The children had to find hidden blocks, match the numbers and then make a word with the letters painted on the reverse side.
Links to EYFS:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Understanding of the World
Expressive Arts and Design
We started the weeks activity by preparing some wooden blocks beforehand. We painted them in bright primary colours with the numbers 1 - 7 painted on one side and letters on the other. We hid the blocks around the site and challenged the children to see if they could find them. The hunt was on!
When the children found a hidden block, they had to return it to a designated area and place it onto a long plank of wood which had corresponding numbers written on it. They turned each block over to reveal the letter on the reverse side. Once they had found all the blocks, the word was revealed and it spelt out:
R A I N B O W
We then went through the letters one at a time and sounded them out to form the completed word. We continued to play the game several times, each time hiding the blocks in more difficult places to find. When the children found a block, they may not have been able to reach it so had to think of a way to get it. This involved either finding something to stand on, such as a log, or using something to reach it with such as a rake. The game encouraged the children to work together in a group, use problem solving skills and focused on their literacy and number work.
We read the book "What Makes a Rainbow" and talked about colours, letters and phonics.
Challenge your child to find items from around the house that represent the colours of the rainbow which are: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet.