Play Prompts – Inspiration for Learning at Home with Children – Colours

Play Prompt Inspiration

For those of you in our friendly Yes Bébé Facebook group – Babble you’ll be aware of our Play Prompts. Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been sharing these with you to help give you ideas of what to do with your children during lockdown and beyond. We know lots of you have been enjoying joining in and we want to help share ideas to get more people involved whether you are in the Facebook group or not.

We will be running themed weeks, however our hope is that these Play Prompts will form a bank of resources that you can draw from at any time. They may support a theme your little one is interested in or a topic at nursery or school.

Play is the most wonderful form of learning and we’re strong believers that there are very few things children can’t learn from play, whether that be social skills, phonics, maths, science and more.

To make things simpler to join in, from this week we will have a play prompt for a whole week. Each day we’ll add some fresh ideas around the same theme and share the wonderful ideas you are sharing too.

Inspiration not Aspiration

Our hope is that these ideas will inspire you and not make you feel like they need to be social media perfect – inspirational not aspirational. I love an elaborate set up that might take me half an hour, but equally often need to pull something out of the bag in 30 seconds. Which let’s face it can be all the time we have!

We’ll be sharing all-sorts with you. We’ll also be looking at ideas for a range of ages, including how to support learning through play with children of varying ages in the same house!

Play Prompt Plan

We want to make sure you know themes in advance – for those of you who would like to do a little planning and gather resources. However, feel free to fly by the seat of your pants and just dip in on a day.

Each theme will start on a Monday through to Sunday

  • THIS WEEK – 11th May – Colours
  • 18th May – Safari – with a special Elmer Day on Saturday
  • 25th May – Food
  • 1st June – Minibeasts
  • 8th June – Oceans

Use the #YesBebePlayPrompts if you are posting, commenting or sharing on other social media platforms so we and others can find you and share your inspiration.

If you’re looking for toys, resources or books to accompany a theme we’ve set up a specific place on the site to give you some ideas – Play Prompts.

Play Prompt this week is COLOURS

This post will get updated throughout the week so be sure to pop back and see what else we’ve added. You are a very inspirational bunch!

Use #YesBebePlayPrompts when sharing on social media so everyone can find your ideas. Don’t forget we want to help give you inspiration, it doesn’t need to be social media perfect.

For toys, resources and books for Play Prompt Colours head here.

Play Prompt Simple Ideas

To start us off, here are two very simple ideas that are perfect if you are feeling a little under the weather or just want five minutes to have a cup of tea!

  • Colour hunt – You get to sit down! You say a colour and they have to go and find an object with that colour from around the house and bring it back to you. For older children challenge them to find trickier colours such as magenta/ dusky rose or look at materials too – find something with metal that is also red.
  • Colour sort – have you got a box of unsorted toys? Or maybe a collection of animals? Whatever it is it’s time to colour sort. Just pop the toys down and away they go. If there is more than one colour on a toy, which colour is most prevalent? Which colour do you have the most of/ least of/ fewer of? Count each group and add a SumBlox or other numeral to the set. For children who are just beginning to learn words and put them together if they have say a red car, when they pick up the car you can say ‘car’. If they are at the stage where they know and say ‘car’ you can then add ‘red car’.

Play Prompt Update

Wow wow wow – what an amazing start to the week sharing your colour play ideas and activities. Don’t forget to keep using the #YesBebePlayPrompts so we can all see your wonders. Here are some of your fabulous ideas and set ups below.

Next let’s think about artists – what artists scream colour to you?

I love Mondrian with his primary colour compositions, Kandinsky and his medley of colourful shapes, Yayoi Kusama and her amazing dots oh and the bold beautiful colours of Esther Mahlangu. Don’t forget you can do anything on any day for the prompt, the ideas of artists to look at are just a little inspiration for you and can be any day.

Check out this Jackson Pollock inspired creation from this little lovely.

Here’s another fabulous round up of your inspirational play for the Play Prompt Colour. You’ve gone all arty!

Experimenting with Colours

One of our Babblers, Rebecca, gave some instructions for a colour milk experiment that you can do at home. I’ve put her instructions below. Thank you Rebecca.

  • Check out this simple STEM activity. We call it Magic Milk. Mine love it. And the best part….it’s mess free.
  • Fill a shallow dish or plate with some milk (we used coconut as we are dairy free)
  • Add a few drops of food colouring.
  • Give child a cotton bud
  • Let child move the drops of food colouring around, mixing and swirling as they go. They will create a beautiful milk masterpiece.
  • Give child a straw and let them slurp up their creation.
  • Voila fun and a snack in one!

Colour and Number Play

There’s been some more lovely colour play today and lots of you have chosen to incorporate National Numeracy day into your play too. Here’s some ideas you’ve shared.

SumBlox has been popping up all over and works so well as a learning resource alongside loose parts such as the Grapat Mandala pieces.

Colour by Numbers Activity

You don’t need a special book for these. Either use a standard colouring book, or I just draw my own pictures. Then, depending upon your child’s maths needs, add suitable problems. So for my daughter we’ll be having the numerals 1-10 to match up with different colours. For older children you could use bigger numbers with a key to which colour they represent. If they are working on addition, subtraction, division or multiplication you could have one of those problems on a segment and then depending upon what the answer is they colour a specific colour eg. you have 3×5= and if your answer ends in a five you colour it red.

A Rainbow a Day

Rainbow Window

How magical is this beautiful chalk painted window of colour from one of out Babble mums – Sara. It certainly brightened up the Babble group this week.

Colour Experiments

Sophie and her gorgeous little one have been sharing so much inspiration this week. Take a look at these science themed ideas. How cool is this idea using coloured, transparent blocks and drawing objects of matching colours. So cool!

