activity on the floor: posting things into a box
Families are encouraged to post items (eg socks, toy cars, pegs) into a posting box (a cardboard box with holes cut in the top and sides) and find them again when the lid is lifted.
Key idea: The practitioner talks to the parents/carers about matching things into pairs and counting 1 2 as they are posted in the box. Counting an object in each hand is helpful for very young children.
activity at the table: feeding three bears porridge
Families are encouraged to feed the small, medium and large sized bears (made from shoe boxes), thinking about which size bowl and spoon (small, medium or large) each bear should have.
Key idea: The practitioner discusses how adults can help their children’s understanding of size, by talking about different sizes and pointing them out in everyday life.
As well as conversations, Peep practitioners also share these messages with parents through the use of short signs next to each activity, handouts, and cued modelling (explaining why and how they are doing something as they are doing it). Peep Stay and Play sessions also have a singing and story time, so a relevant story (eg Goldilocks and the three bears) and songs (e.g. Three furry monkeys) can link to the activities.