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Hello Year 2, below I have uploaded some activity ideas that you might want to try with your family over the upcoming week. There is no pressure for you to complete any of these they have just been uploaded to support you if you are stuck for some fun and creative pursuits. I hope you enjoy and remember to share your work if you can with myself and the school either through our twitter account or the contact page on the website.

Missing you all and see you soon,

 

Mr Bridge

 

1 Rainbows

You can't walk anywhere at the moment without seeing a rainbow in someone's window.

That's because families have been busy painting and drawing them as a display of togetherness and to give children something to spot while out on their walks.

But you don't have to stop at paint or crayons, why not use old magazines, comics and wrapping paper to create a collage.

 

2 Den

Most people can remember building a den as a child, usually with nothing more than a table, some cushions and a sheet. Let your child's imagination run wild as they pretend to go camping or try to keep warm inside their very own igloo.

You could always be the scary animal on the outside of the tent. And if you've got a torch don't forget to make some animal shadows too.

 

3 Loo roll obstacle courses

Basically, criss-cross it from one wall to another, leaving just small gaps for the kids to climb through. See if they can make it through the course without tearing the paper.

 

4 Illustrators

If your children like drawing there's lots of inspiration around at the moment, with illustrators offering free online tutorials to help them improve.

A popular one is #DrawWithRob, a website from author and illustrator Rob Biddulph, who's written books including Grrrrr! about a bear called Fred who loses his growl.

His videos, showing children how to create everything from a sausage dog to their very own Fred Bear, are easily accessible on his website here. Children have been sharing their finished drawings with him online using the hashtag #DrawWithRob.

 

5 Pebbles

Pebble art has been quite a thing over recent years, with people decorating rocks and leaving them in parks and other places for people to find.

Given the current climate, people aren't sharing them at the moment, but that isn't stopping families having lots of fun decorating them.

 

Something as simple as felt tips does the trick on lighter rocks, with children decorating them however they want - some making funny faces out of them.

If you want them to last longer outside then you'd be better using acrylic paint coated with varnish to give an extra layer of protection.

 

6 Playdoh

Play-Doh is another old favourite and can keep them entertained for hours. Whether they want to make their own dinosaur, elephant, car or castle, the possibilities are endless. If you can manage not to stress about the colours being mixed together it can be a whole lot of fun. And if you haven't got any Play-Doh it's pretty simple to make your own. All you need is:

  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • half to 1 cup of cold water
  • 2 drops of liquid food colouring

Mix the flour and salt then add the water, oil and food colouring. Knead the mixture well, adding a little more flour if the consistency is too wet.

 

7 Wallpaper people

If you've got an old roll of wallpaper, or any other paper for that matter, lie your little one down on it and draw around them. Amazing how long they will spend colouring themselves in afterwards. They might also want to make a wallpaper mum, dad or sibling too. And why not?

 

8 Potato printing

If it's good enough for Daddy Pig then it's good enough for us. Most of us have got an old potato lying at the bottom of the cupboard.

Hopefully it will still be in a fit enough state to carve a shape from to use as a paint stamp. Make some patterns and you could end up with a piece of art to treasure.

 

9 Minions

These ones were made with the insides of Kinder Eggs, but you could easily make them by colouring in or painting some toilet roll tubes yellow.

Stick-on googly eyes work a treat, or you could draw them on. Either way you'll end up with a pretty impressive Kevin or Bob.

 

10 Bird box

Who doesn't like watching the birds feed in the garden, especially when there's little else happening at the moment.

Families have been busy making their own bird feeders too, using just a large four-pint milk bottle. Felt tips is all you need to colour the plastic, but people have been sticking paper, feathers and other things on to make them bright and colourful.

 

11 Drive-in movie

You don't need a drive-in movie when you can make your own.

It's quite easy to turn a big cardboard box into their very own car and they can help paint it too. Stick a cushion inside, give them some movie snacks, stick a film on and there you have it.

