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Activities to support Speaking and Listening

Starry Eyed Stan 

Read the story of Starry Eyed Stan and the friends he made. Ask your child questions about the story and encourage them to comment on each page saying what they can see or what happened in the story.

Picture cards 

Use the cards below to encourage your child to learn new vocabulary. Using the prompt cards can you get them to talk in full sentences about the objects they can see? 

Pirate stories - tell the story of your very own pirate using props

Mae your very own pirate props and encourage your child to tell a story. Start with:

Once upon a time there was a pirate and his name was .... then point to one of the pictures and encourage your child by taking turns to tell part of the story about each picture.

Organise the props into an order and ask your child if they can tell a story using each prop to give them ideas.

Shark in the Park! by Nick Sharratt

Shark in the park by Nick Sharrat

Listen to the story of Shark in the park by Nick Sharrat. Try and get your child to join in with saying the words - ‘there’s a shark in the park’. Make up some actions to go with the telescope parts. This will be really good for your child’s attention and listening. It also helps them with understanding and predicting what will happen next in books. 

Shark in the park stick puppets 

Cut out and stick the characters from shark in the park onto lollipop sticks then re-enact the story with your child. Try to remember some of the key phrases from the book. Encourage your child to take the characters on a journey round the house. Role play the voices of different characters and encourage your child to have a dialog. This is great for imagination. 

Week 4 - The Snail and the Whale

Read the story of 'The Snail and the Whale' or watch online on YouTube with a parent. 

Print out or make your own Snail and Whale (see gross motor activities or below) 

Take them on a walk round your house and show them all your favourite things. 

Now imagine you are having a chat to the whale what would he say?

(If you print out the characters  - you can stick them on lollipop sticks) 

Make a Snail and the Whale Tuff Tray

Below I have included several images to show how you could make a story tuff tray for your child. You will need sand, stones, water and preferably a bath toy whale or plastic sea creatures. It can be as elaborate or as simple as you want it to, the kids will enjoy it any which way. The aim is to encourage them to use as much language and begin telling stories and using their imagination. 

Have fun! ​​​​​​​

Week 3 - What can you see under the sea? 

Using the picture below can you tell your mummy / daddy what you can see? 
Which sea creatures can you spot? Time your selves - who can spot the most in 30 seconds? 


Do you know what all their names are? If not practise them with mum or dad. 

Activities to do with parents and whole family

The sheet below lists some fun things you could do with your family to fit with our under the sea adventure. It includes singing which is ever so important and you might even want to gather your musical instruments from around the house and have a good play along with a drum or some bells. 


Week 2 - Octopus Socktopus 


Watch the story of Octopus Socktopus in using the link below.


Which is your favourite Octopus?


Why do you like that Octopus?


If you could draw your own Octopus what would it be like? 

I think mine would be Octopus Poptopus or Octopus Rocktopus and it would have a guitar.


Can you draw me your Octopus? 


Describing a Giant Pacific Octopus

Hi Everyone,

I hope you’re all keeping well and safe. Today we are going to take a look at the ‘Giant Pacific Octopus’. It’s quite a creature. Watch the video below and see if you can think about the way an Octopus moves. 
Can you remember any other facts?


Can you show me how an Octopus would move in the Ocean or across the Ocean floor?

What does the Octopus like to eat? 
Can you pretend you are an Octopus having a tasty snack?


Can an Octopus speak?

What would your Octopus say if he could talk?


Have fun pretending to be an Octopus - you could even make an Octopus head band and some tentacles if you are feeling creative!  

Giant Pacific Octopus 🐙 | Amazing Animals

Colours in the outdoors

Getting to know natures’ colours

Go on a walk with mum and dad. How many different coloured plants can you spot? 
Can you collect some - be careful not to collect off the pavement (the woods are ideal). Pop your finds into a bag. This is an excellent opportunity to talk about colour, groupings and size with your child.

When we got back from our walk we grouped things into colour groups and then talked about the colours that bridge those groups like red and blue make purple. We created our own colour map. We also talked about the names of the different plants.


Week 1 - Talk for a minute about ...

The file above contains some cards that you can with look at on the phone / tablet or print out. 

Pick one of these cards and encourage your child to talk about the things on it for as long as they can - preferably for a minute?


You can use a timer to make the game fun.


Questions to ask to prompt your child

How ...?

What ... ? 

Where ... ? 

Why .. ?

When ... ? 

Talk for a minute about your Clown Fish

Once you have made your clown fish can you tell me about it?


How many stripes does it have?


Where does it live? 

What shape is it? 

What colour is it and why? 


Does it have a name? 

What does your fish like to do? 


Still image for this video
Where do Mummy and daddy turtles leave their eggs to hatch?

Where do baby turtles go after they have hatched?

What colour are they?

What is the Ocean?