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Hello everyone,

I hope that you are all safe and well. Here are a few suggestions for activities to support the nursery children's learning at home, until we are able to return to school. Remember that everyday activities with lots of lovely interaction are also a great way to develop your child's learning and language. Follow the links below to help you develop your child's language. There are some good ideas to try.

https://www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/language-for-life

 

https://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/resources/resources/resources-for-parents/

 

Week beginning 25th May

This week would have been half term at school. I am not going to set any formal literacy or numeracy activities for you to do at home with your child but I have found a few suggestions for things that you may like to do outside if we have some nice weather. I will look at Tapestry during the week so that if you need to contact me for any support please do. Have fun together and enjoy playing.

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Week beginning 18th May

 

Our phonics this week is:

Encourage your child to listen carefully as you sound out the words: pin, sat, tap, net. Try counting on your fingers e.g. c..a...t, 1,2,3 or you could practise using your robot arms and move them up or down for each sound. This really helps children early reading and writing skills.

 

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Good listening skills help with all learning, especially early phonics. Follow the link below to play an everyday sound listening game. Have fun.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/eyfs-listening-skills-inside-sounds/zr2m8xs

 

 

If you have the story ’We’re going on a bear hunt’, then read it to your child. If you haven’t, then follow the link below to an animated story of it, read by Michael Rosen himself.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gyI6ykDwds     

 

 

You could then talk with your child about what happened in the story and the order of the places that the family travelled through e.g. long wavy grass, thick oozy mud. Encourage your child to join in with any phrases that are repetitive e.g. ‘We’re going on a bear hunt.’ etc. You could use these pictures as a prompt.

Encourage your child to draw a picture of the bear and to write a label for him. Remember to encourage him/her to listen for the first sound in the word which he/she could have a go at writing. If he/she is not able to do this then you could write the label for him/her so that he/she sees a model of writing.

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Maths

Shapes: shape sorting household shapes.

Look for everyday objects that are in your house and sort them out into groups e.g. circles, squares, triangles and other shapes. Encourage your child to use the names of the shapes and to use words like straight, curved, round, edge etc as well. You may need to model this for him/her. Send me some photos on Tapestry please.

 

Look at this pirate shape picture. Can your child find:

4 circles, 2 triangles, 1 square, 5 rectangles.  

Follow the link below to listen to a 2d shape song and play an interactive game if you have a laptop.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf33y9q/articles/zrmkcqt         

     

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Play a fun game with a feely bag with objects to touch and describe. Collect a range of objects that feel different and put them in a bag or a box. Ask your child to put his/her hand in the bag and to touch the object and use the descriptive words e.g. rough, smooth, hard, soft, bumpy, spikey, shape, round, long etc. He/she will need some prompting with this activity and need you to model the words for him/her, but it is good fun. Take it in turns to play, that is a good way to teach your child the words.

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The recipe this week is: 'Tablespoon biscuits'. This is an excellent way of practising counting in fun way. You could use words like more/less to help develop mathematical understanding.

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This week try some outdoor challenges (if it’s not raining): collect 5 stones to paint, make some mud paint, have a picnic lunch outside with your favourite teddy or make an obstacle course in your garden. Send me some photos.

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Have fun together singing the song: ‘If you’re happy and you know it’ follow the link below for the tune and the words. Keep practising all the other songs that you know.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-if-youre-happy-and-you-know-it-clap-your-hands/z6rnmfr

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Week beginning 11th May

 

Listen to the story ‘Peace at last’, this story is on Tapestry or follow the link below. This is one of our favourite stories in nursery. Ask your child some questions about the story e.g. can you remember what kept Mr Bear awake in the kitchen or the garden? If your child finds this a bit tricky then give him/her some prompts. However, you could ask your child trickier questions like ‘How did Mr Bear feel?’ or ‘Why was he so sad?’ etc. Your child could draw a picture of Mr Bear and try and write a label for him.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U9y35kWBvM

 

You could go on a sound walk, at home, in the garden or whilst you are on a walk. Encourage your child to listen carefully to all the different sounds. Your child could draw a picture of what he/she heard, or you could just talk about them. You could model the words loud and quiet and try and encourage your child to use them too.

