The Little House

The Little House

‘The Little House’ was the book my school decided to use as a whole school focus for a Book Week. The book was a little ‘wordy’ for my little ones to enjoy, but I took some inspiration from some of the themes and pictures explored in the story and we had a few building and wheel related activities around our classroom. We talked a little about looking after our world too…

The Little House - from Rachel (",)

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Fine Motor Work

… with nuts & bolts (sensory tray part of a set from TTS – found here)

Invitation to use fine motor skills with nuts and bolts - from Rachel (",)

Fine motor work with nuts and bolts - from Rachel (",)

Fine motor work with nuts and bolts - from Rachel (",)

Magnatiles migrated to the Finger Gym too, after it was accidentally discovered that the nuts and bolts stuck to the magnets…

Magnatiles with nuts and bolts - from Rachel (",)

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The Starry Night

Talk of the night sky in the story lead me here. I love exploring this painting with children and this particular class hasn’t looked at it, so I set up a few loose parts on the light panel…

Invitation to create Starry Night transient art on the light panel - from Rachel (",)

Transient art on the light panel, inspired by The Starry Night by Van Gogh - from Rachel (",)

Creating transient art on the light panel, inspired by The Starry Night - from Rachel (",)

Creating transient art on the light panel, inspired by The Starry Night - from Rachel (",)

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Diggers!

(And soil everywhere!)

Compost, diggers and rocks - from Rachel (",)

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Shape Pictures

We thought about buildings and vehicles, but of course they could create anything…

Making pictures with shapes - from Rachel (",)

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Building on a Small Scale

I got out my famous mini landmarks buildings for inspiration…

Invitation to build - from Rachel (",)

Famous buildings to inspire different building - from Rachel (",)

Building on a small scale - from Rachel (",)

Building on a small scale - from Rachel (",)

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Building on a Large Scale

Building inspired by a book - from Rachel (",)

Building up! - from Rachel (",)

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Cogs

Exploring…

Exploring cogs - from Rachel (",)

With push pins…

Push pins and cogs - from Rachel (",)

In dough…

This actually didn’t go to plan. They were a bit fiddly for little fingers to get out of the dough effectively – they enjoyed the patterns though!

Imprints in dough with cogs - from Rachel (",)

With a real wheel…

A wheel and some cogs - from Rachel (",)

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Car Play

Out came our printable roads from Picklebums. Love them! They allow for far more imaginative play than a road mat…

Car play in the construction area (printable roads from Picklebums) - from Rachel (",)

Car play with roads (from Picklebums) and road signs - from Rachel (",)

Car play with printable roads from Picklebums - from Rachel (",)

I’ve shared the road signs before (just made from highway code signs and photo clips). Annoyingly, I couldn’t find my old ones and these have had to be re-made. Good job I have a fabulous Teaching Assistant!

Road signs and photo clips - from Rachel (",)

Numbered Car Park

I added a numbered car park I made a couple of years ago…

Numbered car park - FREE printable from Rachel (",)

There are lots of these available online and mine hasn’t been made professionally, but if you’d like a copy you can download it here: Numbered car park from Rachel (“,)

I’ve used them in a couple of ways in the past, depending on which numbers we were looking at…

Numbered car park - FREE printable from Rachel (",)

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Train Play

Train play from Rachel (",)

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Games

Board game- from Rachel (",)

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Cellophane Shapes and People on the OHP 

(Family Counters from Learning Resources.)

Shapes and people on the OHP - from Rachel (",)

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Books

Books! - from Rachel (",)

Exploring books with a 'torch' - from Rachel (",)

Map basket - from Rachel (",)

Book fascination - from Rachel (",)

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Play Dough

Seasonal Colours

Dough with seasonal colours - from Rachel (",)

Bottle tops and dough… vehicles and other creations…

Bottle tops and dough.... vehicles and other creations - from Rachel (",)

And, a few snails. Why not?! 🙂

Making snails with dough - from Rachel (",)

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Car Tracks in Paint

Creating tracks in paint with cars - from Rachel (",)

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Cars Outdoors

Cars outdoors - from Rachel (",)

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Something to make you smile… chocolate soup and daddy elephant poo… 💩

Chocolate soup and daddy elephant poo! - from Rachel (",)

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(Earth Play)

If you are interested in more ‘Earth’ related activities, I have some in this post: Dinos and Earth Play! 

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Thanks for reading!

Drawing a car for a friend - from Rachel (",)

Drawing tracks - from Rachel (",)

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Would love you to come & say hello! 🙂 

– Rachel (“,)

Digger t-shirt... from Rachel (",)

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14 Comments

  1. Another amazing post with so many great experiences! I have to ask where did you get those amazing cogs from?

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    • Ah, thank you!
      I got the cogs from Amazon – think they’ll come up if you search jewellry cogs. Love them! ❤️

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  2. Where did you get your famous landmarks from …. love them x

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    • They are a ‘Safari Toob’ set. Amazon sell them 🙂

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  3. Hi Rachel, thanks again for sharing your wonderful ideas – love’em! Did you buy the wood slices and put the holes in them yourself? Where do you get your wooden slices from? What about the nuts and bolts – any hardware store?
    Elaine x

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    • They are slices of wood cut from a tree in the garden. The holes were just drilled through… You can see more DIY resources in this post: http://stimulatinglearning.co.uk/2016/06/diy-resources/

      The nuts and bolts were from the ‘pick n mix’ section in Wilko (again, you can see these in my DIY post) 🙂

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  4. This. This is how I want to teach! You are amazing, Rachel. <3

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    • Aw, you’re so lovely, Chris! Thank you! ❤️

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  5. You’re such an inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    • What a lovely comment! Thank you! 🙂

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  6. What are the blue things holding up the ramps in the outdoor car photos?

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