Weekly Bulletin 1 - Covid-19

Weekly Bulletin: Week beginning 15th June 2020

Hello everyone!
We hope that you are well, and staying safe. We have planned a few activities for you to do at home with your children if you would like to, these activities are what the key worker children will be doing at pre-school this week. 

Activity one: Creating a Father’s Day card.


What you will need:

  • A4 piece of card
  • A variety of different coloured shapes (triangles, rectangles and squares)
  • Sticky stars or shiny paper (kitchen foil)
  • Small pieces of paper or cellophane (for rocket’s fire)
  • Small squares / circles for the windows

The method:

  1. Fold A4 card in half
  2. Write the inside of your card, encourage the children to independently write their name (remember only use capital letters from the first letter)
  3. Create the rocket on the front of the card
  4. Add stars and a moon etc. to decorate.

Things to talk about whilst creating the card: (We have added links to the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum in brackets).

  • Talk about the shapes you use (Mathematics development – Shape, space and Measure)
  • Who goes in a rocket and where they might be going (Understanding the World – People and Communities, The World; Expressive Arts and Design – Being imaginative)
  • Ask the children what adventure they might go on in their rocket (Communication and Language –Understanding, Speaking; Literacy development – Reading; Expressive Arts and Designs – Being Imaginative)
  • Counting the stars and other objects on the finished card (Mathematics Development – Numbers)
  • Talking about the moon and the Stars and what space is (Understanding the World – The World)

Extending the activity:

  • Making a Spaceman’s Rocket Pack – see attached photo (Please note that due to using string ADULT SUPERVISION is needed at all times when your child is playing with them).

Activity 2: Making a placemat.


We have created a placemat which the children can decorate and in years to come look back at this moment in history. The placemat is double-sided with a special poem from ELSA support which ties in nicely with our children being a ‘superhero’ to our country at this extraordinary time. At this time it is important for us to reassure our children and promote their personal and emotional development.

What you will need:

  • A computer / printer to download and print the attached file.
  • A laminator
  • Colouring pencils, pens etc.

The method:

  1. Encourage the children to draw their happy face (use a mirror for them to see what their face looks like when its happy)
  2. Colouring in the placemat
  3. When it is finished ask an adult to cut out both pieces and stick back to back and then run it through the laminator.

Things to talk about whilst creating the placemat:

  • Coronavirus – germs – keeping safe and washing hands (Physical Development – Health and self-care)
  • How you are feeling (Personal, social and emotional development – Managing feelings and behaviour)
  • Facial features, what is similar and different to other people (Understanding the World – People and Communities)

Activity 3: Happy faces – icing biscuits.

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Following on from the theme about happy faces, a fun and yummy activity we thought that could extend this would be to create a ‘happy face iced biscuit’! And of course the whole family can create their own too!

What you will need:

  • Rich tea biscuits or similar
  • Icing sugar
  • Small amount of water
  • Food colouring (optional – remember you only need 1 drop)
  • Sweets or raisins to decorate

The method:

  1. Mix up the icing sugar with a small amount of water and food colouring.
  2. Spread the icing sugar over the biscuit
  3. Decorate the biscuit with the treats (use a mirror for the children to see their faces)
  4. Wait for the icing to harden before eating (you could pop them in the fridge for 15 minutes)
  5. Enjoy eating them as a special treat!!!

Things to talk about whilst creating the biscuit:

  • Talk about facial features, 2 eyes, 1 nose, 1 mouth (Mathematics Development – Numbers)
  • Talk about what makes them happy (Personal, social and emotional development – Managing feelings and behaviour)

Extending the activity:

  • Making biscuits (baking)

Activity 4: Counting activity.

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This week we are focusing on numbers and counting at pre-school. We have a simple counting activities on Twinkl which you can do with your children.

Please see attached files:

  • Number line 1 – 10
  • Superhero counting sheet for all children (use the number line to help your child to write the answers)

Extending the activity:

Don’t forget you can count anything, set your child a challenge to find 3 blue cars, 4 flowers in the garden!


Some extra ideas and activities:

  • Create your own superhero
  • Role play ‘going to the moon’
  • Story – Whatever next by Jill Murphy

(Link to audiobook https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn73STXrPP0 )

Final note:

Don’t forget to have a look at our ‘Parents of Little Dolphins’ closed group on Facebook for more activities and stories for your child to see and do. If you are not a part of this group just search for it on Facebook – Our logo is a mosaic version of our Little Dolphins logo.

We hope you have lots of fun exploring the activities!