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Big and Small

 

Encourage your child to engage and encounter ‘big’ and ‘small’. You can support them to send and receive big and small cars and balls, you could encourage your child to stack bigger and smaller pieces of Lego together.

 

In the resource pack provided you will find big and small laminated bug/insects and fruit. Place the laminated resources into the shredded paper and encourage your child to explore the tray. When your child locates a big bug/insect/fruit verbalise ‘Big’ and when they locate a small bug/insect/fruit verbalise ‘small’. Some children may extend their exploration to place the corresponding resources to the big and small chart below.

Counting, Handling, Locating 

  • Find the crickets

In the resource pack you will find some green shredded paper and some laminated crickets. Place the crickets into the green shredded paper. Encourage your child to locate the hidden crickets. When your child locates a cricket verbalise ‘crickets’. The crickets are different sizes, some are big, and some are small.

Can you find the crickets?

Can you find the big crickets?

Can you find the small crickets?

How many crickets can you find?

 

  • 5 Speckled frogs

 Corresponding video available on the lavender class page.

Play the video too your child, take off each frog in turn.

Play the video again, encourage your child to take off a frog in descending order alongside the video. You can offer your child hand over hand support initially and then gradually reduce the support as the song progresses.

Place the frogs into the blue shredded paper. Encourage your child to locate the hidden frogs. When your child locates a frog verbalise ‘frog’.

 


Five little Ducks

Five little ducks went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack"
But only four little ducks came back

One, two, three, four

Four little ducks went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack"
But only three little ducks came back

One, two, three

Three little ducks went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack"
But only two little ducks came back

One, two

Two little ducks went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack"
But only one little duck came back

One

One little duck went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack"
But none of the five little ducks came back

Sad mother duck went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack"
And all of five little ducks came back

Five little ducks went out to play
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said, "Quack, quack, quack, quack"
And all of the five little ducks came back!

 

 

The corresponding video is available at the bottom of lavender class page.

Play the video to your child, take off each duck in turn.

Play the video again, encourage your child to take off a duck in descending order. You can offer your child hand over hand support initially and then gradually reduce the support as the song progresses.

Place the ducks into the blue shredded paper. Encourage your child to locate the hidden ducks. When your child locates a duck verbalise ‘duck’.

Can you find the ducks?

How many ducks can you find?

 

 

 

5 Speckled Frogs_Medium.mp4

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Colour Matching

 

The activities below are to encourage your child to explore the world of colours .

Allow your child to explore the activity independently and encourage them to complete the tasks. Affirm the colours you are exploring using simple, clear language.

Here are two colour song for your child to enjoy;

https://youtu.be/gavT_q9CLME

https://youtu.be/K9GankfY2Tw

 

Colour tray

Set up a colour tray by putting coloured rice and the same-coloured toys e.g. Lego, shapes, balls into a tray. Allow your child to explore the items in the tray. Affirm your child’s actions, sounds and the colour they are exploring.

 

 

Colour matching

Match Lego to the corresponding-coloured card. All you will need is some Lego, an open lipped containers and coloured paper or card. Place the coloured card into different containers. Encourage your child to explore the Lego and to place the Lego into the corresponding-coloured container.  Only do one colour at time or even one colour per day. If you don’t have Lego this can be done with balls, shapes or even toys.

 

What’s in the box?

The video is on the lavender class activity page.

What’s in the box? is an attention activity to develop attention, communication, skills. You can place special and engaging resources in a box and sing what is in the box? song. Use curiosity, awe, and wonder to encourage your child’s engagement.

What's in the box Part 1.mp4

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What's in the box Part 2.mp4

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Attention Autism

Attention Autism is a learning approach that aims to develop natural and spontaneous communication skills in children with autism through the use of visually based and highly motivating activities. The approach was developed by speech and language therapist, Gina Davies.

Watch the attention autism video exploring garden flowers. Observe your child’s responses, i.e., body language, gestures, verbalisations, signs of anticipation, displaying signs of enjoyment or dislike.

Attention Autism - Garden Flowers_Medium-Edit.mp4

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