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By Jean EvansEarly Years consultant and author

Keep little hands busy while also developing fine manipulative skills with these activities

Boy with brightly coloured balls

Activities in this article:

  1. Let’s explore
  2. Rolling along
  3. Flicky football

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1. Let’s explore

Encourage children to become familiar with words associated with sports and exercise equipment through practical exploration

Communication and Language


Development matters: Build up vocabulary that reflects the breadth of their experiences (30–50 months); Extend vocabulary, especially grouping and naming (40–60+ months).

Early learning goal: children express themselves effectively…

Group size: Small groups.

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