Listen to the story ‘Peace at last’, this story is on Tapestry or follow the link below. This is one of our favourite stories in nursery. Ask your child some questions about the story e.g. can you remember what kept Mr Bear awake in the kitchen or the garden? If your child finds this a bit tricky then give him/her some prompts. However, you could ask your child trickier questions like ‘How did Mr Bear feel?’ or ‘Why was he so sad?’ etc. Your child could draw a picture of Mr Bear and try and write a label for him.

 

 

You could go on a sound walk, at home, in the garden or whilst you are on a walk. Encourage your child to listen carefully to all the different sounds. Your child could draw a picture of what he/she heard, or you could just talk about them. You could model the words loud and quiet and try and encourage your child to use them too.

 

Why not have a go at making a musical instrument this week. You will need some containers e.g. tubes, pots (e.g. yogurt, plastic bottles or tins), paper, tape, scissors and a filler like rice or pasta. Encourage your child to make it as independently as he/she can. When it is made you can sing nursery rhymes and play your instrument to accompany them!

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This week’s maths:

 

This week I would like you to go on a number hunt outside making collections of natural objects. You could do this in your garden or on a walk. I would like your child to look for 1 tree, 5 stones and 8 leaves. Encourage them to do some excellent 1 to 1 counting, carefully touching the objects. If your child is a super-duper counter see what else you can find and count those objects as well. Send me some photos on Tapestry.

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Practise recognising numbers to 10 on the Very Hungry Caterpillar, see if you can find those numbers in the house or collect small groups of objects (between 1-10) from a bigger collection. This is trickier than just counting a row or an arrangement of objects. Encourage your child to count the objects into your hand or into a bowl e.g. 6 buttons or 4 sweets. You might need to give them a strategy e.g. say ‘count the sweets’ as you put them in the bowl to help.

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If you have some paint at home, why not let your child try some printing. You will need: paint, some containers to put the paint in, a variety of objects of different shapes, potatoes or apples cut in halves or quarters. Encourage your child to use shape words e.g. round, circle, square, rectangle, square, triangle to. Your child could try to make a repeating pattern e.g. 2 colours like red, blue, red, blue etc. Send me some photos on Tapestry.

 

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This week I thought we would develop early science skills. You could do this activity outdoors, or in the sink or bath. The challenge is to find 5 things that float and 5 things that sink. To begin with, check that your child understands the concept of floating and sinking and can use the words correctly. If he/she can’t then you could keep modelling the words for him/her until he/she can use them independently. Then find 5 things that float/sink and send me some photos!

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Our recipe:

This week I have found a recipe for dinosaur biscuits. I thought that they looked fun to make but wondered if you could get away with using vanilla essence rather than scraping the seeds from a vanilla pod and if you could use a cutter to make the circles rather than a knife. That way the children could be more involved. Send me some photos on Tapestry.

 

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Week beginning 4th May

In our phonics this week, we are continuing to practise blending sounds. Play a game with you child about a visit to a farm. If you have some play farm animals, you could use these to help. You say, ‘I went to the farm and I saw a p…i…g’. Can your child blend the sounds together to make the word? Try the words: cat, dog, pig, cow, hen. Let your child have a go at giving you the clues.

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Have a go at ‘I spy’ with blending using these pictures or real objects with 3 syllables (e.g. peg). You say ‘I spy a c..a…t’ or a ‘s…o…ck’.  Can your child hear the object? Maybe your child can have a go and you can guess.

 

Don't forget to watch Alphablocks on CBeebies. This is s fun way to develop phonics too.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks

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If you have the story ‘The Very Hungry caterpillar’, then read it or follow the link to watch an animated story. Encourage your child to draw or paint a picture of the caterpillar or the butterfly. Send me some photos.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75NQK-Sm1YY

 

If you would like to download the free CBeebies story telling app. The instructions are on the short video. Here is the link:

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/cbeebies-storytime-app

 

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This week for all you nursery chefs, try this healthy option ‘Magic Wand Fruit Kebabs’. I think that you could use any fruit that you have or that your child especially likes. This recipe develops cutting skills with a knife so it’s great for developing early writing skills!

