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Home Learning with Hopster: Week 3 - Maths and Science

This week we’re making Maths and Science fun!

We’ll have shows, songs, and games for little ones to learn about numbers, counting, shapes, and basic science.

You can use the talking points and learning games below to compliment the lessons in these.

You can also download our printable activity sheets to help kids learn numbers in a fun way:

Monday 11th May

Watch: Earth to Luna

(Find this show on Hopster in your TV platform or in the mobile app in the volcano.)

Earth to Luna is an animated TV show featuring a curious little girl, Luna, and follows her adventures as she shares with kids her passion for science. 

Show Talking Points:

1. What did Luna and Jupiter want to figure out today?

2. What adventure did they go on to find out more?

3. Luna always has lots of questions. I’m sure you do too. What kind of things do you want to find out more about?

Recommended Daily Activity
Make a Rain Cloud Jar:
Why not make your own Rain Cloud Jar and teach your little about rain using this step-by-step guide by Stem Laboratory.

Tuesday 12th May

Watch: Messy Goes to Okido

(Find this show on Hopster in your TV platform or in the mobile app in the volcano.)

Messy Goes to OKIDO is a science-educational series that follows a curious, adventure-seeking monster called Messy as he finds the answers to everything a 3-5 year old child wants to know. 

Show Talking Points:

1. What did Messy and his friends need know?

2. If you could go on a finding out adventure with Messy, where would you go?

3. Tell me what you learned about today? Have you remembered any important words?

Recommended Daily Activity
Design and Build your own Bridge: 
This is a great engineering exercise: use everyday household items from books, to ice-lolly sticks, lego bricks to teach little ones about weight, structure and balance.

Wednesday 13th May

Listen: StoryBots Numbers

(Find these music videos on Hopster in your TV platform or in the mobile app in the flower section.)

This collection of funky folk songs helps kids learn the numbers from 1 to 10 and teaches them about time, the days of the week, and seasons.

Music Talking Points:

1. What math song did you hear today?

2. Can you name the days of the week/months/the seasons?

3. What is your favourite number/day of the week/ colour etc? Why?

Recommended Daily Activity
Grab some chalk and play number hopscotch outside. This is a great game to help little ones remember their numbers in a fun engaging way. Homeschool Preschool has 5 different games using hopscotch.

Thursday 14th May

Frog SumsPlay: Frog Sums

(Find this show on Hopster in your TV platform or in the mobile app in the hot air balloon.)

Frog Sums is a fun game that supports children’s early number recognition and counting skills through matching numerals with object quantity. 

Game Talking Points:

1. How far can you count starting from 1?

2. Can you find 1/2/3/4/ etc objects?

3. What does it mean when we add two numbers? Can you show me an example?

Recommended Daily Activity
Jumping Jacks: 
Do jumping jacks from 1-10 then 10-20.  How far can you go? Can you jump and count backwards?

Friday 15th May

Peg plus Cat - posterWatch: Peg + Cat (UK only)

(Find this show on Hopster in your TV platform or in the mobile app in the volcano.)

Peg + Cat is a fun educational show that inspires kids’ natural curiosity about maths and helps them develop new skills and strategies for solving problems creatively.

Show Talking Points:

1. What was Peg’s BIG problem?

2. Tell me how she solved her problem? 

3. Can you create a math problem of your own?

Watch: Numberblocks (Non-UK only)

(Find this show on Hopster in your TV platform or in the mobile app in the volcano.)

This educational preschool animation teaches children how to count with basic maths sums, using addition and subtraction with singular blocks that join together to make increasingly bigger numbers.

Show Talking Points:

1. What numbers did you meet today?

2. Can you show me how to make those numbers?

2. Build some simple number sentences together … 1+1=2, 2+1=3

Recommended Daily Activity
Shape Hunt: 
Look around your house for different shapes. Can you find squares/rectangles and triangles? How many of each? Make a chart to show how many.

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