Topic In EYFS we cover a lot of the areas of learning through our topic. This half term our topic is about spring, how things grow and lifecycles. Ask your child what they know about spring? How do plants grow, what do they need? If you can get hold of some seeds, you could plant a flower in a pot or in the garden, and watch what happens day by day.
Your child could look for flowers growing either in the garden or when they go out for exercise. They could take a photos of the flowers and draw them when they get home. You could explain the main parts of a flower are the petals, the stem, the leaves and the roots.
Our first story is ‘The Tiny Seed’ by Eric Carle, and I have put the link to this story on Youtube so that you can follow the link and the children can hear the story.
Or second story is 'Oliver's Fruit Salad' by Vivian French, and I have added this link too. You could try making a simple fruit salad with your child by cutting any fruit and adding orange juice or lemonade.
I have also put a link to 2 songs that they may enjoy and that we would have learned as class songs if we had been in school – ‘I’m a spring chicken’ and ‘Farmer plants the seeds’.
Playdough for models A lot of children love to make things out of playdough, and there are many things that they could make that link to our topic such as flowers, fruit, vegetables etc. The recipe we use for playdough is: 2 cups of plain flour, 1 cup of salt, 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar, 2 tablespoons of oil, 2 cups of hot water. Mix all the dry ingredients first and then add the wet ingredients.
Salt dough models I realise it may be difficult to get all the ingredients for playdough, so an alternative is salt dough which is 1 cup of flour, half a cup of salt, half a cup of water mixed together. Salt dough models can be baked in the oven on a low temperature and then painted when cooled.