Today’s Activities

You can do any of these tasks, in any order (but we've suggested a timetable).
Take as long as your little ones want for each task, let them use their imaginations! 

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Mandala Patterns

Hello My name is Mrs Tea. I used to be a teacher and am here to help with today's activities for your children.  

We are going to make some mandalas, you might not know what these are. Mandalas are circular often geometric patterns that you can create with anything around you. They come from a place of calm, helping children focus and understand symmetry and patterns, they can use these to count and even  before that gathering things to use is a fun activity.  This can be done outdoors or if you don't have access then you can do this with household items from your kitchen or pens and pencils. Use the interests of your child, such as lego, cars, trucks, even small soft toys, you could use a doll as the centre piece and items of their clothing to put around. Ideas are endless. Don't forget to take photos and post them to our gallery! Use the hashtags so we can see them! 

9.30am Activity:
Making a Mandala

Each mandala is specific to the person who creates it. Collect enough things that you can make a pattern with a centerpiece and spokes of a wheel to create a pattern. 

Grown Ups:

You will need to help your child gather some safe items such as spoons, lego, cars, pencils even to make patterns with. Find a centrepiece, something round.

You will be helping your child find and collect items that are safe to use and fun to create patterns with.  Use things your child is interested in to make patterns, from lego to spoons,toy cars to wooden utensils. Let them create and recreate, add and re make - children can become really focused and relaxed in this time as they make patterns and observe them. Let them put the things away after as closure to the activity and helping tidying! Take photos for them and send them to us we would love to see them too #EYFSHOME

10.30am Activity:
Nature Mandalas

Lets go and see what we can find outside to make a mandala with.

Grown Ups:

If you have a garden please enjoy this activity outside, even if it's wet you can gather the sticks, leaves, fallen petals etc and bring them in to make the mandalas or just get wellies and a brolly and crouch down with your child outside ! they usually don't care :) If you don't have a garden, use this opportunity to go for a walk, in a park or wherever you can. The idea is you gather 4 or 8s or similar things - 8 leaves, 4 small twigs, 4 sticks. 8 petals, 8 pinecones. So from leaves to pine cones, sticks to feathers we call this loose nature. Find something to use as a centrepiece and then allow your child to make patterns and count the items as they place them, create circles and talk about the pattern, then let them absorb themselves in creating. Talk to them about how this might blow away and they can make another one another day.

1:30pm Activity:
Number Mandalas

Counting and repeating patterns with Mandalas. You will need:

You will need - piece of paper, pen, a plate to draw around, another smaller round object and another even smaller - maybe a coin. A thick pen or crayons to draw with.

Grown Ups:

Help your child if necessary by holding the object or helping them do so. 

Take the largest object and draw around it, then the medium sized object and do the same, then small one so you have 3 circles inside each other - concentric circles. 

Divide the 2 bigger circles into 4 with lines and then write the numbers or help your older child write them 1, 2,3,4 in the sections around each of the circles. In each section let them draw the correct number of things ie 1 leaf in the section with a 1 in. talk about numbers, ask how high they can count, ask what they enjoyed the most this morning.

2:30pm Activity:
Circles and Patterns, Colours and Cutting

You will need - paper, pen or pencil and colouring pens, crayons or pencils. Round ended scissors. 3 different sized round things to draw round. Sellotape/sticky tape

Grown Ups:

Grown Ups: The children will draw round 3 different sized round things, a small plate, tin can, a lid, candle etc. They will draw patterns in colours and repeat the patterns. They can cut these out and then stick them together to form a mobile, using sticky tape. You could tape a piece of string or cotton or wool on to the back of the top to hang it up. 

If you've finished these and still have time for fun...

Mandalas were created by a religion called Buddhism. They were made in Tibet, India and Nepal. China Japan and Bhutan. These countries are all far away from Great Britain. Let's look at a map of the world and see where you are and see the countries where these are made.  Show the globe. Can you see where you are and where these other countries are?

Grown Ups:
Find a map or globe or look one up on the internet. Look at the countries. If your child is 4-5 they may know where their country is. If not show them and describe where we are, talk about the seas, the other countries.

Story time:
Goldilocks Story read by Lloyd King
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