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Group Activities

There are so many ideas to get all the children and parents involved in an activity, here are just a few to get you started. Get loud, get silly and have a great time!!!!! 

Music & singing

Explore sound, experience rhythm and tone with a few of our favourite action songs. If your not sure of the actions just click the title and youtube will lead the way!

There is a tub with musical instruments and song sheet on the shelves in the storage room.

FIVE LITTLE DUCKS
Five little ducks went out one day
(Put your hand up with 5 fingers)
Over the hill and far away
(Put hand over your shoulder)
Mother duck said "Quack, quack, quack, quack."
(make a quack, quack action with your hand)
But only four little ducks came back.
(hold up 4 fingers)
(Continue the same verse for 4 to 1 ducks)
Sad mother duck
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
The sad mother duck said
"Quack, quack, quack." And all of the five little ducks came back.
 
I’M A LITTLE TEAPOT
I'm a little teapot, short and stout

Here is my handle (one hand on hip), here is my spout (other arm out straight)

When I get all steamed up, hear me shout

Just tip me over and pour me out!
(As song ends, lean over and tip arm out like a spout.)
I'm a clever teapot, yes it's true

Here's an example of what I can do

I can change my handle to my spout (Switch arm positions and repeat tipping motion.)

Just tip me over and pour me out.
 
IF YOU ARE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT
 
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
If you're happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap clap)
 
If you're happy and you know it, stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
If you're happy and you know it, stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
If you're happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you're happy and you know it, stomp your feet. (stomp stomp)
 

Sensory Activities

Playdough

Explore texture, create shapes, strengthen muscles!
To make your own 'No cook' Play dough see this great
recipe

What you need:

2 cups plain flour
1 cup salt
1 table spoon cooking oil
½ to 1 cup cold water
2 drops food colouring


Method:

Combine plain flour and salt
Add water
Knead well
If consistency is too wet add a little more plain flour

Water play

Sensory stimulation, sorting, weight and measurement (you will find a water play table in the storage room).
 

Slime
Make squishy non-toxic goo that hardens in your hands when you squeeze it, but flows like a liquid when you pour it, get the recipe
here.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: minutes
What You Need
16-oz box corn-starch
water
food colouring
bowl
Here's How:
1.Empty the box of cornstarch into a bowl.
2.Add 1-1/2 cups of water.
3.Add about 15 drops of food coloring. It's fine without color, too.
4.Mix the goo with your hands.
5.Have fun!

Bubbles

Kids just LOVE bubbles. Make your own using this recipe. You will find some bubble wands in the storage room but you can make your own with pipe cleaners or pick some up from the local $2 store for a couple of dollars.

Quiet time
Puzzles
Encourage coordination, shape and picture recognition. There are some puzzles in the storage room.

Storytelling
Encourage imagination and listening skills. There are a number of books on display in the hall but you will also find some in the storage room cupboards (please return them to the cupboard after use).