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STEP Starter Sacks is an exciting new early years programme bringing play-based learning activities into the homes of Gypsy/Traveller children. Our aim is that every child is able to learn through play, offering the best start for going to school and improving opportunities throughout life. 

Latest news on the STEP Starter Sacks

Dissemination in eight local authorities

The first Sacks have now been distributed to eight local authorities – Aberdeenshire, Angus, Dundee, Moray, Argyll & Bute, E.Ayrshire, S.Lanarkshire and Perth and Kinross. We will provide updates on how they are being received by families. 

About the STEP Starter Sack Programme

When families get involved they will be offered a Starter Sack containing paints, craft materials, puppets and lots more.  The Sacks also contain activity cards with links to ideas and activities on this website.  You will have a key contact person who will be able to answer any questions. This will usually be a someone from the local school or nursery or a Traveller site manager.   The contact person will let you know when more materials are available.

To find out more about getting involved in the Starter Sack programme, get in touch with your Gypsy/Traveller educator, the local primary school or nursery, your site manager or email STEP at step@ed.ac.uk

  What’s in the sack?

Watch these short videos to find out what you get in the STEP Starter Sacks!

  Idea Starters

Playing inside and outside the home helps children to make sense of their world, to challenge themselves, manage their emotions, interact with others and enjoy time alone. These skills are all important for starting school. Every child is different. Some will enjoy being outside and getting messy, others might prefer sitting at a table drawing. Watch our short videos to get started. Remember, there is no right way to play and the important thing is to have fun!

Messy Play

Exploring nature

Construction

Patterns

Growing

Exploring colours

Exploring insects

Growing cress

Finding footprints

If you are a teacher or local authority staff, find more information here:

STEP Starter Sack information for teachers

  Chatting and counting With Pictures

Every STEP Starter Sack includes a set of 10 hand-drawn family activity cards. The cards were made by Scottish Traveller Kelly Stewart and her artist friend, Jo Waterhouse.  You can use them to chat about Traveller life past and present or share stories.  You can get all generations involved.

Get in touch with STEP if you’d like a printed pack.

 

Follow the numbers below to reveal a picture behind each of the numbers.

One Fire

One Fire

1< Back to counting with picturesHow many fires?Looking and seeingWhat can you see? Can you take your eyes for a walk around the picture.  Start at one edge and move to the other. Think about all the people, things, shapes, patterns and colours you see. Now close...

Two Famels

Two Famels

2< Back to counting with picturesHow many famels?Looking and seeingWhat can you see? What do you think is happening in the picture? Famels is another word for hands. What is the girl doing with her famels? CHATTING AND WONDERINGLots of people use their famels to...

Three Tents

Three Tents

3< Back to counting with picturesHow many tents? Looking and seeingWhat can you see? Take your eyes for a walk around the picture. Look for clues to tell you what time of day it is? What is the lady doing?CHATTING AND WONDERINGSometimes you can’t see everything and...

Four Hoofs

Four Hoofs

4< Back to counting with picturesHow many hooves? Looking and seeingWhat can you see?  Can you describe the colours and the surfaces  in all the different parts of the picture.CHATTING AND WONDERINGWhat is the weather like in the picture?  How can you tell? What is...

Five Brambles

Five Brambles

5< Back to counting with picturesHow many berries? Looking and seeingWhat can you see in this picture? What kind of berries can you see? How many different colours of green leaves can you see? CHATTING AND WONDERINGWhere do you find berries? What is the girl...

Six Pleats

Six Pleats

6< Back to counting with picturesHow many pleats? Looking and seeingWhat is happening in the picture? Can you describe the girl’s face? What do you think she is thinking?CHATTING AND WONDERINGDo you remember any special occasions when you have had your hair done or...

Seven Clothes

Seven Clothes

7< Back to counting with picturesHow many items of clothes?Looking and seeingWhat can you see in the picture? Can you describe the sky?  Do you think this is a good day for hanging out washing?CHATTING AND WONDERINGAll the clothes on the line are the same colour...

Eight Notes

Eight Notes

8< Back to counting with picturesHow many musical notes? Looking and seeingWho is in the picture? What age do you think they are?  What is happening?CHATTING AND WONDERINGIs there a song that everyone in your family likes to sing?  Do you have favourite songs that...

Nine Flowers

Nine Flowers

9< Back to counting with picturesHow many flowers? Looking and seeingWhat can you see in the picture? What are the things lying on the red patterned rug?CHATTING AND WONDERINGWhy do you think the girl and the older woman are making the flowers?   Do you think...

Ten Homes

Ten Homes

10< Back to counting with picturesHow many chalets and homes? Looking and seeingWhat can you see in the picture?CHATTING AND WONDERINGThe black van looks as though it is coming back home. Who do you think is in it? Where might it have been?CREATING AND MAKINGThe...

  Early learning and play activities to try at home

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