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Our Topic after half term is Time. I have thought of looking at times of the day, making a book about what we do at a particular time, making clocks, Talking about time of the year(seasons). But i need some inspiration, i did wonder about doing something to do with time passing, like how we didn;t have cookers. cars etc but not sure how i would link all this in for pre-school children, anybody have any good ideas, as i'm really struggling with this topic.

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the children in my class once made a 'time box' by decorating a shoe box. We then put in a dated drawing they had done, some 'writing'/ mark making, a photograph and asked the parents to add to it e.g. old baby toys,an item of clothing that no longer fit them. Lots of the parents really enjoyed adding to it throughout the year and some of the children still have them now and they are in Year 4. If you are doing cars, the Mr Gumpy stories are a good start for looking at an old car, you could make a car timeline by using 2 or 3 pictures from the story or car magazines. Another good thing that I've found helps develop a concept of time is to use different kinds of timers sand timers, rocking timers, stopwatches, etc and use them alongside everyday activities e.g can they thread 5/10 beads before sand runs out, can they complete the jigsaw, how many numbers/letters/shapes can they attempt...etc Hope this helps!

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The Time It took Tom by Nick Sharratt is brilliant, it discusses time in seconds, minutes, hours, months and finally a year. Tom is a cheeky little boy who find a pot of red paint whilst his Mum is in the garden. Hence the title... the time it takes Tom to paint the lounge! It follows on the time it takes Mum and Tom to repaint and replace the damage.

My son loved it and it has become a firm favourite in our reception class. This could be a starting point and the book will provide inspiration for a multitude of follow up ideas.

Sharon

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We once asked the children, to bring in photo's of when they were babies, and then 3 or 4 more photo's of them growing up until now. We displayed this round the classroom and the childrenreally enjoyed seeing themslves as babies and younger chilren, and provides endless topics for discussion started by the chldren :D

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Thanks for all your replies. Don't suppose anybody knows any songs that will link in with this topic.

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take a look at music over time - my toddler was amazed music came on a record... as he couldn't work out how to play it - too big to fit in cd slot, and then how crackly it was when played. through it mp3 players and you can see how time has changed. Teach them to use it and cover IT skills too!

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