E week has meant eggs, envelopes and every child’s favourite item – the elastic band!!
By coincidence the boy has become obsessed with elastic bands. He is fascinated by them all of a sudden. I have put this interested to good use to improve his fine motor skills. We used Duplo (another favourite) to make a base board and then he used elastic bands and stretched them over the Duplo pieces. He really enjoyed this and his fingers got stronger in the process. Subsequently I have found elalstic bands around door handles (to ”make my own guitar”)and wrapped around twigs (“it’s a bow and arrow”) and my once full elastic band ball is no more!!!
I am sure my children are not alone in that they LOVE a hunt of some kind. Eggs lend themselves naturally to hunting due to Easter egg hunts. Indeed, we go for an egg hunt during E week at our Sounds Right Phonics classes. To make the hunt a little more challenging I added letters to the eggs – just with a dry wipe pen. This was good revision of previous letters that we have covered. I then hid them in the garden and the pre-schooler and toddler hunted for them. I could hear shouts of “I found a S!” and “it’s a p” from the boy which was lovely to hear him recognising the letters.
Once all the lettered eggs had been located I made them into words and the pre-schooler had a go at blending them. This was just an extension of the egg hunt and I seized the opportunity to practise reading while he was so enthused by the egg hunt.
Our final activity this week wasn’t phonics based but gave opportunities to improve fine motor skills, recognise numbers as well as exposure to new language and this was all thanks to the humble envelope! I collected a range of different sized envelopes and we used them to make our own envelope city. Once glued in place he drew on doors and added stickers to be windows and door numbers. We talked about the different size of the envelopes and wondered which one could be a sky scraper and how many windows that might have. We also talked about two digit numbers as the houses got numbered. The boy is not always keen to do such activities but he was super proud of his envelope city. He then found some small world figures and decided who would live in each house. A lovely bit of child initiated play after an adult led activity.