Sunny days

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By Nina Filipekfreelance education writer and supply teacher.

Bring some sunshine into your setting with these bright and lively activities

Girl wearing sunglasses

Sunshine area

Choose an area of your room that gets the most sun. Drape bright yellow fabric over any tables, cupboards and shelves. Collect postcards or pictures of sunny scenes cut out from magazines and holiday brochures. Display storybooks with a related ‘sun’ or ‘sunshine’ theme, for example, Little Miss Sunshine by Roger Hargreaves (Egmont). Find some jolly children’s songs, such as ‘The Sun Has Got His Hat On’, and make these available for the children to listen to when they are in the sunshine area.

Provide a variety of dressing-up clothes, accessories and props for role play about sunny days. Talk to the children about activities that we can do on sunny days, for example, play outside. Invite them to share their own experiences with the group.

Talk about the need to protect our skin and eyes on very sunny days. Reinforce the message by encouraging the children to wear sun-glasses and sun-hats during role play in the sunshine area. Tell the children that they should never look directly at the sun because if they do it can seriously damage their eyes.

Suggested resources

Yellow fabric; sun-hats; sun-glasses; empty suncream bottle; folded paper fans; cassettes or CDs of sun-related songs; cassette or CD player; sun-related books; holiday brochures; postcards showing sunny places.

1 All in a day’s work

Focus on the light at different times of the day

Knowledge and Understanding of the World


Development matters: develop an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time (30-50 months); use time-related words in conversation (40-60+ months).

Early learning goal: find out about past and present events in their own lives, and in those of their families and other people they know.

What you need

Group size: small groups.

What to do

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