They also had great fun with rainbow clouds of colour using Learning Resources droppers, watered down paints and shaving foam. I hope Sophie has inspired you to have some science fun!

Emilie and her lovely daughter have been busy experimenting with colour mixing this week too.

Colour Book Inspiration

There’s been lots of book inspiration this week – do head over to Instagram and make sure you are following #YesBebePlayPrompts where you can find the wonderful accounts sharing their inspiration.

More Colour Inspiration

Yet more wonderful colour play inspiration from out lovely Babblers. We agree it’s totally acceptable to make a ginger bread house any time of the year! Thanks so much for everyone who has shared their inspiration this week.

What ideas will you be sharing next? #YesBebePlayPrompts

Next week the Play Prompt will be Safari – here’s our Safari section on the website.

Let us know what else you’d like to see – together we’ve got this lockdown and beyond play covered!

Science Books by Usborne

As an Usborne books organiser perhaps I am biased, but I personally think that Usborne produce the most fantastic introductory science books on the market. Their illustrations are inviting, their text engaging and their format exciting to young readers. In addition, Usborne books are web-linked to specially selected, trusted websites that allow you to further expand on the topics that interest you the most.

Here are a few of my personal Yes Bebe favourites:

Questions and Answers about scienceLift-the-Flap Questions & Answers about Science
Suitable for: 5+
Price: £9.99

Over 60 flaps answer common childhood questions about science, covering topics ranging from gravity to the weather and human bodies. Lift-the-Flap books are always a hit in this house – and while I still have to read the content aloud, the kids are much more invested in the answers when they get to lift the flaps themselves!

Look Inside ScienceLook Inside Science
Suitable for: 5+
£9.99

This book includes all the lift-the-flap benefits mentioned above and more, combining flaps-within-flaps and sliders with fun experiments to try at home. The Look Inside books are a must in my house, as I can so rarely answer all my children’s questions about their bodies, nature, space, our world…

science things to make and do50 Science Things to Make and Do
Suitable for: 6+
Price: £5.99

A must for home-educators, this hands-on approach to science takes learning out of books and into the wider world, through experiments and activities that make science fun! Following the clear step-by-step instructions and make use of the simple scientific explanations to inspire your young scientists to greatness!

Science Scribble BookThe Usborne STEM Science Scibble Book
Suitable for: 7+
Price: £9.99

I love how Usborne books put the emphasis on the learners rather than the book, and these scribble books are brilliant examples of this. All you need is your pencil case to explore the the physics behind forces and turbines, the human body and skeletons, animal migration, and more.

Also look out for: The Usborne STEM Engineering Scribble Book – for budding engineers and Lift-the-Flap Engineering.

100 things to know about science100 Things to Know About Science
Suitable for: 8+
Price: £9.99

If you – or your kids – are fond of infographics, this is the best introduction to science topics you could buy. Fascinating and inspiring for kids and grown-ups alike, find out about topics ranging from black holes to magnetic poles – and 98 other science topics too!

Ada Lovelace – ‘Entrantress of Number’

Image result for ada lovelaceWhat do you know about Ada Lovelace?

That she was the daughter of poet Lord Byron?

That she was the world’s first computer programmer?

That she died tragically young aged just 36?

It’s no surprise that Augusta Ada Lovelace would do brilliant things. She was the child of a talented mathematician and logician, Mary Caroline Milbanke and famous Romantic poet, Lord Byron, described as ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’.

Although she lived a life of many privileges and had access to prominent academics and the upper echelons of society Ada didn’t always have the happiest of lives. She barely knew her Father and her Mother was also absent often. Poor Ada also had a life filled with ill health including paralysis caused by Measles.

You could say that these times of enforced rest gave Ada the time to become the great thinker she was. She sued the time to study flight and she devised and designed a flying machine, a great engineering feat for a child. Her Mother encouraged her studies in the hope that she could persuade Ada to be more like her and less like her scandalous Father.

Image result for difference engine by charles babbageAs a young woman she was introduced by her friend and tutor Mary Somerville, herself a brilliant scientist, polymath and early Suffragist, to Charles Babbage, a great inventor, who was working hard on his ‘Difference Engine’, a large calculator. The creativity, logic and mathematics involved completely inspired Ada and she began to work with Babbage.

Together they worked on the ‘Analytic Engine’ and explored the capabilities of this machine. Ada was one of few people who fully understood the complexities of the machine and she made long, complex Notes on the subject including, famously, her ideas for how the calculator could be programmed for uses other than pure calculation. Her free thinking mind allowed her to write the first algorithm. Writing that “The Analytical Engine weaves algebraic patterns, just as the Jacquard loom weaves flowers and leaves.”

Historian Doron Swade writes

‘Ada saw something that Babbage in some sense failed to see. In Babbage’s world his engines were bound by number…What Lovelace saw—what Ada Byron saw—was that number could represent entities other than quantity. So once you had a machine for manipulating numbers, if those numbers represented other things, letters, musical notes, then the machine could manipulate symbols of which number was one instance, according to rules. It is this fundamental transition from a machine which is a number cruncher to a machine for manipulating symbols according to rules that is the fundamental transition from calculation to computation—to general-purpose computation—and looking back from the present high ground of modern computing, if we are looking and sifting history for that transition, then that transition was made explicitly by Ada in that 1843 paper.’

There is some argument as to whether a lot of what was published in her name was actually her own work, giving more credit to Babbage as the actual author of the programmes. However, it is agreed that Ada was the one who identified the scope and potential that computers would have centuries later. There were so few women working in academic fields at this time her achievements are remarkable.

At Yes Bebe we love to celebrate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and as the ‘Enchantress of Number’ Ada Lovelace exemplifies this!

Today on International Women’s Day you can join us in celebrating Ada.

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