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This week have a go at encouraging your child to write his/her name. Some children will still need to see a written model of their names so they can copy so you could write it for him/her. Then see if he/she can write it with a pencil, a pen, a crayon, with chalk, with paint or even in shaving foam if you are brave. Often children like to use whiteboard pens if you have one. If your child needs a bit more help, then you could write his/her name in yellow felt tip or crayon for him/her to copy over. I normally put a dot on the starting point of each letter, so he/she knows where to start, and I talk through the direction that the pencil needs to move in.

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In maths this week we are going to do some sorting. Make a collection of things from around the home or garden with some similar properties. Ask your child to sort them out and see if he/she can spot the similarities e.g. same colour, size, shape etc. Prompt him/her to look for something similar if he/she can’t see anything e.g. this is yellow, can you find something the same colour etc. Encourage your child to explain to you how he/she has sorted the objects.

 

If we have some dry weather have a go at playing throwing and catching a ball in the garden and counting the number of catches that you can do. Can you do 10 or more? Play this game to develop physical skills to help writing development as well as counting.

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This is the link for Number blocks with some really useful tips for developing your child's understanding of early number.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/joinin/numberblocks-help-your-child-with-maths

 

I have also included the link for BBC Bite size online activities to help with counting and one called 'sets'. They include songs and interactive games which may useful. 

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zhsspg8/articles/zfqcbdm      counting 1-10

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zhsspg8/articles/zfdgvk7        sets

 

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If we have a dry day go for a walk and making a collection of natural objects. Talk about what you have found either whilst you are walking or when you get home. Introduce new words e.g. petal, stem, flower, leaf, long, short etc

 

Here are some of the things that I found on my walk.......

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Week beginning 27th April

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all safe and well. These are some nursery ideas to help support your child's learning at home.  

 

 

This weeks phonics is:

Have another go at ‘Betha the bus’. Look at the picture of the bus with your child and chant ‘Bertha the bus goes to the zoo and who does she see as she passes through?’. Then talk about each animal picture in turn, stressing the beginning sound ‘c’ (as in ‘cat’). Maybe your child could think of other words that begins with a ‘c’ sound.

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An important aspect of early phonics is children’s ability to listen and be able to blend the sounds together to make words. Look at the animal pictures with your child and check your he/she knows what they are. Use a robot voice to sound out the words e.g. c…a…t, or d..o..g. Can your child hear the words and pick out the animal?

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Look on the cbeebies website and watch Alphablocks. Follow the link below, there are short programmes which your child might like to help with sounding out (blending).

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks

 

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'Two Little Dicky Birds' rhyme.

Try teaching your grown up to say the rhyme ‘Two little Dicky Birds’, remember to sing your other songs too! 

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Try these yummy looking flapjacks. They look quite easy to make but delicious.

 

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   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tr1ovFTpN7I 

 

 

Listen to Mog the forgetful cat on this link, you will need to put this in manually or search ‘Mog the forgetful Cat’ storytelling. Can your child draw a picture of Mog? Your child could try and write a label for Mog and he/she could write his/her name on the picture.

 

 

 

Nursery maths this week:

Sing 5 little ducks went swimming one day. Remember to practise counting to 5 and back from 5 and use words like more/fewer/less.

 

Say the rhyme 1 potato, 2 potato together. Your child should know the actions to this counting rhyme. If you have some potatoes (or any other fruit/veg) practise counting small groups. Your child will find it easier to count the potatoes in a row. When he/she has finished counting ask them to tell you how many potatoes there are and see if he/she can remember without recounting them! Start with a small number and increase up to 10 if he/she is a super counter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Encourage your child to have a go at building a model with either wooden bricks, Lego or any other construction kit that you have at home. This is a very good way of developing perseverance and concentration and can prompt good conversations with your child. Whilst you are playing you could talk about the size and shapes of bricks and use words like long, too long, short, too short, tall, taller, rectangle, square, curved, straight, flat etc.

