At Mumbler, our main goal is and always has been to make parenting life that little bit easier.
With this in mind, we’ve come up with some topics to frame learning and activities at home. One for each term time week, taking us right up to the summer holiday!
For each topic, we’ve brought together lots of different ideas and resources to hopefully keep learning fresh and fun. There’s plenty to choose from so there’s scope to do a couple of activities each day, pick whichever suits best and adjust according to age/interests. The resources are mainly aimed at Early Years / Primary aged children, but there’s no reason the theme can’t be adapted to suit a mixture of ages.
Download & print the PDF version of the topic timetable HERE.
Week 6 – Theatre
Practice some Tongue Twisters – could be used as a little warm up before another activity:
She sells seashells on the seashore.
Red Leather, Yellow Leather.
Betty bought butter but the butter was bitter, so Betty bought better butter to make the bitter butter better.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
Cooks cook cupcakes quickly.
Mime acting – Write down different activities on pieces of paper e.g Swimming, eating ice cream, doing homework, driving, getting out of bed, winning a race, ironing, changing a nappy, washing up, painting or playing tennis. Fold up the pieces of paper and take turns to pick one out and perform, the other person then has to guess which one you are performing. (writing down not required for older children who could come up with the different activity ideas themselves without needing prompts).
Object Mime – Mime using an object and then pass the object onto the next person, they need to continue to mime using the same object (or what they believe it to be).
The “and then” game – Lead with a scenario e.g. “You were walking on a beach and then” the person playing has to say the next line e.g “I saw a boat”. The facilitator continues to say “and then” after each sentence to encourage the player to expand their story as much as they possibly can.
e.g. “I saw a boat” “and then” “the boat looked to have several people on it” and then “they looked liked pirates” and then……
Create a character and draw them. What do they look like? Do they carry any accessories? Do they have any super powers? Do they look friendly or mean? Do they have an animal sidekick? Where do they live? What do they do to fill their day?
Time to Dance. Oti Mabuse has been doing daily dance lesson videos for kids on her YouTube channel. She teaches the routine in a really fun, easy to follow way. Dance routines so far include Trolls, The Greatest Showman, Frozen & Mary Poppins.
Write a short script / story. What characters are there? Where is the story set? What do the character’s do/say?
Perform a song. Set the scene with the lights off, a spotlight and audience cheering clapping etc. There’s lot’s of sing along karaoke videos on Youtube if your little one needs some music accompaniment or would prefer words to sing along.
Read a book aloud. Put extra effort into doing different voices for all the characters, use expression where required and make the story come to life! The Worst Witch Mildred Hubble sings a short song giving advice about “reading with feeling” HERE.
Catch a West End musical! Shows are be streamed on “The Shows Must Go On” YouTube channel at 7 pm on a Friday. You will then have 24/48 hours to watch the show. The full line up hasn’t been revealed yet so it’s a surprise what’s to come! Click HERE to keep an eye on the page for updates and announcements.
Put on a Puppet show. Either make characters from a film/book and act out the plot or make up your own characters (or your family members) and perform an original. Make sock puppets, or an easier version would be drawing the character on card, colour in, cutting it out and attaching a stick. Make the stage out of a laundry rack or we used a children’s table on its side with a blanket over.
Or as an alternative, a shadow puppet show! Cut out the shapes using ideally black paper. Tape a stick or pencil/paintbrush to the back. You will then need a while sheet to perform behind and a torch to create the shadows, enjoy!!
Act out a scene from your favourite book / story. Get the fancy dress out and encourage the use of character voices and expression!
Write an alternative ending to a story or the next chapter e.g. after their favourite film ends, what happens next.
Week 5 – Mexico
Use the internet to find out more about Mexico: – Where is it on a map? – What language do people speak in Mexico? (Learn some simple Mexican words) – What is the capital city? – What currency do they use? (You could do some currency conversion maths)
Draw the Mexican Flag (or print off a version to colour in HERE)
Mexican Foodworksearch – You could then talk about the different meals and ingredients you would need to make them and then maybe make one for tea? There’s some yummy BBC Mexican Food recipes to choose from.
