Suggested Nursery Activities

Ideas of activities to take part in with your child – Nursery

Please use these activities to run alongside of the use of Tapestry.

Number songs:

  • 10 green bottles
  • 5 little men in a flying saucer
  • 5 currant buns
  • 5 little ducks
  • 5 cheeky monkeys
  • 1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish alive

Nursery Rhymes:

  • The wheels on the bus
  • Twinkle twinkle little star
  • Old MacDonald had a farm
  • Baa baa black sheep
  • Humpty dumpty
  • Hickory dickory dock
  • Miss Polly had a dolly
  • The grand old Duke of York
  • Incy wincy spider

(And any others your children enjoy singing).


  • Play alongside and with your child – develop their interests.
  • Encourage their language through play.


  • Practice counting with anything in your house – it could be when setting the table, climbing the stairs, playing with toys – anything can be counted.

Number recognition:

  • Recognising numbers 1 to 5 or 1 to 10.
  • You could go on a number hunt to see if you can find any numbers.


  • Play with shapes – go on a shape hunt – what can you find?


  • Play outside on bikes, scooters etc.
  • Move in a variety of ways – can you hop, jump, skip, run etc.?
  • Play ball games.

Reading and stories:

  • Read stories to your child/ren – encourage them to talk about what has happened in the story and who the characters are.
  • If you do not have any books, then use YouTube or Cbeebies bedtime stories and then talk about them.

Mark making:

  • Draw pictures with your child/ren – encourage them to select the colour they would need.
  • Talk about what they have drawn.

Name writing:

  • Practice writing their name – using the pre-cursive alphabet (like the font of this sheet).


  • Play ‘I spy’ – what initial sounds can they hear in words?
  • Play with rhyming words – can they hear any in stories or songs?
  • Play ‘Metal Mike’ – sounding out words e.g. c-a-t is cat.


  • Explore the world around you – what can you see, hear, smell? Etc.
  • Investigate things – what happens when you mix colours? What happened to water when you freeze it? What happens after you take it out?
  • Where do animals live? What do they like to eat?
  • Different jobs – role play being different people.