In nursery we love to transport! This is when we move things from one place to another, filling every container we can find! So many of our children in nursery love to do this you might have noticed them doing it at home too!
Does your child like to fill up bags, buckets, prams and sometimes just their hands? Do they constantly take things from one place to another? Do they hide things in a special place? Do they collect things on their travels? Are their pockets always full?
Don’t worry! We see this at nursery too. It’s a completely normal part of their development. However we know this can be challenging , especially when everything keeps disappearing!
So we had a think about how to help the children learn through their transporting. First we read the children a story about their transporting (names have been hidden!)…
The children were very excited to read a book where they were the characters. They knew they liked to move things but talked about not being able to find things to play with. They decided that they would quite like lots of bags to fill up but they would remember to put things back when they had finished. We gave the children lots of bags and sacks to fill with things. The children had to remember to use their toys once they had taken them somewhere. We talked to the children about what they were going to put in their bags.
We made a game with the bags. We packed Christmas gifts for the different characters in the Jolly Postman. We had to look what was on the picture and just put those things inside the bag.
We made Santa’s sleighs to carry things around. We had sacks for toys and had to remember to deliver them to the right people. We then had to collect things back up to take them to the next children.
We made big Santa sleighs outside using the play pod. We filled suitcases with toys to deliver.
We did lots of posting activities to make our transporting more purposeful.
We also did other activities like carrying blocks in the wheelbarrow, dressing up as the post man to deliver letters and finding a new way for Santa to carry his presents when his sleigh broke down.
Does your child transport? You can help to move their learning on…
Give children things to help them transport:
Bags, rucksacks, suitcases, bikes, trucks, prams, mops, brushes
Let them help with activities like:
Sweeping, vacuuming, tidying up, helping with unpacking shopping, writing and posting letters
Children will enjoy visits:
To the post box, the shops, transport museums, riding on buses and trams