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Concentration - Activity 1


A great group game that can be played if you are social distancing with visitors too.


The players sit in a circle and take a number each, starting with 1.

They then start a chant by slapping their thighs twice then clapping their hands twice and saying


(slap slap clap clap)

Are you ready?

(slap slap clap clap)

If - so -

(slap slap clap clap)

Let’s - go!

(slap slap clap clap)

Then player 1, continuing the rhythm, says her own number twice followed by another number. For example:

1, 1, 4, 4

(slap slap clap clap)

Player 4 then does the same, starting with their own number and following with someone else's:

4, 4, 7, 7

(slap slap clap clap)

Anybody who makes a mistake or fails to keep the rhythm is eliminated but remains in the circle, making it more difficult for the other players – who must remember not to use the eliminated person’s number! As the play progresses you can speed up the rhythm slightly too, to try to catch the better players out.

When there are only 2 or 3 players left, change the numbers and start a new game, or try a variation using colours or animal names instead of numbers.



Apple Experiment


What works best for keeping an apple from turning brown? Test to find out!

Slice up an apple (watch out for little fingers), and let each slice soak in a different liquid. Then take them out, lay them on a tray, and check the brownness after three minutes, six minutes, and so on. 
Can children predict which will be the best and worst liquid? What do they observe?




Using your senses


Put some objects, such as a hairbrush, a tube of toothpaste, a packet of biscuits, an ice cream scoop, a packet of tissues and a wooden spoon into a bag. You will also need something to act as a blindfold. Use your senses to feel what is in the bag and have a go at describing the object to a partner.




This was one of my favourite games as a child!


1. To play this memory game, print an even number of copies of the cards below. 2 or 4, something like that to make sure that you have at least one match of each image. Or you may use a set of playing cards (or other game cards that you have at home that have more than one of each card type).

2. Cut along the lines.

3. Mix up the small cards.

4. Lay them on the table or floor, face down.

5. Players take turns turning the two cards. If they match, the player gets to keep them. If not, turn them back over.

6. Players need to remember what was on each card and where it was.

7. Once all the cards have been turned over and matched, the game is over. The winner has the most pairs!





Spooky Sounds


Sit quietly for 60 seconds and make a list of everything you can hear. Try this in different places, outdoors or indoors (the bath is a great place!)

What do you think it would sound like in space?

This is a great chance for children to have a little time out if things are getting a little bit loud and hectic at home.



Pond Maze


Can the children help the frog, the swan and the butterfly find their way through the pond maze to their babies? Remind them not to cross the lily pads which will help them to practise their fine motor skills too!


There are lots of other animals in the puzzle that you might find in and around a pond.

What are these creatures?

In the puzzle are: squirrel, fox, rabbit, snail, spider, fish.


Can they think of any other animals that live in or near ponds? Why would animals want to live near a pond? They can have a go at drawing these around the picture too!


Often, you might see herons near water and, more unusually, kingfishers. Water voles are rat-like creatures who live near still or moving water. They are protected in Britain because their numbers have dropped dramatically recently. Along with frogs, you might see toads and newts, and as well as the butterflies, you might come across dragonflies.


Animals live near ponds because they are a good source of water and because there is plenty of food for them to eat nearby. There are hundreds of different animals, from tiny to large, living in a pond habitat.


Can they recognise any of the flowers growing around the edge of the pond? Dandelion, daffodil, daisies in a daisy chain.


The children may also like to colour in the picture.


The Great Plant Hunt


Have a look at this week's Outdoor Activity. When you are out on your walk/ scavenger hunt, ask your children to look at the plants that are around them. How many types can they see? How are they different? They could take photographs of these or record them through descriptions or drawings.


Can they remember any parts of a plant that they have learnt? 

Spot the Hidden Words


Can you spot the hidden words? There are six hidden words in this picture, drawn in carefully as part of the illustration. Can you find all six- Mrs Burton only managed to find 5. I managed to find: Doe, home, cello, boom and fun. Can you spot the sixth?

Times Table Colour By Numbers


These sorts of activities are cross curricular and good to do as it requires children to stop, look and follow instructions, which they often struggle to juggle together.

Twinkl Colour By Numbers

Interactive Spot the Difference


Can you spot all of the differences between the two pictures?


Sharpen your memory skills with this simple interactive game. As you get more confident select higher numbers of cards to play with.

Interactive Minibeast Word Search


Sharpen your observational skills and find all of the hidden words. No printer needed.

I Spy Fruit and Veggies- A good game for ensuring that children are concentrating on looking and counting.

Indoor Scavenger Hunt- How many can your child find? Look Carefully!

Kims game is a really simple but effective way of improving memory and sharpening your child's observational skills. Start off with 5 objects, get your child to memorise them, cover and remove an item. Does your child know which one it was? As your child's memory improves you can use a greater number of objects.