 

12 Make a clock

We've all got a bit more time on our hands so why not use it to get the kids learning how to tell the time properly - by making their own clock.

You could do it with just paper and a pin to attach the hands, or cardboard or a paper plate would do the trick.

You can make it as detailed or as simple as you like, but writing quarter past, half past, quarter to and midnight/o'clock in the relevant places will help them get the gist.

 

13 Treasure / nature hunt

There's all sorts of fun to be had indoors or outdoors with a treasure hunt.

Give each child a bag with a list on showing what they have to find - a leaf, a flower, a stick, a stone - you get the picture.

You could use the collected items to make a nature picture afterwards, or a leaf print.

And if you want to stay indoors then why not hide some letters or words around the house. They can find them and then use them to make words and sentences. They won't even realise they're learning.

There are loads of ideas for nature scavenger hunts from the Woodland Trust here.

 

14 Bug hunt

If you've got a bug lover then they'll love getting out in the garden to find some snails, slugs and any other creatures hanging around.

Collect them, maybe get a microscope to have a good look at them and set them free until your next hunt.

If you're thinking on a bigger scale, then the RSPB has a guide to making your own bug hotel here.

 

15 Sock puppets

You may already have a puppet show or some puppets you could use inside a cardboard box. If not, then get an old sock and make your own. Whether you have some stick-on googly eyes or just some scraps of paper, you can make your own character that your child will love.

 

16 Hand prints

It's always lovely to get hand prints and foot prints from your little ones to capture that moment in time.

Why not get the whole family involved like this example - creating a picture from the hand prints of everyone in the house.

 

17 Alphabet game

Now this one couldn't be simpler and it'll get them writing and practising their spellings without them even knowing.

Basically pick any subject like girls' names, boys' names or even chocolate bars and they have to write one down for each letter of the alphabet. You could even get the kids to see who can do it the fastest, if you can handle the fallout that is.

 

18 Paper cups

It might not sound that interesting but there's all kinds of games you can play with paper cups.

See who can stack them the highest without them falling, see who can knock them all down with a ball.

You could have points for getting the ball inside different cups and see who can get the most.

 

19 Kitchen towel decorating

You don't need a mindfulness colouring book when you've got some kitchen towel to hand.

Using fine felt tips you can colour in the dots in different colours. Who knew kitchen roll could look so good.

 

20 Shadow drawing

All you need is the sun for this one, although you could always use a lamp if needs be.

Ask your child to get their favourite animals or characters out and they can easily draw around the shadows. You might get even more peace while they spend time colouring them in too.

 

21 Forky

For those who don't know Forky is the star of Disney's Toy Story 4 and he's proved massively popular.

You can make one, using just a normal plastic fork, pipe cleaners, googly eyes and a lolly stick for the feet.

 

22 Robots

Boxes, bottles, tubes, or whatever else you have hanging around at home can be put to good use to make your very own robot.

You could use gold paper or foil, paint or felt tips would work on cardboard too - perhaps covering the box in plain white paper first if needed.

 

23 Table football

If you can face even more competitiveness then why not create your own table football.

It's going to be on a small scale of course, but you can easily make one with a cardboard box and either a ping pong ball or a pom pom as the football.

CBBC has its own Blue Peter guide for making one here and children have also shared photos of their own creations.

 

24 Milk bottle elephants

It's so easy to make these elephants out of plastic milk bottles and they look so good.

Just cut the bottom off the bottle and cut arches into the back and sides to make the legs, then chop the handle so it looks like a trunk.

Cover them with glue and then stick on the crepe paper and googly eyes. You'll soon have a full family of Elmer the Patchwork Elephants to enjoy.

 

25 Cars / garage

If you've got a young car lover in the family you can use sticky tape to create roads, roundabouts, you name it.

 

And if you've got a spare box hanging around, why not help them make a garage for putting the cars in too.

 

 

 

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