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Activity Plan: Summer Identification Game

This activity is created with older children in mind, focusing on deepening their understanding of the world. It has the multiple benefits of being easy to create and linking to many areas of the EYFS Development Matters. Just a few items are needed to make this activity which can also be altered depending on what resources might be available.

Follow our simple step-by-step guide to have a go at this activity today:

What you will need:

· Items typically associated with summer, such as a sun hat, sun cream, swimming costume/shorts, ice cream, beach ball, flip flops, sunglasses (these can be physical items or photos)

· Items not typically associated with summer, such as winter hat, scarf, gloves, Christmas items, jumper, boots (these can be physical items or photos)

· A bag or pillowcase

Photographer: Raphaël Biscaldi | Source: Unsplash

Preparing the activity:

1. Place all the items/pictures in a bag or pillowcase, ensuring there is enough for one per child taking part.

2. Encourage the children to sit in a circle.

3. Divide the centre of the circle into 2 distinguishable sections, one for summer items, one for non-summer items. This can be done with a tick on one side and a cross on the other (drawn on paper), or perhaps a sun and a snowman; whatever is easy, relevant and available to use.

Photographer: Herbert Goetsch | Source: Unsplash

Doing the activity:

Demonstrate to the children how to play the game. Pick an item at random out of the bag, identify it, describe how it is used and explain if it is used in summer or not. For example, if a sun hat is chosen, “this is used to put on our heads, keeping the sun out of our eyes and our heads cool, so I know this item is a summer item.” Then place the item in the corresponding half of the circle.

Taking turns going around the circle, let the children choose their item from the bag, one and a time. Give them the chance to identify it, explain how they think it is used, then ask if they know if it is a summer item or not.

Encourage other children to offer help if someone is struggling with their item, adult guidance is also absolutely fine. By taking turns and listening to the other children, they will be working on focus and attention while simultaneously learning about summer. This activity not only helps to expand on knowledge about seasons, but also can also be tied in with how to keep safe in warmer weather (such as wearing sun cream, sun hats and drinking plenty of water).

Photographer: Fredrik Ivansson | Source: Unsplash

If an extended activity is needed, ask if anyone else can think of other items used in summer that are not present. These suggestions can even be drawn as a further extension.

Tracking the activity:

22-36 months

Communication and Language: Understanding- Understands ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘where’ in simple questions (e.g. Who’s that/can? What’s that? Where is.?).

30-50 months

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Self-confidence and self-awareness- Shows confidence in asking adults for help

Communication and Language: Listening and attention- Listens to others one to one or in small groups, when conversation interests them.

Communication and Language: Understanding- Understands use of objects (e.g. “What do we use to cut things?’)

Understanding the world: The world- Talks about why things happen and how things work

40-60 months

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Making relationships- Explains own knowledge and understanding, and asks appropriate questions of others.

Communication and Language: Listening and attention- Maintains attention, concentrates and sits quietly during appropriate activity.

Communication and Language: Understanding- Listens and responds to ideas expressed by others in conversation or discussion.

Understanding the world: The world- Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.