Home Learning Ideas

Supporting home learning

Evidence suggests that parental involvement in early learning has a greater impact on our children’s well-being and achievement than any other factor. Children need a variety of positive learning experiences provided in a secure and loving environment if they are to achieve their full potential.


"Tell me and I forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I understand." — Chinese proverb


“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.”
― Rachel Carson


The staff at Cygnets Pre-School are more than happy to support parents and carers and provide guidance, regarding any aspect of their child’s development via Tapestry during closure, we have a mass of information to share with you as required.


Some activities suggested by ​our practitioners;



 You will need

  • Coloured Paper

  • Salt

  • Mark making tools e.g. paintbrush, stick,

  • And probably a hoover!




Depending on your child’s development they can create patterns, emotion faces, form letters or numbers etc.

Rainbow Salt Tray


Helping your child to plan the party

  • How old is your

  • How many teddies can they invite

  • What about invitations? Maybe    you could make some

  • What will they eat? Maybe you could draw a picture of the menu


What you will need;

Lollipop sticks (or cut paper to shape)

Colouring pens


How to play:

Take two lollipop sticks and colour a shape across the two sticks, half on each so that when the sticks are put together they make the shape. One at the top and one at the bottom.

Repeat on the amount of sticks you have. Different shapes and different colours

Place sticks randomly on table and ask child to match the sticks to make a full shape

Have a birthday party for your Child's favourite toy

Lollipop stick Shapes


Have a go at making your own musical shakers from things you can find around the house. You will just need a container with a secure lid and something to go inside to make the sound

Ideas for the container:

  • two yoghurt pots, plastic cups or paper cups taped or glued together

  • plastic bottle or plastic pot with the lid taped shut

  • Pringles crisps tube with the lid taped shut

  • plastic Easter egg (the kind with sweets or a toy inside)

  • empty toilet or kitchen roll tube with card or paper stuck to the end.

  • Tupperware container with the lid taped shut


Ideas of things to go inside

  • handful of rice

  • dried lentils

  • dried beans

  • small pasta shapes

  • beads


Additional ideas:

  • Make two or three shakers of with different containers or different things inside and see how the sound changes

  • Decorate the outside of your shaker

  • Play your shaker while you dance or sing along to your favourite song!

Rice Shakers

Please follow this link for further ideas from Class Room Secrets​ https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/

A parent friendly version of the Early Years Foundation Stage, Development Matters can be found at;



Please note that websites such as www.twinkl.co.uk  www.themuddypuddleteacher.co.uk  are providing age appropriate resources that can be downloaded for free.


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Humphries Way, Milton,
Cambridge CB24 6DL

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