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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:

 

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A different way to open  the bag:

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Building the track video:

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Maths video 2: 

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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: 

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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.