Draw a picture the foods that you use a spoon to eat and the foods that you don’t use a spoon to eat and label them. Discuss why it is easier to eat some foods with a spoon while others are much more difficult or even impossible!

Activity 2 Listen to the story of ‘The very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle  Using paper and 2d shapes to draw around, Can you make your own caterpillar. What shapes will you use? Will it be long or short? Compare the length of caterpillars – whose is longer? Whose is shorter? Can you find something that is longer than your caterpillar or shorter than your caterpillar? Can you find something that is the same length? Either use the Hungry Caterpillar food cards, or draw the foods yourself and discuss how many of each the caterpillar. Did he eat more healthy foods or more unhealthy foods? Compare quantities.

Activity 3 Use The very Hungry Caterpillar Ate sorting activity (from Twinkl)  Can you remember the names of the foods he ate? Can you draw each food and write the name of the food next to each picture? Activity 4 Make stick puppets and re-tell the story of ‘The very hungry Caterpillar’. Your child can either use the downloadable sheet and cut out the characters or they can draw or make their own using craft materials. Encourage them to re-tell the story. They may want to act it out along with the video of the story (see link above).

Further activities for all children

Expressive Arts and Design; Provide your child with a pipecleaner and some beads with which to make a caterpillar. Discuss how they are going to do this. Will it be a pattern? How long will it be? Can they count the beads? Ask your child to draw and make a leaf for their caterpillar. Using a hole punch they can punch some holes and then thread the caterpillar through (if the holes are large enough) as if he is eating it!

Knowledge and Understanding of the world (link to science and maths); Encourage your child to make a caterpillar/butterfly themed lunch or snack. Discuss the foods that they will use. Are they healthy or unhealthy? While preparing the snack there should be opportunities to discuss colour, shape, size and even the possibility of looking at halves!

Physical development; Make your own very hungry caterpillar by cutting across a tennis ball to make a mouth. Add a face to your caterpillar. You can feed your caterpillar various objects such as pom-poms, buttons, stones or pasta. Squeezing the tennis ball will open it’s mouth and help develop the strength in your child’s hand. Encourage them to count the number of objects that it is fed. Using both hands will help to strengthen both hands.

Understanding the world/Expressive Arts and Design; Go on a walk to collect some natural resources such as leaves, flowers, pinecones, stones etc. Discuss with your child what they are, where they were found, where they come from (for example from a tree) and what will happen to them next ( for example, they may be a seed that will grow into a new plant or tree). Using the resources collected encourage your child to make their own representation of an insect and take a photo of it. What do they already know about that particular insect? Can they find out one more interesting fact to share about it.

I have included a maths game sheet based on the hungry caterpillar if you would like to play it with your child. There are three different sheets for differing abilities. The first version uses one dice and the child will roll it and identify the number, colouring a matching food. The second sheet uses two dice so your child has to add the numbers together and the third sheet has three dice so they have to add three numbers together. Encourage your child to subitise the numbers on each dice (this means identify them without needing to count) and to count on when adding numbers, rather than counting from 1.


Food we use a spoon to eat

Roll add and colour with three dice

roll add and colour with two dice

Roll and colour with one dice





Thoughts on a spoon

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