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Activities and Ideas

As the school is to be closed for the foreseeable future we are hoping to share ideas and activities on a weekly basis for you to do at home with your child. We would suggest that children of this age thrive on some structure and routine in their day. Having the same structure every day will really help your child and should help you too if you need to spend time working from home. Try to engage your child with books and stories, rhymes and songs, cooking, games, crafts, physical activity and perhaps allow a little more screen time than usual, but don’t stay on too long.


It is vitally important that your children stay active and keep moving!


In nursery we are, of course, following a play-based curriculum. However, we feel that there are some fun ideas and activities that you could add into your daily routine with your child that would really benefit them and support their learning. In the attached letter you will find lots of ideas and websites to support you and your child. We have tried to include things that your child would be doing each day in nursery and we will update you with new ideas and activities each week so do keep checking this page on a regular basis.


We would also love to hear from you so please feel free to email us at and send us any photos of you enjoying activities and time together doing fun things!

Home Learning Pack

You will find some extra ideas in this Home Learning Pack that has been put together by the Nottingham Schools Trust.


Week beginning Monday 30th March 2020


Each week, just like in nursery, we are going to share our story of the week with you. This week it will be:


We're  Going on a Bear Hunt

by Michael Rosen


Before we begin, see if you can find a teddy bear in your house to come and listen to the story with you.

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we will begin...

"We're Going On A Bear Hunt" Animated Story

I love this story! I hope you enjoyed it too.

Here are some activities across different areas of learning that you could do linked to the story.


Language and Literacy


  • Listen to or read the story once more, discussing the pictures with your child. Encourage them to do the actions to 'over', 'under' and 'through'.
  • Ask your child to predict how long the bear hunt took and what they think the bear will do next. How did he feel?
  • Talk about the different possible endings to the story. Ask your child to draw these and make up their own ending to the story. You could scribe this for them.
  • Go on a teddy bear hunt around your house to create a collection of bears or soft toys. Explore lots of describing words beginning with the letter 'b' to illustrate different bears, for instance Big Bear, Bald Bear, Bubble Bear, Brown Bear and so on. You could repeat with the letter 't' and 'teddy'.
  • See if you can find any other stories about bears and read them together - a Bear Book Hunt!
  • Have a teddy bear's picnic in the garden or indoors. Write invitations to other members of your family, helping your child to write their name using their name cards in the resource pack. Maybe they could have a go at writing other people's name on the envelopes too.

Bing Crosby - The Teddy Bear's Picnic (1950)


  • Using your collection of bears and soft toys, ask your child to sort them into order of size form smallest to biggest, shortest to tallest. Which is the biggest bear? Now ask them to use a tape measure to measure the height and the width (round the middle) of their bears.
  • Use a box to represent a cave and ask your child to put their bear in different positions, for example 'behind', 'in front of', 'beside', 'in', 'over' and 'under'.
  • Play Bear Beetle Drive . Provide a card with an outline of a bear for each player. Cut up duplicate bear shapes into six parts (two legs, two arms, a head and a body). Label all the parts with a number and a matching number of dots. The same labels should be put in matching positions on the outlines. Throw a die and match the appropriate body part to cover the bear outline. The winner is the first to complete their bear.


The World

  • In a large tray  add soil or compost to make mud. Let your child explore the texture. Encourage them to use words to describe how it feels.
  • Freeze water in a variety of containers, such as yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and a balloon if you have room. Place them in a tray or the bath and watch as the ice melts and changes shape.
  • If you have a teddy bear or soft toy from your childhood show it to your child and talk about the similarities and differences between them.
  • History of the teddy bear. Introduce the history of the teddy bear through the story of the US President Theodore Roosevelt. He went on a bear hunt and after three long days finally came across a very old, tired brown bear. He took pity on the bear and a clever political cartoonist at the time drew a picture of this. A shopkeeper who saw the cartoon took two stuffed toy bears made by his wife and named them 'Teddy's bears' and they became a popular toy worldwide.
  • Find out about some real bears! Go to for useful information about different species of bears around the world including facts and pictures.
Picture 1

Creative Work

  • Make puppets of the characters from the Bear Hunt story. Use card, paper plates or paper bags . Encourage your child to draw and cut out their creations.
  • Create a Bears' Portrait Gallery, encouraging your child to paint or draw their favourite bears.
  • Make some brown play dough together (if you have enough flour!) and make models of bears, talking together about the different parts of a bear's body. Go to for a good recipe and also lots of other ideas for play dough.


  • Talk about keeping healthy by taking exercise such as aerobics or moving to music. Introduce 'bearobics' - exercising like bears! Try simple repeated movements such as stepping forward, backward, left, right, punching the air, bending the knees, and so on.
  • Listen to 'The Bare Necessities' song and try doing the movements in time to the beat of the music.
  • Watch the clip of 'The Bare Necessities' song on YouTube  copy Baloo and Mowgli's dance steps!

We hope you enjoy all of these bear related activities. Look out for your teachers reading some of their favourite stories on here over the coming days! There will be another story of the week to listen to and find out about next Monday (week beginning 6th April). Have a fun week! We all miss you very much!


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