Reception Materials worksheets by School Year

Natural and man-made objects investigation

Natural and man-made objects

Have a look at these objects. Do you think they are natural or man-made? Can you draw a line to match them to the right shelves?
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Materials: similarities and differences activity

Materials: similarities and differences

This activity is designed to encourage your child to observe the similarities and differences between different materials.
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Find patterns all around you activity

Find patterns all around you

There are patterns all around us. Take a large piece of white paper and a crayon and see if you can capture some!
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Building a paper bridge activity

Building a paper bridge

Sam wants to build a bridge for his toy car. He has four different types of paper. How could you find out which one is best? Have a go yourself and find out!
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What’s in your kitchen cupboard worksheet

What’s in your kitchen cupboard?

Can you work with an adult to group some of the objects in your kitchen? Sort them into piles or draw pictures of them on these cards
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That’s my stone game

That’s my stone!

How good are your observation skills? Have a go at this game which tests how good your are at spotting the similarities and differences between objects.
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Sorting clothes worksheet

Sorting clothes

When it is time to change over your child’s wardrobe from season to season or you are having a big clear out, take the opportunity to involve them and look at what different clothes are made from. Talk about the materials the clothes are made from and together look at the labels showing their properties.
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Make a waterproof for a teddy

Make a waterproof for a teddy

It may be a wet day, but Teddy wants to go out and play! How can we keep Teddy dry in the rain? Let's choose materials to help make something waterproof for Teddy.
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Blindfold Feeling Game

Blindfold Feeling Game

Help your child to use their sense of touch to feel different hard and soft objects and then try to guess what they are.
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Blindfold Smelling Game

Blindfold Smelling Game

Help your child to use their sense of smell to work out which food or drink is put in front of them.
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Blindfold Tasting Game

Blindfold Tasting Game

Encourage your child to use their sense of taste and descriptive skills to work out which food they are eating when blindfolded.
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Design a toy activity

Design a toy

Work with your child to draw a design for a toy using labels. Your child can then make the toy and invite someone to play-test it.
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Materials treasure hunt activity

Materials treasure hunt

Encourage your child to find soft and hard objects around the house and then record what they found.
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Sorting materials: soft and hard activity

Sorting materials: soft and hard

Encourage your child to feel a variety of objects and then sort them according to whether they are soft or hard.
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Sorting toys activity

Sorting toys

An activity involving sorting toys according to a criteria discussed between you and your child.
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