What are Playgroup Activities?
with stories and pictures they will understand and enjoy. Books are for them to look at and to handle and for adults to read and talk about. Enjoying books in this way helps the child to enjoy learning to read and to begin to discover that there is a great deal of information to be gained from them.
Children paint freely and choose their own colours and are not limited in the number of paintings they do. There are easels, paints and large sheets of paper. They are not shown how to paint and at first may simply wish to experiment with paint and paper. When they have had a great deal of experience with that, they MAY begin to paint something specific. They should not be urged to reach this stage too quickly. Please always show appreciation of your children’s ‘Works of Art’. This is very important to them.
Children find this fascinating. Play can be experimental – studying what sand does when it is poured or when it is wet. Sand is soothing to the excited or aggressive child. In using sand, children gain ideas about weight and volume.
The climbing frame is a source of constant attraction. However, children are naturally cautious and will only attempt what they can do. The frame itself helps develop their confidence, balance and co‑ordination, whilst also being used for imaginative play.
A section of the hall is enclosed from the rest of the Playgroup to give a cosy home. Furniture of the right size is arranged here plus a range of multicultural food and utensils. The children pretend things like shopping, meal times, and bathing the baby. Through identifying with parents, they find relief from jealousy. They may also find relief from the anxiety of being small.
This can be a social activity, chatting with adults about what they are doing and children learn to share cutters and rolling pins. It develops their fine motor skills by rolling, squeezing, stretching and kneading. The dough table can also be a relaxing refuge for a shy child giving them time to adjust to their new surroundings.
A very popular and enjoyable activity. Trickling glue over the paper, watching the different patterns it makes e.g. circles, zig‑zags, is a valuable pre‑writing skill. We make a large variety of collages using many natural and man made materials.
The children experience outdoor play with bikes, balls, rockers etc. This helps with gross motor co-ordination and encourages exercise, naturally coats are worn during cold weather and sunhats in warm weather so please ensure these care clearly marker with their name. The EYFS Guidelines are followed. Outside play is part of our daily routine whatever the weather.
Your child will also have a chance to experiment with clay, water, paper, pencils and crayons, construction toys, music, cooking and wood. They will see interest and nature tables to help form ideas about the world around them. Children gain in skill and understanding through their play, especially when they have a chance to share their enjoyment with an adult and to talk about their experiences and discoveries.