5 Fun & Easy Activities to use in Your Early Years Classroom

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Name Tracing
What you need:

  • Flat tray
  • Sand
  • Paper with child’s name printed

Place the child’s name on the bottom of the tray and cover with a fine layer of sand (so the name is still visible). Have the child trace their name with their finger, shake the tray to redistribute the sand and repeat. Alternatively add more sand and have the child write their name in the sand with the printed paper as a reference point.

Lego Patterns
What you need:

  • Pre-drawn Patterns
  • Lego

Have children copy the pre-drawn patterns with the Lego. As a follow up activity have the children draw their own patterns to copy.

Dinosaur Fossils
What you need:

  • Deep tray
  • Sand/Kinetic Sand/other material
  • Plastic dinosaurs
  • Paintbrushes

Fill the tray with the sand or other material and bury the dinosaur figures. Let the children explore the tray and excavate the dinosaur “fossils” using the paintbrushes.
As a follow up activity you can make your own dinosaur fossils by pressing the dinosaur figures into salt dough and letting them dry.

Kinetic Sand
What you need:

  • ½ cup play sand
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • ½ Teaspoon hand soap
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • Any colour/glitter you’d like

Kinetic sand is a great sensory tool for children and can be used in numerous activities.

Mix all dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, mix wet ingredients then add to dry ingredients and mix well. If it feels a bit dry when it is all mixed, you can add more water a little bit at a time.

Walk the line
What you need:

  • Tape/Rope/or Similar

Draw different lines on the floor with the tape or rope, one zig zag line, one curly line, one straight line etc. Have children walk along the lines, once they have that down introduce other ways of following the lines e.g. hop, walk backwards etc.