‘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…
Fine Motor Work
… with nuts & bolts (sensory tray part of a set from TTS – found here)
Magnatiles migrated to the Finger Gym too, after it was accidentally discovered that the nuts and bolts stuck to the magnets…
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…
(And soil everywhere!)
We thought about buildings and vehicles, but of course they could create anything…
Building on a Small Scale
I got out my famous mini landmarks buildings for inspiration…
Building on a Large Scale
With push pins…
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!
With a real wheel…
Out came our printable roads from Picklebums. Love them! They allow for far more imaginative play than a road mat…
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!
Numbered Car Park
I added a numbered car park I made a couple of years ago…
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…
Cellophane Shapes and People on the OHP
(Family Counters from Learning Resources.)
Bottle tops and dough… vehicles and other creations…
And, a few snails. Why not?! 🙂
Car Tracks in Paint
Something to make you smile… chocolate soup and daddy elephant poo… 💩
If you are interested in more ‘Earth’ related activities, I have some in this post: Dinos and Earth Play!
Thanks for reading!
Would love you to come & say hello! 🙂
– Rachel (“,)