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By Louise Richmondteaching assistant in a Reception class

Float, soar and zoom through the sky exploring different types of transport with these activities

Girl playing with toy aeroplane


Activities in this article:

  1. Flying high
  2. Balloon fun
  3. Rocket launch


Discover more about these activities

Editor of Nursery Education PLUS, Tracey, introduces our ‘Sky high’ themed activities and offers more ideas for exploring the topic with your children:

‘Our colourful posters, ‘High in the sky!’ and ‘A bird’s-eye view’ are brilliant resources to support these activities. Extend ‘Flying high’ into small world play using ‘A bird’s-eye view’ airport mat or explore ‘High in the sky’ hot air balloons (and play the interactive rhyme, too). The ‘I spy… in the sky’ activity cards will provide inspiration for more designing and making, and encourage children to be more aware of other forms of transport. ‘Parachute bear’ from our web resource bank needs help to get back down to ground – so why not have a go at making him a parachute, too?’

Parachute bear in colour


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1. Flying high

Create an aeroplane role play scenario

Creative Development

Develop Imagination and Imaginative Play

Development matters: Begin to make believe by pretending (22–36 months); Engage in imaginative play and role-play based on own first hand experiences (30–50 months).

Early learning goal: Use their imagination in art and design, music, dance, imaginative and role-play and stories.

Group size: Five children.

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