Make and decorate a day of the dead mask. You till find lots of examples online or Twinkl have a template to colour in.
Write a postcard from a trip to Mexico.
Make a cactus picture with the mini mumblers handprint, a nice isolation memory to keep! See our attempt below.
Design and make a Sombrero hat. This could be done with a paper plate and a plastic cup/bowl although you can be creative with what you have. Make them as colourful as possible. See our attempt below.
Learn some simple Spanish with Duolingo (a free language learning tool / app)
Listen to some traditional Mexican Music on YouTube turn it into your daily exercise with a bit of dancing!!
Watch: Disney’s Coco for a great insight into Mexican music and the history of the day of the dead.
Day of the Dead Mask
Hand / finger print catcus
Sombrero! We made ours with a paper plate & little bowl.
Enjoy May Half Term!
Week 4 – Space
Junk modelling – Raid the recycling box and make a spaceship, rocket or telescope. Toilet rolls and juice bottles make great rockets!
Design your own planet – Draw a picture and write about your new planet. What will it look like? How will it be different from Earth? Who will live there? What will the weather be like? Let imaginations run wild! Chocolate waterfalls and candyfloss clouds, anything is possible!
Play Space bingo! Design your own bingo playing cards or use some ready made ones from Twinkl HERE
Make a space suit for Barbie / Action Man / Dolly / Teddy (basically who ever is willing!) You could use tinfoil or any spare loo roll (Ha, I know…). Read some NASA facts about spacesuits and spacewalking whilst you make.
Maddie Moate from CBeebies has made some great videos in her recent Space week. Activities include making astronaut food and a fruit salad solar system. Click HERE to watch.
Learn about the phases of the moon whilst eating Oreos (win win!). Separate the Oreos and remove the appropriate amount of filling to re create the different phases of the moon. Learn more about the phases on the moon with National Geographic Kids.
Learn the order of the planets from the sun. My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming Planets (or come up with another little saying to help you remember the order of the planets). Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto (arguably a dwarf planet now).
Make a planet, or keep the kids really busy and make the solar system! Planets can be made out of plasticine/play doh, paper mache balloons, Christmas baubles, small balloons, foil balls covered in paper, polystyrene balls or a mobile using cardboard circles.
There’s lots of space themed Cosmic Yoga videos to try if you need some wind down time. Click HERE These includes Star Wars themed, Mike & the Muttnik and Space stories.
Hubble Space Telescope. Find out what view the telescope had on your last birthday, why not check for the whole family. Click HERE.
The National Railway Museum have some great STEM learning resources on their website, including Rugged Rovers A game from the Science Museum that allows you to design and test your own all-terrain space rover(designed for KS 2 & 3).
Make and launch straw rockets! See our attempt below. Make a rocket on a piece of card, then stick a piece of paper to the back that a straw can fit underneath. Blow to launch!
Visit the NASA website for LIVE views on earth from the International Space Station ISS camera.
Read: Whatever Next!
Watch: Wall.E, Space Chimps, Space Buddies or Star Wars.
Straw powered Space Rocket
Junk model space rocket
Week 3 – Elephants
Save an empty milk bottle cartoon and have a go at making an Elephant milk bottle craft. Use either tissue paper, or coloured paper and get sticking! Stick on or draw some eyes once its all dried out.
The San Diago zoo have instructions for a Handy Elephant craft to create on their WEBSITE.
Have the kids take part in the Mumbler Safari Hunt. Hide the animals around the home/garden and they have to hunt them down and either tick them on the answer sheet or older ones can write the letter and number down. Tip: Don’t make it too easy if you want to enjoy that whole cup of tea in peace…
Elephant Maths!! Elephant addition and subtraction colouring in sheets can be accessed on Twinkl.
