On another recent trip around IKEA scouting for ideas to make resources from I spied this bucket on the way to the till, I couldn’t resist its lovely bright colour and the lovely sound and cool feel of the metal and added it to my already bursting basket of other goodies!
It has lots of opportunities for learning and development, so simple, inexpensive, but can be used in so many ways.
Remember to maximise the learning opportunities, milk them for all their worth, keep it fun, reinforce, reinforce, reinforce and keep it concrete, concrete, concrete!!!
You will need:
• 1 bucket (preferably a bright coloured one, this is a metal one from IKEA, but it can be any bucket!!)
• A selection of objects from around the environment
• A set of tickets naming the objects (laminated if preferred)
• Velcro to attach tickets to outside of bucket
• Shapes to decorate the bucket
The resource is quick to make and a great one to involve your child in making alongside you
Step 1: Decorate the bucket (fill a box with different cards, textures, shapes, papers – tissue paper, packing materials, anything you have around the house)
Step 2: Add your objects to the bucket
Step 3: Make your tickets and Velcro to the outside of the bucket
Learning and development suggestions
Velcro textures to the outside and place matching texture in bucket for child to find and explore
Velcro textures to the outside and place matching shape in bucket for child to find and explore
Velcro textures to the outside and place matching objects in bucket for child to find and explore
Velcro objects/textures with different sounds to the outside and place matching sound in bucket for child to find and recognise
Match initial letter sounds
Child to match initial letter sound on each ticket to correct object in bucket
Child to match word on each ticket to correct object in bucket
Collect objects beginning with particular letter
Collect objects with two attributes, three attributes
Collect natural objects (e.g. made of metal, wood, collect different shaped leaves)
Place number tickets on Velcro spots around bucket. Choose a number and count correct amount of objects, perhaps with a particular initial letter sound into the bucket, from a selection placed on a tray.
Fill the bucket with water, find out how heavy the bucket is when it is full
Place each object in the water find out which float and which sink
Make a chart on a magnetic board of those that sink and those that float
Fill the bucket with sand and make a massive sandcastle!
Make a castle using the bucket to make sandcastle turrets
Turn the bucket upside down and play it is a drum with hands, with wooden spoons! Make different sounds from loud banging to quiet tapping
Make up a story or a poem about the bucket!
Include your child in thinking about the story, make it up around your family, what happened one Saturday when you wanted to wash the car and the bucket had a hole in it, what happened next……
Play a memory game with the whole family- take it in turns to place an object in the bucket and say what you are putting in
“I have put in the bucket ‘a pair of shoes”
“In the bucket there is a pair of shoes and a spoon”
“In the bucket there is a pair of shoes a spoon and I am adding a pen”
There are more ideas for resources on the Positive Eye website www.positiveeye.co.uk