Learning through play

Learning through play

The Mouse Club games and activities will encourage your child's development as they play and learn.

Find out about Early Learning Goals and how The Mouse Club can help your child’s education. We have suggested activities and games which support each of the goals as well as ideas for you to do with your child away from the computer.

The Early Learning Goals are:

  • Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Physical Development
  • Expressive Arts & Design

Personal, Social & Emotional Development

Games

The Mouse Club games encourage and develop a child’s self esteem and confidence as they learn and play.

  • Helps to build positive relationships with other children as they learn to take turns & share fairly
  • Helps form good relationships with adults and peers

How can you help your child?

Play different board games away from the computer and encourage your child to take turns and play fairly.

If you have time, play in the games section on the Mouse Club and talk and listen to your child.

Working together with your child will help develop their confidence and build positive relationships.

Communication and Language

Reading Mouse Tales together

Children can:

  • Explore and experiment with sounds, words and text
  • Interact with others and learn to take turns in conversation e.g. talking about their favourite story
  • Speak clearly and with confidence
  • Use language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences
  • Listen with enjoyment and respond to the different stories
  • Respond to what they have heard and ask relevant questions

Looking at the stories will help children to:

  • Hear and say initial and final sounds of simple words
  • Link sounds to letters and recognise some of the letters of the alphabet found within the stories
  • Read a range of familiar and common words
  • Retell stories in the correct sequence
  • Show understanding of the elements of stories e.g. the main characters, sequence of events

Away from the computer:

  • Write some words, including simple labels e.g. the names of the mice alongside their pictures
  • Draw pictures of the different story characters and write short captions about them
  • Talk about the different characters in each story and find out your child’s favourite – why do they like that character?

Send a letter to Roly

Will help your child to:

  • Practise and develop their writing skills
  • Choose a picture, write a simple message inside the card and send it to a friend
  • Write a simple message to Santa and receive a personal reply.

How can you help your child?

Read stories to your child and look at the pictures together. Encourage your child to chat about the characters as the story develops, as this will stimulate language development and an enquiring mind e.g. what do you think will happen next? Write your child’s name, start off with quite large letters and see if your child can trace over each letter. This will help to develop hand eye co-ordination, pencil control and encourage recognition of letter sounds and their formation. Always use a capital letter for the start of their name and lower case letters for the remainder.

Mathematics

How can you help your child?

Sing counting rhymes together when travelling in the car, walking to the shops or sitting comfortably at home. Maths is all around us, in the home, street, in the car, everywhere we go. Take advantage of the world around us to develop number recognition, counting as you go along, recognising numbers on buses, car number plates, house numbers or prices in the supermarket. Play ‘I Spy’ with your child e.g. I spy with my little eye something red, or something round.

Understanding the World

Your child will become familiar with the use of ICT.

Puzzles

This activity will help your child to:

  • Use the arrow keys to move the Redmouse around the maze.

How can you help your child?

Encourage your child to ask questions as you walk around the park or in the garden and answer them as honestly as you can. Watch as the wind blows the leaves, look out for signs of new shoots in spring, grow seeds together, mustard and cress seeds will grow very quickly.

If the weather is nice, put the washing bowl outside full of warm soapy water and collect lots of plastic containers of different shapes and sizes. Your child will have lots of fun filling and emptying the containers.

Physical Development

Your child will learn to:

  • Handle the mouse with increasing control
  • Make play dough and shape the dough to make imaginative shapes and objects
  • Try out different recipes
  • Print and cut out the gift tags

How can you help your child?

Spending time with your child out of doors will help develop their confidence and ability to move around spaces carefully and confidently.

At home, playing with play dough, making jigsaws, threading beads, using small construction blocks and simple sewing will help to develop your child’s fine manipulation skills.

Expressive Arts & Design

How can you help your child?

Encourage your child to listen to a range of music. If you feel comfortable, dance and sing along with them.

Be creative together, paint a picture, draw using a range of different pens and pencils and talk about different colours.

Have fun making models out of empty boxes. Collect old coloured envelopes, bits of card and scraps of material and wool. Use your collections of bits and bobs to make collage pictures. Why not frame some of you child’s work and put it on the wall at home.