Home P.E. Activities
Balloon Keep It Up - Everyone has a balloon and has to try to keep balloon in the air as long as possible. This can be made more difficult by having children only use one hand or using a body part or having both hands behind their back.
Hot Potato - Have one balloon between yourself and your child and have some music playing. The aim for the children is to keep the balloon up in the air, but to tap it up quickly to avoid being caught as the last child to touch the balloon once music is stopped. You could change this game to make the children ‘freeze when the music stops’ and hope the balloon doesn’t fall down on them (children are not allowed to move even if the balloon is coming their way). Add more balloons to the game
Balloon Finger Balancing - Have your child try to balance a balloon on their finger for as long as possible
Balloon Volleyball - this can be played with just two of you, in your front room for example. Set up a modified volleyball field with a half way line marked out. A team starts with the balloon and hits the balloon across the halfway line into the other team’s territory, just like a volleyball game. The other team needs to avoid letting the balloon touch the ground and have to get it back over the half way line. Modify the rules to suit the children and the space you are in. A good rule is to have each team have three players touch the balloon before it is hit back over the half way line
Balloon Basketball Shooting - Have basket, a ring or bucket somewhere and have your child line up trying to ‘shoot’ their balloon into the designated goal
Balloon Blowing - Have your child try to blow a balloon from one end of the room to the other
Balloon Race - Have teams - the aim is to get the team from one point to another as quickly as possible. The first player in each team blows their team’s balloon. Where ever the balloon lands, the next person moves to that spot and tries to blow the balloon a little further. Where that balloon lands is where the next person starts. This keeps going until a team can get past the designated finish spot. This game could be done by tapping the balloon with hand, or kicking with foot
Setting up an outdoor circuit with hoops/hurdles/cones – set up a square formation – one edge is hurdles, one edge is hoops to jump over, one edge is cones to zig zag around, one edge is just a jog
Gymnastics stations – Set up various stations such as hoops, rhythmic ribbons, balls, beam, vaults, low bar or high bar, long mat for floor sequences, skipping ropes, balancing area. Make sure you set this up considering safety/age groups/numbers
Aerobic exercise stations – Have stations with basic aerobic type exercises such as leg curls, high knees, star jumps, scissor jumps, jump squats, lunges
Body Balance Awareness stations – Make up cards showing different body poses/balances and help your child move around the room, attempting the various poses. Could have more than one on each task card (i.e. have four on each card). Have some partner balances.
Hoops stations – Have station doing hula hoops, station walking the dog with hoop, station spinning hoops on arms or legs, station skipping with hoops, station spinning hoops on the ground, station rolling hoops or station throwing hoop and catching. Could also have stations that partners can move through together (i.e. throwing hoops to a partner, rolling hoops to a partner)
Skipping rope stations – Have stations with various skipping rope skills
Football stations– Stations can be done in pairs and can involve trapping, kicking, heading and using opposite leg. Can also involve dribbling the football around cones or to designated areas
Flash cards for fitness activities These could be kept in different rooms and accessed each time you enter one, or simply used at different times of the day… …Be sure to model these Mums and Dads!
Honeysuckle Class – Music/ICT
Here are two great, interactive musical instruments for the children to access. You can use hand over hand to support their use of a mouse at the computer.
Please refer to the ‘Music Patterns’ PowerPoint, if you feel the children would respond to simple rhythms.
Have fun and stay safe.
Jonathan and the Honeysuckle Class team.
Please find below, some further fun activities that can be completed at home.
Activities for tablets
- Doodle Maths
- Mouse Maze (good for fine motor work)
- ‘Cut the rope’ (good for fine motor work)
- Awesome Xylophone
- iTrace - Handwriting for Kids
- Writing Wizard – Kids Learn to Write Letters & Words
- Tozzle -Toddler’s favourite puzzle
Computer based activity
- The ‘Purple Mash’ programme is available to use at home and has some great educational games particularly in the Mini Mash section. To access this load up Chrome and then put Purple Mash into the search engine. You can register as a parent. Purple Mash are providing a free service at the moment.
Links to Useful Websites
Copy and paste these into the search bar
- Great resource website called Twinkl this link shows resources for children specifically on the autistic spectrum but could be used with most:
- ‘Clap it’ song by Bari Koral – This is an action song that the children use every day, they love it, this would be a great way to start the day and incorporate some exercise:
- The wiggles – there are lots of clips on youtube and they tend to be educational so if the children are on phones and tablets more try some of these:
We hope you all are continuing to stay healthy and happy during this unsettled time.
Please find some new activities and links that you can access from home.
We really hope to see all of the children soon.
Jonathan and the Honeysuckle Class team.
Tac Pac 5
This link will provide you with a free copy of TacPac 5. Tacpac is a sensory communication resource, using touch and music to align the senses and develop communication skills. We use TacPac in class to accommodate and support sensory impairments or communication difficulties. Be sure to use this code: 8Q7A3TXS
Yoga Video Lessons
Please follow the link below, for free yoga video lessons that children (with Autism and without) can practise at home.
The lessons are simply structured, easy to follow and to teach, as well as safe, highly engaging and great fun. You don't need to have any yoga knowledge or experience to do this.
The lessons consist of THREE short animated videos, you can download them all from the the link.
Feel free to stop, start, freeze, go back, fast forward at any point…and revisit time after time, after time; there by reinforcing the activities which, we know, with children on the spectrum, is key.
