Year 2 Home Learning Ideas
Below are some ideas and links that you can do with your child while school is not in session.
Play board games (snakes and ladders, Scrabble is great for spelling, use their sight words or essential list words - let them have the list if this helps. Teach them to play Yahtzee to build on their maths. A free printable of the scoring sheet is available here - https://www.memory-improvement-tips.com/yahtzee-score-sheets.html ).
Play card games, snap, last card, Uno.
Science experiments - Google ‘science experiments for kids at home’ and lots of options come up that use everyday items you may have in your cupboards
Lots of museums/zoo’s etc are offering virtual field trips. Take one then write about it.
Read a novel together, a chapter at a time, one or two chapters a day. Talk about what they think might happen next, who are the characters. Draw the characters, the setting/locations.
Teach your child how to tie their shoelaces (if they do not know how to already)
Get outside and do something, play catch, frisbee, kick a soccer ball, pass and catch a ball (different sizes, from tennis balls to netball/basketball size).
Google kids yoga and practise this at home.
Build fine motor skills (have your child draw or colour using correct pencil grip), teach them to sew, knit or crochet (use online tutorials through youtube to help you).
Turn off the internet
Have them research things they are interested in, a place they would like to visit, a career they might like to have.
Have them do a STEM challenge, build a tower/boat/bridge out of random materials from around the house (newspaper, playdough, sticky tape, popsicle sticks etc)
Take this opportunity to ensure your child can spell their name (first and last name), know their birthday and their address and can write it down.
Teach them how to use household equipment, ie the washing machine. How to wash a car properly. How to make toast & butter it.
Use this opportunity to show them how to make their bed, fold and put away washing, how to vacuum or wash floors.
Teach them how to make a very basic meal, even if it is just toasted sandwiches or baked beans on toast.
Handwriting - encourage correct pencil grip, correct letter formation and size
Turn the lights off, grab a torch and read in the dark.
Read your favourite picture book to someone in your family. You could even skype a friend and share it with them.
Read along with an online story.
Sight word games - bowl a sight word, memory match sight words
Practise their alphabet (if they do not already know it), can they identify the letters (both capital and lower case) Can they say the sound?
Write a letter to a friend, Grandparent, Uncle, Aunt or a sibling
Find an object from around the house beginning with every letter of the alphabet and write them on a list.
Design and write about your own dream bedroom.
Build a hut inside using blankets/chairs/sheets etc and write about the experience
Brainstorm rhyming words and make up a family or individual rap song.
Write simple clues on small pieces of paper and set up a treasure hunt to find a favourite toy somewhere in the house.
Fill a bucket with water and use paintbrushes to write sight words on the concrete outside.
Use lego and small toys to make a stop motion movie (download the app Stop Motion to an iPhone or iPad). Write a story for your movie.
Set up a play shop and make your own money. Write shopping lists.
Write compliments and messages to others in your house. Place them around the house for others to find and enjoy.
Write an imaginary story and create stick or finger puppets to act out our story.
Play cinema - make an invitation card, tickets, popcorn, give your guests a rug and watch a movie together.
Write a magic potion and make the potion using non-toxic liquids (don’t drink it)
Conduct a statistical investigation and make a tally chart or graph - how many cars go past the gate, what colour cars go past the gate,
Write silly sentences, e.g. “the cat went to the shops to buy toilet paper”. Encourage the use of punctuation and capital letters.
Bake a cake or muffins using a cookbook or a recipe online. Follow each step and measurement carefully.
Have a paper aeroplane competition with your family. Make your own plane and see whose flies the best/furthest. Measure the distances using pencils, lego, cans etc. and write down the results.
Make a spoon catapult and see how far you can make a small object travel. (this is a variation of the paper aeroplane activity)
Set up a play shop and make your own coins to use. Take turns being the shopkeeper and the customer. The Shopkeeper can practise giving the correct change and the customer can practise staying within their budget.
Water play- buckets, scoopers, pouring jugs, straws, bubbles, different sized jars. Learn about volume and comparing the volume of different shared containers. Make predictions about how many scoops will fill up a container and see how close your prediction was.
Teach your child how to read the time. (quarter to, quarter past, half past, minute past the hour, minutes to the hour).