Dear Subscriber As your child is encouraged to get back in to work mode at school is there anything you can do to make things more interesting?
Art, crafts and music are not regarded as core subjects but they are often ones that young children especially enjoy. They can also be a source of relaxation away from the stresses of the transition back to school work.
As their parent you know best what they might enjoy. So our worksheet suggestions below are designed to stimulate ideas. For more worksheet suggestions use our Worksheet Finder using the subject 'activities' to find many more ideas right for your child's age. From colouring and cooking to origami and vegetables you are bound to find something they will enjoy doing.
Look at BOOK REVIEWS below for three specially selected books on art, drawing and music.
Don't forget our Giveaways this month (see below). We have 12 different and really interesting books this month! As always, entry is free.
Back to School: 30 Tips from the Experts
Some great back to school ideas for parents and carers as you get back in to the swing of things at the start of term. All of the tips will help those with children just starting school and those who have been doing it for years. Read more...
Transition to Reception
This small booklet will give you some handy hints and tips for a child starting school this September as well as space for them to write and draw a little about themselves so that they can show their new teacher.
Art Lesson Plan for Year 1
A detailed lesson plan for teachers to teach painting portraits using art software on the computer. A picture of the child is taken and uploaded to the computer where they can use a variety of different tools and colours to paint over parts of their own portrait.
Make a Pinhole Camera
This worksheet is aimed at Key Stage 2 and starts by describing what a pinhole camera does and how it works. It can be made from items that you would usually have at home including card and aluminium foil.
Design Your Own Musical Instrument
This worksheet really encourages your child to get creative and to come up with a design for their own musical instrument. Following this there are 5 different instruments that you can try and make yourself at home. These ideas are aimed at Key Stage 2.
Ludwig Van Beethoven Comprehension
This is a short comprehension passage which briefly covers key points in the life of Beethoven. There are six questions related to the passage, the following pages have a short passage about drums with questions for your child to answer along with a page of answers.
We continually review the best new books published. Shown below are just three recent and relevant book ideas. Click on the image to find out more about them.
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