Early Start


Week 6

22nd - 26th  February 2021




We hope you enjoyed your mid-term break and had a nice rest.


Below are some more ideas for activities you can do during the week. As always, we would love to see your photos and videos throughout the week. You can email them to us any time at this address:




If you have questions or would like guidance in any area we are available to you Monday to Friday, and will reply to all emails as soon as possible.

Revise these rhymes and songs: 


Rock-a-bye Baby


Rock-a-bye, baby, in the tree top,

when the wind blows the cradle will rock,

when the bough breaks the cradle will fall,

down will come baby, cradle and all.




Skidamarink a dink, a dink

Skidamarink a dink, a dink,

Skidamarink a do,

I love you.

Skidamarink a dink, a dink,

Skidamarink a do,

I love you.


I love you in the morning and in the afternoon,

I love you in the evening and underneath the moon.


Skidamarink a dink, a dink,

Skidamarink a do,

I love you.



Days of the Week Song

There’s Sunday and there’s Monday.

There’s Tuesday and there’s Wednesday.

There’s Thursday and there’s Friday and then there’s Saturday.

Days of the week (clap clap), days of the week (clap clap),

Days of the week, days of the week, days of the Week (clap clap). 




Ask - What day is it today? What day was it yesterday? What day will it be tomorrow? 

Small World Play


On a tray, get some grass, leaves and twigs and put some toy animals onto it. Let the children have their own small world in their home.




When you are out and about collecting things for your small world play, keep an eye out for signs of Spring. Even though the weather has been cold and wet, there are lots of clues around that Spring is here.  How many can you find?


  • Bees
  • Blossoms
  • Bluebells
  • Buds
  • Catkins
  • Chicks/ducklings
  • Crocuses
  • Daffodils
  • Nests
  • Primroses
  • Snowdrops

This is a lovely sing-a-long about Spring.





Read a book together either during the day or at bedtime.


You can find some other excellent read along books at the link below. 


This is a link to the book “When Spring Comes” by Kevin Henkes



Ask your child questions when reading:

-Discuss the front and back cover of the book.

-Ask “What do you think the book will be about?”

-During the book ask “What do you think will happen next?”

-At the end ask “What was your favourite part?”

-Talk about the sequence of the book-what happened in the beginning, middle and end of the story.


If you have not had the opportunity to join the library yet, the link to do so is below:



Shape and Colour


This week try to find the heart shape - there may be some Valentine’s Day cards still in your house. Can you find any hearts on them? Read the poem below!



Mixing the colour pink at home - red and white make pink!

Don’t worry if you don’t have any paint at home, there are other ways to create this colour.  

Here are some ideas you and your child might like to try:

  • Mix plain white yogurt and some chopped red strawberries together to get a delicious healthy pink snack.
  • Mix milk, or ice cream with some red strawberries for a refreshing pink milkshake.
  • Mix red food colouring and a little water into white icing sugar for pink icing to decorate cupcakes, or plain biscuits for a quick treat.
  • At dinnertime mix red ketchup and mayo together to enjoy pink marie rose sauce for dipping chips/fish/nuggets.


Developing Independence

-Continue to encourage your child to help out in different ways around the house. 

-Keep practising how to put on and take off coats. This link shows a little trick that can help children put on their coat without help!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoSGaJCWhOw

If your child can already put on their coat then focus on teaching them how to zip it up by themselves and tie buttons!


Physical Activity


This week we are practising a breathing exercise - Lion’s Breath

  • Sit on your knees with your feet together under your bottom.
  • Look up at the sky or at the tip of your nose.
  • Spread your fingers wide like a lion’s paw.
  • Breathe in through your nose.
  • Stick out your tongue and breathe out through your mouth with a roar - start off as Daddy Lion (loud roar), Mammy Lion (softer roar) and then Baby Lion (quiet roar.)


Get as much exercise as you can. Here are a few ideas!

  • Go to the park - run, walk, scoot or cycle.
  • Play the party freeze game https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UcZWXvgMZE
  • Dance to a song on the radio or dance to some of the songs on Go Noodle https://family.gonoodle.com/?show_user_type_select=true
  • Do you have a spare box? Let your child use their imagination and use it as a rocket, a car, a train or just to climb in and out of it.
  • Have you got any spare balloons? Blow one up and maybe draw a funny face on it.  Let your little one kick it, hit it, catch it or if you want to use a paper or plastic plate, try hitting the balloon with a ‘bat’.


Book Shop Role Play 

Continue to role play in the book shop! Allow your child to select books from around the house and put them into categories such as books for babies, books about animals, books for grown ups. Use language associated with the shop, the customer, the shopkeeper, the queue. Discuss if the customer will pay with card or cash, will the customer get change, are there any special offers at the moment?




If you have a jigsaw at home, complete it!  

Remember the steps

  1. Turn over all the pieces so that you can see the picture side
  2. Find the corner and edge pieces
  3. Look at the picture on the box to help you


Some useful links:













Take care of each other and stay safe everyone!


Ms. Gordon, Ms. O’Sullivan, Ms. Marrinan, Breda & Susan.


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