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Learning Through Play in the Early Years

A great resource book which has lots of ideas for play in the classroom. It is a Northern Ireland document but is useful if you teach early years in other locations.

3-5 year olds
Chinese Dragon Game

Chinese Dragon Game is an ordering and sequencing numbers game based on the Chinese New Year dragon theme.

4-11 year olds
Gingerbread Man Game

Counting and sequencing games where you can learn your numbers to 10. Works well on an interactive whiteboard.

Teachers, Pupils
3-5 year olds
Everybunny Dance

A narrated story which you can read along to about lots of bunnies which dance and play. Look out for the unexpected visitor though. There is a signing option and also a Welsh language version.

Pupils, Parents
3-6 year olds
Hit the Button

Quick fire questions on number bonds, doubling, halving, times tables, division facts and square numbers against the clock. Brilliant for improving mental maths and calculation skills, but particularly times tables either up to 10 or up to 12 times.

Teachers, Pupils
6-11 year olds
Elmo's World Games

Have fun exploring Elmo's World where there are lots of activities for you to try. Some games are useful for learning early shapes.

3-5 year olds
Christmas Patterns

A Christmas edition of our Shape Patterns game. This is a sequencing game where children from 3 to 8 years of age need to complete a sequence of Christmas icons by finding the missing shape. Excellent for logic and problem solving.

3-8 year olds
Button Bop

A memory challenge game. Can you remember a sequence of up to 10 sounds and shapes? This is a good activity for helping a child's listening skills.

4-7 year olds
3-2-1 Snack

A fun early counting game where children practise counting to 6.

Teachers, Pupils, Parents
3-4 year olds

A brilliant initiative from the Scottish Government which shows easy, fun ways to help your child be happier, learn more and enjoy a better start in life. Some great ideas for parents of young children everywhere.

Teachers, Parents
2-4 year olds
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