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Look out from your windows. Can your child spot these birds in the garden? See if he/she can remember the names of the birds and if you can sit there for long enough can you count how many of each bird you can see or how many times you see the birds. Maybe you could encourage your child to make marks or collect an object for each bird or time e.g. bricks so that you can count how many.

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Week beginning Monday 20th April

 

Our phonics this week is all about  listening to the beginning sounds in words. Try playing ‘Bertha the bus’. Look at the picture of the bus with your child and chant ‘Bertha the bus goes to the zoo and who does she see as she passes through?’. Then talk about each animal picture in turn, stressing the beginning sound ‘d’ (as in ‘dad’). Maybe your child could think of other words that begins with a ‘d’ sound.

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Have a go at ‘Emma the Explorer’. She can’t read her list of things that she needs to pack in her bag for her adventure. Using letter sounds (c as in cat) sound out the words for your child and see if he/she can blend them together to find out what Emma needs to take e.g. m..a... p. You could draw pictures of the objects or find the real things at home!!

 

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This week have a go at making these delicious cupcakes. I thought they looked delicious.

 

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This week I thought that it would be nice to make a model from boxes. You will need to save some different shaped boxes and you will need scissors, glue and sellotape. If you think your child would like to paint the model afterwards it would be a good idea to turn the boxes inside out and reassemble afterwards. Talk to your child about what they would like to make. Use words like curved, straight, flat, round, rectangle, square, circle and possibly some 3D shape names like cylinder if you are using kitchen roll tubes. Help your child to make the model but encourage them to decide how to join it and what they could do if it doesn’t work. Let your child talk about his/her model. Send me some photos on Tapestry.

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This week join in with the song ‘5 currant buns. Keep practising the counting forwards to 10 and backwards from 5. Watch it on Tapestry or follow the link below.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-five-little-men-in-a-flying-saucer/z6qgscw

 

Have a go at teaching your grown ups ‘Open, Shut them’. I know that you are all good at singing it!

 

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See if your child can spot the numbers on the birthday cards. If he/she can’t tell you what the number is, see if they can point to the number on the card. Can he/she find any more numbers in the house or your garden?

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Have a go at counting the pictures in the rows. How many dogs? Bells? Make sure that your child uses his/her finger carefully and says one number for each object. If he she finds this tricky, practice with everyday objects which he/she an move. 

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Listen to the story ‘Whatever Next’ on Tapestry or follow the link below. You could ask your child questions like who did the bear see on the way to the moon? Etc. Your child could draw a picture of Baby bear.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c5cb0u0rPM

 

 

Week beginning 13th April

 

Can you play I spy?

Collect a group of objects e.g. toys or household objects. Check that your child knows what they are. Ask your child ‘I spy with my little eye something beginning with ……a…’. Can your child find the object? Your child could ask you (but this is a bit trickier!). You could also play I spy whilst out on your daily exercise or in different rooms in the house or even when you are reading a story.

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Keep practising the rhymes from last week but this week teach your grown ups how to sing 'heads, shoulders, knees and toes'.

 

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Listen to the story of ‘Dear Zoo’ on tapestry or follow the link below. See if your child can answer questions about the pictures e.g. why was the elephant not a good pet?’ etc. Can your child draw one of the animals in the story, his/her favourite one and try and write a label? Your child may be able to tell you the beginning sound of the words to label his/her picture, you could show them how to form the letter (remember to use the letter sounds rather than the names e.g. a as in apple). Don’t worry if they can’t hear the beginning sound, instead encourage them to ‘have a go’ at writing or you could scribe for him/her. Send me some photos of the pictures.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rudDGRQ9QGA

Here are my pets. I have two black Labradors, Lady and Ruby. Lady loves to say hello to every person and every dog that we see when we go for a walk. She is very gentle and likes to be stroked. Ruby likes to fetch her ball at the park but she doesn’t like it when she thinks that another dog wants to take her ball and she runs off with it. Ruby likes to run away with our socks! Talk to your grown up about your pet, can your grown up make a recording of you talking and send it to me. If you haven’t got a pet, tell me about your favourite animal.

