EYFS aligned games to play with your little ones!

Alex O'Donoghue

Written by Alex O'Donoghue

Keep your kids learning while playing this week.

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We’re fast approaching the end of the fifth week of lockdown and we think parents deserve a medal. We know many of you are looking for extra resources which don't take up too much time and are based on early years foundation milestones.

We've put a list of our favourite EYFS-aligned activities together, categorised by development milestone. You, as a parent, are probably already covering these and way beyond, but we're doing our best. 

This post covers four of the seven early years foundation stages. We know you're short on time, so watch this space for the other three!

1. For communication and language development:

  • Ways to Help Babies and Children to Talk

    Great website set up for Cornwall (UK) residents but applicable to all parents. Try out their wonderful language development resources.

  • Early Years Educational Programmes BBC

    A range of programmes covering different topics appropriate for Early Years Children. Check out the alphabet sing-a-longs and easy phonics playlist.

2. For literacy development:

  • Puffin Storytime

    These are digestible 20-minute slots of story time magic with different authors and illustrators.

  • Elevenses with David Walliams

    Also in the accessible 20-minute format, David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories are a winner. They take place at 11am daily and stay on Soundcloud, so you can always listen to them later on if you're busy.

3. For personal, social, and emotional development:

  • Hungry Little Minds

    This area of learning is all about you, the parent, for children between 0-5. We found their 0-6 months section wonderful in its rich selection of tips to make everyday moments with your baby a learning (fun!) one.

4. For understanding the world:

  • BBC Ceebies

    We can't get enough of the different shows on this platform explaining the world to little ones. From neurons to coding (adults will learn too!) try out Nina and the Neurons.

  • NSPCC

    This wonderful charity has extended its remit to helping toddlers and families learn from home. Help your babies understand the world around them by scrolling to the bottom of their 'Look, say, sing, play' section". 

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And finally - we're not sure if we could wake up for this - we've put in Sunrise Safari which kicks off at 5am. A relaxing way to ease into those early starts!?

And for those who are tired of Joe Wicks and want to move with their smaller children we love Fit 'n Fun Kids - check out Roly and the Rocket . Enough said!

While you are here...

Until 31st May 2020, we’re making EasyPeasy completely free! As a home learning platform, EasyPeasy is very much on hand to support parents and early years educators during this unique time. Sign up here to access our evidence-based game content.

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