I wrote a week or so ago about a case that once belonged to my grandfather being passed on to Daniel and Emma.
As Daniel is super engaged with it the week before last I set it up as our first ‘learning case’. The activity we were doing was a wild animals talking box that I found on the twinkl website.
In the case I placed some animal ‘cones’ and then in one basket I placed some animal themed books, and the other the activities such as colouring pages, a matching game, body actions and play doh mats.
Daniel opened up the case and we talked about the animals and I was keen to extend his language so we talked about the leopard being spotty, and I asked what other things he could see that were spotty (Emma’s clothing). It was good to get him using descriptive language. In the activity basket I had placed some playmobil figures so he was able to match the figure up to the various other things and to tell Emma what the animals were and to make the associated animal noises. Emma really enjoys it when Daniel engages with her like this.
We then did some colouring and then moved on to the playdoh. Daniel really enjoyed making stripes for the zebra and spots for the leopard. Emma mostly ate the playdoh…
I also made some cards up with animal names on, a picture and then an action. Things like
- roar like a lion
- stomp like an elephant
- be tall like a giraffe
- noisy like a monkey
Finally, we sat down to read the books that I had selected for the basket. Some of the books I included were:
This was a really simple thing and was excellent for developing a whole range of skills such as language and description, fine motor skills and movement. We had some lovely conversations about the animals, how they looked, where they lived and I can see lots of ways to extend this in the future too.
Best of all, both Daniel and Emma really enjoyed it.