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Activities to help prepare for school


Learning activities to do with your child to

help prepare them for starting school



Learning Focus

Why is it important?

Useful links and practical ideas.

Sing Nursery Rhymes

Nursery rhymes are important for young children because they help develop an ear for our language. Both rhyme and rhythm help kids hear the sounds and syllables in words, which helps kids learn to read!

Sing nursery rhymes with Mr Tumble:


BBC Teach website. Songs and Rhymes:

Sharing Bedtime Stories

Bedtime stories have long been known to foster parent-child bonds and prepare children for sleep. But it also develops a child’s imagination and vocabulary. Vital for great learning when they are older! Read and share bedtimes stories each night with your child as part of their bedtime routine.  

The works. Online book shop. If you want to invest in some new story books:


Book Trust Website. Online books to read and video stories to watch:  

Recognise and name colours

Help your child to recognise and name common colours such as: red, blue, green, yellow, orange, purple, brown, black, pink, white, gold and silver. This will help your child with developing the vocabulary. 

Sort their toy cars or building blocks into  colour groups.


Look for colours in the house and garden.


Use colours to describe what they are playing with or looking at; eg. wow I like your brown teddy. 


Play ‘I spy’ using colours rather than letters. eg: I spy with my little eye something that is green. 

Recognise and name shapes

Help your child to recognise and name the basic shapes: circle, square, rectangle, square, star and diamond. 

This will help them with their shape, space and measure learning at school.

Play ‘I spy’ but using shapes rather than letters.


Go on a ‘Shape Hunt’ around the house. How may circles can you find?


Play this online game:  

Recognise their own name.

It is really helpful if a child can recognise their own first name before they start school. This helps them when finding things like their coat peg and bookbag.  

Have a few name labels around the house so that your child is seeing their name regularly.


Add a name label to a toy or book. Explain that this is their name and that the label shows that it belongs to them. 

Verbally count to 5

Practice counting up to 5 (or 10) verbally. Encourage your child to say each number in the correct order.

Say the number in funny voices or as a character. Eg: lets count to 5 and sound like a giant/mouse.  -Sing songs about counting eg: 1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a fish alive.  

Develop their fine motor control.

Fine motor control is the ability to control the small movements of the hands and fingers. Developing and strengthening these muscles are vital for good pencil control and writing skills later on.   

Ideas to develop fine motor control are:

  • Cutting paper using scissors.
  • Playing with playdough creating different shapes. Rolling and manipulating the dough with their hands and fingers. 
  • Drawing and colouring using pencils or crayons
  • Building with blocks
  • Using lego: pushing pieces together and pulling them apart.
  • Threading beads or pegging clothes pegs around a bowl.