Little Acorns

Home learning play ideas WB 15.6.20


1. Mark making with tea and coffee

No paints at home, no problem! There are so many things that you will have in your cupboards at home that your child can use in the same way as paint. They will probably even find it more exciting. Mark making with tea and coffee is so simple to do and easy to get hold of.  Tea and coffee (without milk) can be made us usual and left to cool. You can also allow your girls to make marks using the tea bags themselves once they have cooled too. You can make the colours of the coffee darker by adding more granules. My little ones enjoyed having dried coffee granules and mixing them with water independently.

2. Potato printing.

Simply pour paint onto a plate or bowl then cut at potato in half and allow your child to dip into the paint them make prints. You can also make princes with apples, pears, oranges etc or sponges, balls of paper or tin foil. Have a try and see what patterns you can make using items other than a paint brush.

3. Paint rolling.

This activity is great fun for children. Place a sheet of paper inside a baking tray, plastic food tray or even Tupperware box. Add some different splodges of coloured paint around the paper. Drop a small ball, marble or like us a round fruit (tangerine!) To the tray. Hold the sides of the tray or box, then tilt the tray to make the ball move and create some amazing artwork!

4. Bubble wrap pop.

Keep hold of all that bubble wrap you get inside delivery boxes. Spread it out onto the table or floor and see how many different objects you can use to pop the bubbles.
We tried with toy hammers, tweezers, rolling pins, blocks, toys cars and small world fingers. Lots of fun and great to get those fine and gross motor hand muscles working.

5. Tea party!

Have you thrown a tea party for your toys yet? You should it’s probably one of their birthdays. Don’t forget to bake a cake and bring lots of treats to your toy tea party. Maybe you could even make the food from playdough. Don’t forget to sing happy birthday and of course there will need to be music and party games. Can you remember how to play musical statues and musical bumps? A dance competition is a must too!

Home learning and play idea WB 8.6.20


1.Leaf Kebabs

Find a stick while out on a walk or in your garden, use the stick to make leaf kebabs. Each time you find an interesting leaf on your with a different shape or colour that you’d like simply use the end of the sick to make a small hole in the leaf and push it down to the bottom of the stick. How full will your leaf be by the end of your walk?!

2. Egg smash

Try to save your empty egg shells and egg boxes this week to try this fun activity. You could try drawing simple pictures, or different colours in the top of each egg for your child to find then crack.

3. Can you find…

Use paper to write numbers on or flash cards and help your little one to find items to match the number E.g 2 cars, 3 balls, 4 Lego blocks, 5 socks.

4. Making marks on different materials.

Collecting a range of material, your recycling box is a great place to start. Use pens, paints, crayons or pencils to make marks on the different materials. Talk to your child about the texture and shape of the materials and how it changes the way that the marks are made or look.

5. Big water play

A great outdoor activities that will keep your little ones busy for ages. Fill a variety of different sized tubs and pots with water you can add food colouring or a small blob of paint to change the colour of the water too. Add jugs and smaller pots trays and tubes if you have them to allow for some tipping pouring and mixing.


Home learning and play ideas WB 18.5.20


Dandelion activities.
Dandelions are super easy to find at the moment so get outside and get collecting – remember to make some wishes too!

1. Printing

Once you’ve collected some dandelions place them and their stalks and leaves onto some white paper or white material. Then allow your child to tap and bang onto them. We used some wooden children’s hammers from a play tool kit, but rolling pins or pebbles would also do the trick. When you lift the dandelion parts you will notice the colours and marks they have left behind.

2. Handprint dandelions

Simply support your child in painting their hand in yellow paint then to make a print on paper. Green stems and leaves can be added using a paint brush or finger tips. This does not have to be perfect, it’s your child’s idea or impression of a dandelion that we are after. Having one or two dandelions on the table for them to look at can also be very helpful.

3. Lifecycle.

Try to collect dandelions at each of the different stage of their lifecycle, talk to your child about the changes and what is happening. You could also work together order the dandelions as shown in the picture.
Don’t forget to spend lots of time helping to blow those magical little seeds about.

4.  Painting wishes

To create this simple but effective impression on dandelion seeds tie a handful of cotton buds together with and elastic band and dip into paint. You can also use cream such as a small dip vaseline or E45 then dip the buds into flour or talcum powder and onto the black paper or card. I drew the stems and leaves on for my daughter

5.  Mark making with water.

On the picture above my daughter is using water and an old paintbrush to ‘paint’ a large dandelion head on our garden path. It doesn’t have to be dandelions though, let your children make marks in this way it’s such a quick, easy, cheap and clean activity – what’s not to like!


Learning and play activities WB 11.5.20


1.Nature’s paint brushes.

While out on your daily exercise walk collect some branches, leafs, sticks and flowers, one you get home you can use these items as your own natural paint brushes. I squirted the paint out onto plastic plates to make it easier for the children to dip and cover their ‘brushes’ and cut the sides off a cardboard box that on online delivery had arrived in, for the children to paint on, but paper or old sheet would also work for this activity.

2. Big bubble blowing


For this activity all you need is a tray or bowl of water washing up liquid or shower gel and a straw and blow! Children love to see the volume of bubbles increase as either you or they blow down the straw. How high can you make your bubble mountain?

3. Ice painting

Simply freeze water in a Tupperware box for a large block of ice over night if you do not have a suitable container normal sized ice cubes will work just as well. Then allow your child to paint the cubes. This is a great opportunity for children to explore mixing colour and seeing how the colours change as the ice melts, the feel and temperature or the ice as well as describing what is happening to the ice as it changes from a solid to a liquid.

4. Save the superheroes!

For this activity you will need some tubs suitable to freeze water in – take away tubs work brilliantly. Add small toys to the water before freezing and if you’re feeling fancy and have some in the cupboards then add food colouring too. When we played this activity last week I hid some super hero toys for my children to free from the ice. They used tools from their builders set to crack the ice, but spoons would work just as well.

5. Foam play


For this activity I put a small of water and lot of washing up liquid in to a large storage container, then the children and I used different tools such as a tennis’s racket, a toy garden fork and our hands to mix the water. This created some lovely big bubbles but as you continue to mix this then turns to foam. My children had fun standing, sitting and slashing in the foam. This activity does not need to be done on such a large scale though, we have also made ‘foam cakes’ from a much smaller amount of foam made in a small bowl using forks and whisks. I then took some of the foam added it to small bowls and tubs and let the children play using spoons to mix and jugs to pour. I also added food colouring food to this foam a small blob of paint would also work.


Home learning and play activities 4.4.20


1. Float or sink

Another simple water play activity. Collect a range of house hold items and toys. Fill up a bowl with water, if you’ve not got one use the sink and have a go at guessing or predicting with your child which items will float and stay on top of the water and which will sink and go under or to the bottom of the water. You could sort the objects into groups once you’ve found out.

2. Toy rescue

Wrap up toys in string, wool, tape, or paper and have your little ones try to rescue them using child scissors, if you’ve no scissors at home then trying wrapping the toys up in paper like you would a present. You can use any type of paper, tissue or napkin. This is a great play opportunity for them to get strengthening those hand muscles and practicing using scissors.

3. Homemade puzzle

Take a selection of your child’s favourite toys or household objects. Place them into paper and draw around the outline of the object. Your child then has to match up all the objects correct to its shape. You could also do this outdoors with chalk on the path.

4. Homemade musical instruments

An oldie but goodie. Let your little one bang, tap and drum on some household objects such as pots and pans using a wooden spoon. Help your child to sing some familiar nursery rhymes while playing. Play along with them, can they follow your beat.
Maybe you could try making music like in the picture below using glasses. We put water inside of the glasses at different levels to see how it would change the sound each item made. Lots of fun!

5. Frozen toys

Place some small toys or objects into a container, Tupperware boxes or muffin cases are perfect. Add water and freeze over night. You can add food colouring or paint to change the colour of the ice too.
The let your child explore the ice next day, by tipping it out onto a tray or into a bowl watching the ice melt and their toys being freed. You could also provide your child with play tools if the have them to let them chip away at the ice, if not tea spoons could also be used. Talk about the feel of the ice, what is inside, how the ice changes as it melts and finally enjoy some more water play!


Home learning play activities
W/B 27.4.20


1.  Can you make a den or homes for your small toys and animals?
The picture below shows some dens me and my son made together using some objects we found outdoors like twigs and leaves. Maybe you could collect these resources whilst out on your daily walk. You could also use other objects found around the your home such as blocks, pots, pans, card and paper to construct your mini dens.


2. Water play – Can you make flower potion?
Water play is always a firm favourite with young children and you don’t need anything fancy to do this. Your washing up bowl/ mixing bowls/ storage containers on a tiled floor with a towel under or better still out on the lawn are enough. Add cups, jugs spoons to encourage scooping pouring and mixing.


3. Flower crowns!
To make these crowns we used double sided tape on paper which I cut to size. My children took the crown’s out on our daily walk and stuck flowers, leaves and twigs on as we walked. If you’ve no tape why not collect your resources then glue them on to your paper once you get home. We’ve also made flower bracelets using kitchen or loo roll cardboard tubes. If you’ve no glue or tape flowers and plants can be held on with string or elastic band.



4. Target practice!
Fill up a used, clean plastic bottle of tomato sauce/ mayonnaise with water – aim and fire! On the picture below my children are aiming for shapes I’d drawn on the path with chalk. If you’ve chalk at home the possibilities are endless of what you could draw for your child to aim for. You could also provide a bucket or tub for your child to aim into or simply allow them to water the plants clean the shed or path. This one will keep them busy for a while – lots of refills required!


5. Can you make a playdough snake? 
Encourage your little one use their whole bodies to push and roll out a playdough snake with your help. Talk about size and length. Put the snakes in size order which is the biggest and longest, which is the smallest and shortest? You could even get out the ruler and have a go at measuring. This is a great way to talk about number in everyday play.
You could also try this activity with a variety of different length sticks – get collecting!


