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Communication and creativity

These Clickety Books come in a set of three, and will not only inspire the children with delightful stories, they also come with accompanying puppets. With 6 puppets, featuring Chatty Bat, Clip Clop's Picnic and Jake's Cakes, engage the children with illustrations, rhythm, rhyme and repetition. 

You can buy your Clickety Book set now

 

 

Activity Ideas

1. Read and describe 

Gather round for circle time, story time or quiet time and engage the children with the books. Let them choose which book you read, feel the pages and turn the pages. Why do they like that book? Talk about each page, what is happening on the page and what do they see? Discuss their feelings towards what is happening and ask the children about their emotions. 

EYFS: Communication and language, mathematics, literacy, personal, social and emotional development, understanding the world, physical development. 

Foundation Phase: Language, literacy and communication skills, physical development, mathematical development, personal and social development, knowledge and understanding of the world, welsh language development.

2. Puppet role play and turn taking

Let each child choose an animal puppet, ensuring they understand the importance of caring and turn taking between the puppets. Together, read through each book and when each character appears, the children and role play with the animal. 

EYFS: Communication and language, literacy, personal, social and emotional development, understanding the world, physical development.

Foundation Phase: Language, literacy and communication skills, physical development, personal and social development, knowledge and understanding of the world, welsh language development.

3. Animal fun

After reading the books, talk about the animals on an individual basis. What sound does a horse make? What colour is a horse? Where do horses live? Have you ever seen a horse? What size are they, large or small? Increase understanding of the world and develop their animal knowledge. 

EYFS: Communication and language, mathematics, literacy, personal, social and emotional development, understanding the world, physical development.

Foundation Phase: Language, literacy and communication skills, physical development, mathematical development, personal and social development, knowledge and understanding of the world, welsh language development.

4. Draw and create

Take an animal puppet and ask the children to sit around the table. Give the children a focus of the animal puppet and ask them to draw or paint the puppet. This can be done using any media you like; crayons, pencil, paint, play dough or chalk. Talk to the children about what they are drawing and let them create their own interpretation of the animal. It is not about creating a beautiful perfect picture, it is about developing their fine motor skills, imagination and creativity towards the task. 

EYFS: Communication and language, mathematics, personal, social and emotional development, physical development, expressive arts and design.

Foundation Phase: Language, literacy and communication skills, physical development, mathematical development, personal and social development, welsh language development, creative development.

5. Make the sounds

Focus on the sounds each animal makes, can the children identify that a horse says neigh and a bird says tweet? How to they interpret more challenges noises such as rabbits and bats? Relate these sounds to songs you might sing in your setting like 'Old Mcdonald had a farm', 'BINGO', 'a slippery snake' or any you may know. The repetition encourages learning and solidifies their memory. 

EYFS: Communication and language, literacy, personal, social and emotional development, understanding the world.

Foundation Phase: Language, literacy and communication skills, personal and social development, knowledge and understanding of the world, welsh language development.

6. How does an animal move?

Get the children up and moving around the setting and role play each animal. Discuss with them how each animal moves and the sounds they make when they are running or hopping. Can they slither like a snake, bounce like a rabbit and gallop like a horse?

EYFS: Communication and language, personal, social and emotional development, understanding the world, physical development.

Foundation Phase: Language, literacy and communication skills, personal and social development, knowledge and understanding of the world, physical development.

7. Mark making with animal foot prints

Create the animal footprints using plastic animals, a potato, sponges or shapes you have in your setting and cut the shapes into the media if needed. You can make a bird, dog, horse and more! Using the created footprints, engage the children by talking about each animal and the footprints they make. Allow them to print using paint or on play dough and relate the prints back to the puppets and books. 

EYFS: Communication and language, personal, social and emotional development, understanding the world, physical development, mathematics.

Foundation Phase: Language, literacy and communication skills, personal and social development, knowledge and understanding of the world, physical development, mathematical development.

8. Learn about animal habitats

Why not take a trip around your local area and go to the park, the local stables or simple look around from your setting. If you are limited to your setting, why not create cardboard cutouts of the animals and place them around the setting where they may live. The snake within the bushes, the birds up in the trees and more. Can the children see the animals around, where are the birds living? Are the rabbits bouncing across the garden? If you have a local farm nearby, why not contact them to visit their animals?

EYFS: Communication and language, personal, social and emotional development, understanding the world, physical development.

Foundation Phase: Language, literacy and communication skills, personal and social development, knowledge and understanding of the world, physical development.

 

Take a look at our spotlight on literacy for useful resources and tips!

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