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Activity for nursery children incorporating 'bears'

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by ANNABEL39, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. Hi I have been invited for an interview for a TA post at a nursery. Part of the interview process is to do an activity with 6 3-4 year old's using the topic of Bears. It's only a 5 minute activity. I have 2 or 3 ideas at the moment and I have looked at Resources section on this website and have seen a few more! Just wondered if anyone had any ideas or tips...I think it's the 5 minutes that is making me wonder which one I should go for. It's not actually that long, so just need a quick, interesting activity. Want to steer away from just reading them a story or a song as suggested in my letter. Looking for something a bit different. Thanks Annabel

    Just copying this over from the TA forum to see if anyone can help. Thanks
  2. When you say, "suggested in my letter" do you mean that the school have suggested these as possible activities in the invitation to interview?
  3. yes, they said the activity may include; 'a story, song, hands-on practical activity, numeracy' Just thought a story might seem like an easy option and wanted to do something where I engaged the children a bit more.

  4. Five minutes is a very short time to do something practical, unless it is very simple, but you could introduce practical stuff into stories or songs, such as using actions (I'm thinking of the song,"When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears"). Numeracy activities could involve children in practical stuff, such as making 3 cakes for the 3 bears out of playdough, each of an appropriate size. It would probably wise to have the 3 bears to show them, and perhaps pour each the 'right' size drink before inviting children to make cakes. That might be difficult to keep to 5 minutes.
  5. May2

    May2 Established commenter

    If you have some teddies you could use them to sit on edge of table shelf etc and sing 5 brown bears or 5 teddybears sitting on the wall . 5 brown bears sitting on the wall , If one brown bear should accidently fall .......... like the green bottles. Start by getting them out of bag or box (to get children's interest) counting them out and put them on 'wall' with children helping you count. Could put 4 out and say oh I need 5 for my song, does anyone know how many more I need? then re count before stating song. Could say in interview that you could follow up with sorting the bears by size.
  6. choralsongster

    choralsongster New commenter

    How about the Miniature picnic PSRN idea:

    <u>Resources:</u> Shallow box/tray, 12
    plastic Compare bears (3 red, 3 yellow, 3 blue and 3 green) &ndash; all the same size, 4 hoop cards (red, yellow,
    blue and green), cube dice with 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 blue, 1 green & 2 white

    <u>Group Size:</u> 4


    the plastic bears in the shallow box and ask each child to choose a coloured

    that the bears are excited about going for a picnic, but first they must be
    sorted into the correct groups, eg, the child with the red hoop with look after
    the red bears and so on.

    the children to take turns of throw the dice.
    When they throw the colour matching their hoop, they can take one of
    their coloured bears and put it on their hoop card. The first person to collect 3 bears is ready
    for the picnic.

    Continue until all children have their bears, then
    encourage them to have a pretend small-world picnic

    <u>Extension:</u> Count the teddies &ndash; How many teddies do you have, how many more do you need to make 3?


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