Finger gym - decorate the crowns with gems, jewels and loose parts.

Cc is for Crown; "Finger Gym" Activity: Decorate Crowns with Gems, Jewels & Loose Parts (from TishyLishy)

Numicon Padlocks. Fine motor and maths in one :-)

“From an idea I'm sure I saw somewhere on here, but can't remember where, our Numicon Padlocks

Small challenge table, where children find their personal challenge book and complete a different challenge each day.   This one is to match each capital letter with the correct lower case one.

Small challenge table, where children find their personal challenge book and complete a different challenge each day. This one is to match each capital letter with the correct lower case one.

This one is to replicate the photos of Mr Potato Head!

Small challenge table, where children find their personal challenge book and complete a different challenge each day. This one is to replicate the photos of Mr Potato Head!

3. Each child has their own challenge book which they will find in a basket next to their activity. When they've completed the activity they find an adult to check what they've done and sign off their book. (We always have one adult floating/doing challenges). Support can be given to complete the challenges where needed but this is then reflected in our marking criteria as seen in the next picture.

3. Each child has their own challenge book which they will find in a basket next to their activity. When they've completed the activity they find an adult to check what they've done and sign off their book. (We always have one adult floating/doing challenges). Support can be given to complete the challenges where needed but this is then reflected in our marking criteria as seen in the next picture.

Draw a picture of yourself  and cut it out.....  how many sticks can you put in the mini sieve?

Draw a picture of yourself and cut it out. how many sticks can you put in the mini sieve?


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2.  Each activity has a talk button which the children press to find out what the challenge is. The idea is that the children can then complete this challenge independently, with each activity being specifically chosen to target an area of learning that we are currently focussing on.   We find that the children need reminding to find their own challenge each day, but are then happy to sit alone and concentrate on the activity once they are there, and feel a great sense of pride on…

Love the idea of using talk buttons/recordable pegs to explain the challenge!

1. We split our children into 4 general ability 'challenge groups'. Ours are Elmer, The Gruffalo, The Hungry Caterpilllar & Mog the Cat, with each group having a clearly visible poster with each child's name on, so they can check which group they're in at any time. There will be a challenge for each group each day - the children just need to look for their group picture to find their own daily challenge.

1. We split our children into 4 general ability 'challenge groups'. Ours are Elmer, The Gruffalo, The Hungry Caterpilllar & Mog the Cat, with each group having a clearly visible poster with each child's name on, so they can check which group they're in at any time. There will be a challenge for each group each day - the children just need to look for their group picture to find their own daily challenge.

Small challenge table, where children find their personal challenge book and complete a different challenge each day. This one is to select a picture card and then use the puzzle blocks to make the same picture. Intense concentration and observational skills required!

Small challenge table, where children find their personal challenge book and complete a different challenge each day. This one is to select a picture card and then use the puzzle blocks to make the same picture. Intense concentration and observational skills required!

Small challenge table, where children find their personal challenge book and complete a different challenge each day.   This one is to look at the alphabet pictures and see how many things they can spot that begin with the corresponding sound. Our children love these old fashioned resources too!

This one is to look at the alphabet pictures and see how many things they can spot that begin with the corresponding sound.

4. We mark each completed challenge with the date, staff initials and 2 stars for independent successful completion, 1 star where support has been given, and a smiley face where they were unable to complete it successfully. We have 4 activities each week, with each of the 4 groups being swapped around the challenges each day, leaving a spare day for any 'mopping up'!....

4. We mark each completed challenge with the date, staff initials and 2 stars for independent successful completion, 1 star where support has been given, and a smiley face where they were unable to complete it successfully. We have 4 activities each week, with each of the 4 groups being swapped around the challenges each day, leaving a spare day for any 'mopping up'!....

Small challenge table, where children find their personal challenge book and complete a different challenge each day. This one is to help Rastamouse answer the addition sums, using the mini cubes and an addition mat.

Small challenge table, where children find their personal challenge book and complete a different challenge each day. This one is to help Rastamouse answer the addition sums, using the mini cubes and an addition mat.

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Challenge in continuous provision - 'encouraging' children to take on a challenge whilst maintaining a high level of engagement and 'telling' them they have to do something and risking low levels of engagement and low levels of attainment.

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