We’re going on a ‘P’ hunt…

Our after school activity today was all about learning the
letter ‘P’, This was to help reinforce what my middle son has been learning at
school in a fun way at home. We actually managed to do this activity one-to-one
as well which made a nice change.  We
love to do our arts and crafts altogether, but it is nice to indulge them all
with some one-to-one time as well sometimes. I prepared most of the activity
during the morning; I then just had to put the finishing touches to it whilst
he had his snack of a plum and some popcorn to get us in the mood for the “P
Here’s what I did:
  1. Emptied
    a packet of pink and a packet of purple waterbeads into a jug of water and
    left them to “grow”.
  2. I
    then went on the hunt around the house for lots of small objects beginning
    with P. I found a penguin, a polar bear, a pirate, a prince, a peg, a
    paintbrush, a pig, a pen, a P shaped cutter and a magnetic letter P.
  3. I
    also selected a few objects not beginning with P to add in as well. I
    collected a dinosaur, a dog, some marbles and a sheep.
  4. Once
    we returned home from school I added the waterbeads and small objects into
    a plastic container and then squirted over some shaving foam and gave it
    all a good mix up.
  5. I
    also prepared a large dish of warm soapy water to go with the activity and
    took a plate over to the table as well.
 After he had gobbled up his snack he was then eager to get
started.  I explained that I had hidden a
series of objects for him to find and I asked him to place all of the objects
beginning with the letter ‘P’ into the soapy water and the objects not
beginning with ‘P’ onto the plate.  He
did quite well with this and only needed a hand working out where a couple of
them needed to go. I then set him on cleaning the shaving foam off all of the objects
in the soapy water with a sponge. Playing with water is a great calming after
school activity and I d hoped it would mean one less job for me to do.

Whilst Freddie was washing away I was having a look though his
homework sheet for the week. One of his fine motor skills activities is to use
kitchen tongs to move objects from one dish to another.  This seemed the perfect opportunity to get
stuck into this with him.  I took the
kitchen tongs out of the drawer and asked him to use them to add all of the
objects back into the waterbeads and shaving foam mixture and then back again
into the water. He then decided to transfer all of the waterbeads across into
the water using the tongs as well! This did make a bit more mess than I had
anticipated, but it was a very successful fun learning activity overall, so I
didn’t really mind.

What kinds of after school activities do you like to do with
your children at home?

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15 comments… add one
  • Louise October 14, 2014, 7:56 am

    That's a brilliant activity – what a great way of encouraging their learning.

    • Nicola Simpson October 14, 2014, 11:46 am

      Thanks. When learning is fun they don t even realise they re doing it but it s still being stored away in their little minds.

  • Karen Bell October 14, 2014, 10:46 am

    What a fantastic idea, great way to learn letters, fun and messy too!
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

    • Nicola Simpson October 14, 2014, 11:47 am

      Any excuse to make a mess is usually a big hit with my boys and it was a great way to sneak in some learning!

  • The Reading Residence October 14, 2014, 12:17 pm

    This is a great idea, and does prompt me to get some water beads and give them a go. Thanks!

    • Nicola Simpson October 14, 2014, 7:14 pm

      Water beads are fab you will not regret purchasing some! We used them again today to make "cupcakes" by adding shaving foam to them.

  • Crafts on Sea October 14, 2014, 7:32 pm

    I love this so much 🙂 I really need to work on my son's alphabet so I think I'll have to borrow this idea to use at home! Thanks for linking with Tuesday Tutorials #pintorials

  • Nicola Simpson October 14, 2014, 7:46 pm

    Thanks! It can be adapted for any letter as well we re definitly going to be doing it again!

  • Deborah Patrick October 15, 2014, 8:55 am

    How fabulous is this! This is certianly something I think would help my very lazy 6yrs old get excited about learning. Thanks so much for linking up with #MMWBH x

    • Nicola Simpson October 19, 2014, 6:28 pm

      Thanks! I hope you get the chance to try this with your 6 year old!

  • Carolin October 16, 2014, 3:10 pm

    Amy would love this. The messier the better for her and I love the educational element to it.

    Thanks for linking up to our #MondayParentingPinItParty x

    • Nicola Simpson October 19, 2014, 6:28 pm

      Getting messy makes it much more fun and they don't even realise they are learning then as well which is the great part!

  • Susen Kuchta October 21, 2014, 1:14 am

    Kudos to you Nicola! That's an awesome "P" activity!!

  • Katie Pinch October 23, 2014, 3:26 am

    This looks like such a fun sensory activity, and I love how you added letter learning in!

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