'Happy Birthday' Signing
We want to include photos and maybe videos of you at home in the next signing song that some of our fantastic colleagues have been creating. We would love for you to sign 'Happy Birthday', but you could also send photos of anything, maybe your children playing, thumbs up to camera, signing etc.
These hopefully will be added to the next song and put onto the school Facebook page.
Mr Tumble Signing/singing 'Happy Birthday' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44gh9UJGQ50
This will be a wonderful way of coming together as a school community and if you are happy for these photos or videos to be on social media, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Useful Phone Numbers
Please find below a list of Phone numbers that you may find useful.
Useful Telephone Numbers
Childcare Disability Team (Respite)
Community Nursing Team
0333 405 0085
Continence Clinic (24hr answerphone)
Edwin Lobo Centre, Redgrave Gardens
0333 405 0087
Speech & Language Therapy
Wheelchair Repairs (Millbrook)
- The Edwin Lobo Centre has 2 numbers - the 700300 number redirects you to the 0333 number where messages are taken and redirected to the appropriate service e.g. physio.
Rainbow art Ideas
- Paint different pieces of paper the various colours.
- If you do not have paint tear different colours from magazines that you may have and stick them onto paper.
- When dry draw a line down the middle and get your child to cut along the line
- Add cotton wool (be careful of choking hazard with cotton wool)
- Place drops of paint into a zip lock bag.
- Seal the end with cellotape to minimise it coming out the ends
- Let the children squish the paint in the bag
You can then place these on the widow and let the light shine through. The children can also keep changing the paint as it moves in the bag.
- Cut up different colours place into colour matching cups if you have them
- Get the children to colour match.
- Remove the words and simply colour in the area so the children can colour match
- Use zip lock bags and pour some rice into each bag
- Add food coloring or paint to colour the rice.
- Lock the bag and start shaking, If the children are doing this ensure it is fully closed. Squeeze the bag to ensure rice grains are covered.
- A spoonful of vinegar does help if you do not have this do not worry it is not necessary.
- Open up the bag and allow the rice time to dry
- You can add smells to the rice too.
- Allow the children to pour water into the bottles. Pouring baby oil or light coloured cooking oil in, approxiamately a third of the bottle, gives it another texture.
- Drop a small amount of food colouring or paint into the bottle add glitter or leave plain.
- Or add objects of different colours and get the children to fill each bottle with only one colour.
- This is a great activity for outside. Put the empty bottles in a bowl and have the water in containers to fill the bottles.
- Allow time for the children to explore and play before making the end product.
- Note, the oil can get messy so adults to stay in charge of this part.
Ensure the top is secure,we tend to put cellotape on the top when complete.
- Add food colouring to water before freezing
- Or you can add the coloured toys into the water which will freeze into the container you have.
- This is a great activity for hot days. Add this to a tub full of water and go into the garden to play and watch it melt.
- Let the children remove the ice cubes from the container.
- Placing the ice cubes onto paper will make nice artwork as they melt on to the paper.
- Place scarves or anything transluscent on top of your light box
- Remember it works best in the dark.
- You can spray a different scent on each scarf
- The sensory bottles and rice can also be placed ontop
Rainbow story massage
Links to Maths Songs and Activities
The following links are for songs and activities that are Maths-based and may be of interest to your child. Remember to use the internet safely by ensuring that parental guidance settings are applied especially if you are unable to be constantly checking what your child is watching.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SS7ajqNaB1w – Pop the bubbles
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjBvEMEfWN0 – Cars and number
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/article-cbeebies-apps - Useful apps for literacy numeracy
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03g64rd - Counting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jxzZMw89qY – Counting seaside related
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDXxqLGqvHk- Counting seaside related
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1z6do4IC3qc – Counting video
Soundabout are an organisation that have live sessions at 2pm Tuesday and Saturday then they store each session on you tube to be accessed at any time.
Soundabout tv session 12 : Will Taggart ( you can get this up on your smart tv’s just type this into you tube)
It is an interactive session for the entire family all siblings will enjoy this too.
You will need:
Scarf or something to enable you to hold on together
fan something to make a breeze,
The shakers that you made,
Drums or a box/container to bang
Some noisey treasure, which can be coins in a tub.
Note: Have fun it starts at 4mins 35 into the recording as he explains what you need to get together. Its approx. 30minutes long.
Making a cake or sandwich
Get together and prepare a picnic. What will you make? Sandwiches and cakes?
When you have made your lunch, allow the children to pack each item into containers or food bags and place them into your basket.
When your cakes are cooking or cooling, go on a search for the items you will need for your picnic and set it all up in the garden.
(Symbols provided below for cooking and to search for each item within the home.)
Fruit bingo - Reading
Play this as a family. Print each page twice. Keep one whole and the other is to be cut into separate pictures.
- (Easy version, sometimes waiting can be hard) One person holds all the pictures and takes it in turn to offer them to each person. If they have it on their page they match it and cover it with the picture. If not it goes to the bottom of the pile.
- If you have the actual fruits in the house get the children to match it to the symbol by simply placing the fruit on top of the symbols laid out on the table.
In good weather head outside with a variety of containers and play in the water. Use bottles from your recycling bin, sieves are especially good fun to use and again you can add colour, bubbles or smells all to the water to add a different element of fun to it all.