We Play! videos
First watch our Welcome Video
Tips for setting up
- Be excited about playing together
- Make sure the bag is kept in a special place
- Turn off the television
- Put your phone out of reach
- Clear space on the floor that you can both sit down in
- Get the timer out to set up the train set together
Listen to a story
Click on the book cover to hear Meg McLaren read her story, The Station Mouse:
Opening the bag video:
A different way to open the bag:
Building the track video:
Maths video 2:
Tips for number:
- Sit on the floor with your child.
- Smile and make eye contact.
- Turn off the television, and don’t look at your phone.
- Model counting: Touch each object as you count it. This is called 1 to 1 correspondence.
- If they use any numbers language praise them, even if it’s not correct counting yet. “I really like your counting!”
- Use number language like couple, more, less, altogether, count…
- ‘Check’ amounts by counting. “I’m going to check how many we’ve got.” “Do we need some more?”
- Model counting objects by moving them from one place to another.
- Use language like add and take away as amounts get bigger or smaller.
- When they recognise small amounts show them the corresponding number of fingers. If they say “Three,” hold three fingers up.
Maths video 2:
Tips for story telling:
- Introduce an animal or person into the train play. Call this a character.
- Talk about where the story is happening. Call this the setting.
- Oh no! There a problem! Introduce the idea of something going wrong. Maybe the train is late, or the character has missed the train.
- Solve the problem. Create a happy ending to the story by finding a solution to the problem.
- At nursery when we are telling stories together we use the language: Character, setting, problem and solution with the children. This helps children to structure a story and solve problems.