Have fun Little Acorns, I shall look forward to hearing about your week!

Mrs Ogden


Little Acorns Learning and Play Activities
W/B 20.4.20

Investigating colours

1.  Nature Colour Collection

You will need: an empty egg box.

Paint or colour the spaces inside of your egg box, Once dried when you go for your daily exercise, or look in your garden for natural treasures that match the colours in your egg box and collect some of these by putting them into the egg box Some examples might be; flower buds, a variety of leaves, feathers, sticks, flower petals.

Bring them back home and talk about what you have found, the colours and where they have come from. Maybe you could try drawing or painting them?

Tips for supporting your child:

Talk to your child about the different colours/ shades of colours in the objects.
Feel and talk about the texture of the objects.
Think about any other places we might find objects like these, or where we wouldn’t find them and why.
Have a few quiet moments outside and listen to the sounds around you. What is making them?

2. Rainbow Scavenger Hunt.

Can you find the items on this list?

3. Colour Car Hunt.


While out in your daily walk or from your garden or window try to keep track of some the different coloured cars that pass you by. This is a great time for younger children to try this as there is much less traffic in the roads and so easier to see and record. If you can’t print of the chart below, try making your own like in the second picture. Just use a pen to mark on your score if you’ve not got any stickers.

4. Toy colour sort

Help your child to collect and sort toys and objects around your home and garden into colour groups.

5. Some ‘colour’ stories and songs for you to enjoy this week.


Whilst we are closed why not have a try of some of the activities below.


1. Read the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar, if you’ve not got the book at home follow this link, it will take you to the story.

2. Can you learn this caterpillar song?
(Sung to the tune of She’ll be coming round the mountain)

There’s a tiny caterpillar on a leaf – wiggle, wiggle.
There’s a tiny caterpillar on a leaf – wiggle, wiggle.
There’s a tiny caterpillar, a tiny caterpillar, tiny caterpillar on a leaf.

He will eat the leaves around him till he’s full – Munch, munch.
He will eat the leaves around him till he’s full – Munch, munch.
He will eat the leaves around him, eat the leaves around him, eat the leaves around him till he’s full.

A cocoon is what he’s spinning for his home- spin, spin.
A cocoon is what he’s spinning for his home- spin, spin.
A cocoon is what he’s spinning, cocoon is what he’s spinning, cocoon is what he’s spinning for his home.

Now he’ll be a butterfly and fly away – flutter, flutter.
Now he’ll be a butterfly and fly away – flutter, flutter.

Now he’ll be a butterfly, be a butterfly, be a butterfly and fly away

3. Go on a caterpillar hunt on your daily walk or in your garden. Remember to look and not to touch, we don’t want to hurt any caterpillars!

4. Ask an adult to cut some circles from paper, can you make your own caterpillar by sticking the circles next to each other on paper. Maybe you could give your caterpillar some eyes and legs too.

5. Using the play dough recipe (from our class blog) see if you can create your own playdough caterpillar. You could do this by rolling balls them squashing them to make flat circles.

Termly Newsletter

Hello and welcome to Little Acorns!

Mrs Ogden and Miss Leigh are ready and waiting to share lots of exciting experiences and learning opportunities with the youngest members of our Oak View family.

Our sessions run Monday to Friday, from 8.30 to 11.30.


During a typical session children are welcomed into the setting to explore and play, with a light breakfast offered. Children can then gather in our cosy carpet area to sing our ‘hello song’ together, before choosing which of our carefully thought out activities to investigate first.


A healthy snack and milk is provided and whole group activities such as story and song time, circle games and dance and movement are incorporated into our sessions daily for the children (and staff!) to enjoy, ending each session together with our ‘goodbye’ song.


We use the incidental learning or ‘in the moment planning’, as the main basis of our planning as this is where the children are truly using and applying knowledge, understanding and skills. We also incorporate themed activities during interesting events and times during the year.

We then use our knowledge of the children, using their interests and how they learn, to make careful and meaningful observations to help plan for their next steps with focused activities.

We know that children develop different skills and understanding at different paces and we plan for this using a wide range of play activities and resources. During each session children will have the opportunity to participate in messy and sensory play, which is free flowing. These types of activity help to put your child in control of their play and experiences.  Playing in this way helps to build confidence and encourages independence.
We are also working hard to incorporate the usage of ‘loose parts’ play within the setting. This involves  the use of natural or upcycled materials that children can move, manipulate, control, and change within their play. This type of play is important for our very young children as it can allow for curiosity and a deeper imaginative play to motivate learning.


We request that Little Acorns wear comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and footwear that parents and Guardians don’t mind their little ones getting messy in!
Coats/jackets should be sent in each day along with a drinks bottle for water and a small bag containing a couple of changes of clothing and nappies and wipes (should your child require them)

We like to get outside rain or shine so wellies and raincoats are very useful.
Please remember to label and name each item that is sent into school.