Thinking Day

Hello, my name is Gemma Everson and I am a children’s author, a teacher and also a mum.

Our brains are amazing thinking machines and today we will be exploring maths, science and the world around us through our four activities.

Solving Puzzles – Hidden Jewels

We will start with a maths activity to get our brains thinking! This puzzle is called ‘Hidden Jewels’ and you will need some objects like cotton reels and some bowls to hide them. In this challenge you will be arranging objects into groups and recognising how many there are without counting.

This activity teaches your child an important maths skill called ‘subitising’. Our brains can recognise patterns of numbers up to 5 or 6 like on a dice. Any more than this and your brain starts to see them in separate parts e.g. 7 would be a 5 and a 2.

Find things out – Lava Lamp

Now we will be making a lava lamp using some simple household materials. You will need a small empty bottle, water, vegetable oil, food colouring and an effervescent tablet. Follow the instruction on the sheet below to make a marvellous lava lamp and observe what happens.

 

This activity teaches your child an important maths skill called ‘subitising’. Our brains can recognise patterns of numbers up to 5 or 6 like on a dice. Any more than this and your brain starts to see them in separate parts e.g. 7 would be a 5 and a 2.

Finding things – Texture Hunt

Get your wellies on and head outside! We are thinking about textures now such as hard, soft, squishy and stretchy. Send us some photographs of what you find!

This activity will help to develop your child’s thinking skills by exploring the world around them. Encourage them to use the vocabulary associated with texture.

Explain something – feely box

Follow my instructions to make a feely box out of an old box and a T-shirt. Put some objects inside and see if you can think about what they are. Can you describe them to your grown up using the texture words we thought about in Activity Three?

This activity will develop your child’s vocabulary and help them to apply it in a different context. Your child will have to think really carefully about what they are holding and touching as they cannot see it so encourage them along the way.

Extension

If you would like to do a little bit more, perhaps you might like to learn more about famous thinkers such as Albert Einstein!

The Lion and the Fox told By Jude Lennon

Snuggle up for a bedtime tale with Jude, Lamby and Flossie.