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For our early maths this week keep practising 1,2,3,4,5, once I caught a fish alive. Also sing the song '5 little monkeys jumping on the bed' and encourage your child to count the monkeys each time and you could use the words more and less. I will post this on Tapestry but you could use this link below to find this rhyme and lots of other number and nursery rhymes and songs. We use this in nursery sometimes and the children really enjoy them.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-five-little-monkeys-jumping-on-the-bed/zm7rf4j

 

Also this week practise counting 2 groups of objects and using the words: more, fewer, less, lots, the same with your child. Here is a suggestion how....

 

Collect 2 groups of objects e.g. sweets, cars, bricks, socks, any household item (between 1-10). Ask your child to find out which group has more, or less/fewer in. Encourage your child to count carefully, touching each object as he/she counts. He/she may need support with counting carefully, so join in with him/her. Model the words e.g. ‘there are more cars than trains’ or ‘I have fewer or less sweets than you’ etc. Send me a photo on Tapestry of how well your child does.

 

Can your child count my groups of objects?

Which group has more/less or the same?

 

Have a go at counting the objects in my photos. Can you find the bowl with more or less or fewer in?

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Have a go at the yummy chocolate cake, send me some photos. There are more good children’s recipes on the bbc good food website.

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Have a look at the cbeebies website to find some nice Easter craft activities. I found an Easter egg suncatcher but there are some masks and other activities too.

Follow the link  https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/curations/cbeebies-house-makes 

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Week beginning Monday 6th April

 

Our phonics this week is:

Read the ‘Freddie frog’ pictures to your child, encourage your child to say the phrases with you, emphasising the repetitive ‘f’ sound. See if you can make up your own ‘alliterative’ sentences with different sounds. The children always like the funny ones the best!

 

On Tapestry there is the story ‘Fox’s Socks’. Listen to this story with your child and talk about the rhyming words e.g. fox, socks, box etc. Then look at the pictures and talk about the rhyming words, can you think of other words or find objects around your house that rhyme?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KwDgjJ0A8I

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  Listen to the story ‘The Teeny Tiny Tadpole’ on Tapestry. Ask your child questions about the story as you read it, for instance “what is happening to the tadpole?”, talk about the pictures together. Can your child draw a picture of the tadpole or frog or the big bad fish? Your child may be able to tell you the beginning sound of the words to label his/her picture, you could show them how to form the letter (remember to use the letter sounds rather than the names e.g. a as in apple). Don’t worry if they can’t hear the beginning sound, instead encourage them to ‘have a go’ at writing or you could scribe for him/her. Send me some photos of the pictures. 

                                        

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCnHpFmI5F4

Look at the pictures of the life cycle of the frog. Practise the words frog, froglet, eggs, tadpole and also use the words frogspawn, grow, change, swim or any other words that you can think of.
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Our maths this week is:

Practise counting to 10 every day. On tapestry there is a song to help with this ‘1,2,3,4,5, once I caught a fish alive’. You could sing other number songs that you know, I will send some more next week to help with this.

Join in with the song ‘5 speckled frogs’. Encourage your child to show the correct number of fingers. Count back from 5 when one frog jumps into the pond. Use words like less and more e.g. say. ’how many frogs are there in the pond now 1 more has jumped in?’ etc.

Look at the picture of the three little pigs on Tapestry. Can your child count how many of each item? Encourage him/her to use pointing carefully and support where necessary.

 

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Rhyming and songs are a fantastic way of developing your child’s speech and language and early reading. Sing the enclosed rhymes every day if you can, your child should know the tunes to ‘Incy wincy spider, we all clap hands together, I’m a little teapot, Row, row row your boat’.

Try making the ‘Easter nests’ with your child, let him/her help measure out the ingredients and talk about the change in the chocolate using the words melt and change, cool, hot etc. Encourage them to count out the numbers of eggs. Send me some photos of the finished cakes!!

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