Having a 2.5-year-old keeps me on my toes. She’s constantly on the go which means I’m always looking for educational activities to do with her. Mainly to keep her entertained, but also to help improve her gross & fine motor skills & cognitive development. Things like practising numbers, letters, colours, drawing, painting etc, can all help to build those vital skills.
The foundation years (0-5 yrs) are extremely important. There are many studies that show how great an impact early learning from 0-5 years has on children as they get older and move through the first few years of school.
What is the Early Years Foundation Stage
All Ofsted registered early years providers, like nurseries, pre-schools & childminders, have the same set of standards they are expected to work from. Set by the Department of Education, the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) gives all professionals a set of principles to deliver early education to children. This ensures consistency throughout all childcare professionals.
The EYFS looks at different areas of learning and development:
- Physical development
- Creative development
- Personal, social and emotional development
- Communication, language and literacy
- Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy
- Knowledge and understanding of the world
Children with a higher EYFS score have shown to have better Key Stage 1 assessment results. In comparison, children will a lower score have shown a lower result on Key Stage 1 assessments.
Early learning at home
Regardless if you’re child attends nursery or pre-school, naturally through play and exploring around the home and the outdoor areas around them, these skills will be developing.
However, there are plenty of things you can do at home to help develop those EYFS skills further. Activities like painting, drawing, building with blocks, reading or counting can really help.
Some of the more basic things you can do are things like counting each step as you come down the stairs in the morning with your little one. Or, when you get the crayons out for your child to use, name the colour of each one as you do while encouraging them to repeat what you say.
There are also plenty of resources online. Books you can order and documents you can download to print off.
With all of this in mind, I decided to create my own set of ‘Printables’ to use with my own toddler and help develop those key skills at home. They’re also a great way to keep her entertained.
I have put together a 4-page worksheet of some of the printables I use. Feel free to download and print it off to use with your own child.
Just download, print and encourage your little one to follow the lines with their favourite crayons or pencils.
When they have completed each section, talk to your child about various shapes and animals – see if they know the names of each one.
Keep the fun going by colouring in the shapes & animals with your child’s favourite colours.
Once you’ve tried them out, I would love to know what you think. Or more importantly, what your little one thinks.