Elephants never forget – play a memory game such as Kim’s game. Get a tray and put on it about 20 small, random objects. Let the players examine the items for a minute, then cover them up and have everyone write down as many items as they can remember. For younger children, maybe just remove an item and have them look at the tray again and see if they can recall the missing item.
Write an acrostic poem all about Elephants. Get those adjectives out! Write it out neatly and decorate the page with elephants pictures.
Learn about the different food groups. From the pizza base, the tomato sauce, then the cheese and whichever toppings you choose, there’s a good learning opportunity to be had figuring out which foods are in which groups. Here’s the NHS Eatwell guide for more information about the different food groups and examples of foods for each one.
Food prep: Make a pizza or some pasta. Pizza could be made easily with a pitta bread base or even a ready-made pizza base. The BBC website has lots of pizza and pasta recipes to choose from.
Arts & Craft with pasta! Lion faced Spaghetti (see our attempt below), pasta necklaces (just thread onto a piece of string – great for fine motor skills) or pasta flowers (paint/draw the stems and the centre of the flower and then use pasta for the petals).
Tuff Tray – coloured spaghetti! A great sensory activity for the younger ones. Put it in a tuff tray (or on a plastic tray / large waterproof tablecloth) for hours of fun. Add some plastic kitchen toys to add to the experience. To make the coloured spaghetti, cook it as normal. Then drain and rinse. Divide up and put into ideally ziplock bags (or food bags/bowls if not available) Use some food colouring and a bit of water and mix it well until all the pasta is coated. Rinse off the excess dye (or it will get everywhere!) before allowing children to play.
Make plasticine or playdoh pizza.
Design & decorate a pizza box. What will your pizza shop be called? What will the logo be like?
Pizza Fractions! Oh yes, there’s no escaping maths. You could do some graphs/bar charts with a vote of people favourite pizza toppings. Or draw some pizza circles and colour in different fractions of the pizza circles. Twinkl has some fraction worksheets, but you could easily make these yourself by drawing & diving circles.
Cutting & Sticking skills. Draw a pizza base and colour it in (or just a paper plate). Then draw a sheet of toppings and cut them out, arrange them onto the pizza and stick them on. We used a paper plate, yellow tissue paper and crayons on plain paper. See our attempt below.
My Little Kitchen – A free BBC online game for younger ones allowing them to practice basic kitchen skills such as chopping, grating and even pizza decorating. Get cooking HERE.
Watch Ratatouille – a Disney film to inspire budding little chefs or Cloudy with a chance of meatballs.
Paper plate pizza
Week 1 – Dinosaurs
Have a go at making your own dinosaur fossils. You will need salt, flour, coffee grounds & water. Click HERE for the CBeebies website instructions.
Do the Dinosaur stomp with GoNoodle! – A catchy, energic warm-up for the day! Click HERE.
NB. This tune will get stuck in your head, apologies!
Nina & the Neurons – Cbeebies Radio (17 minutes) Nina asks, how do we know so much about dinosaurs when we’ve never even met one? Listen HERE.
Try a Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure with Tiny the T-Rex HERE
Make a Dinosaurthemed Tuff Tray, or an under the bed storage box or just use a table cloth if you don’t have a tray. Dig out those dinosaur toys and then get creative making them a dinosaur friendly environment to play in. See photo below for our attempt but utilise what you have in the house.
Make a Dinosaur skeleton using sticks (collected on your daily walk) or spaghetti. See the photo below for our attempt.
We can’t visit the Natural History Museum right now but we can search their Dino Directory and learn lots of facts about over 300 different types of dinosaurs.
Frozen Dinosaur Eggs – put a small dinosaur toy in a balloon and fill with some water and freeze. They will love chipping away and watching the ice melt to reveal the dinosaur. This activity could also be done in the tuff tray or in a washing up bowl to save a bit of mess afterwards!