Finn’s first sink play had to be based on the Mummy duck who hatched ducklings in our garden overnight.


  • Ducks with letters written underneath
  • Fishing rod
  • Leaves
  • Water coloured green


I always love capturing his first reaction as Finn is always so excited.

It took some practise to wind the fishing rod up, Finn kept saying, “It is a bit tricky!”

The first letters he pulled out were ‘I’, ‘A’ and ‘N’ which he spotted were all both in Ioan and Cian’s names.

Being Finn, he managed to bring numbers in to a letter activity:

The ducks were floating around the sink and Finn observed that they were following their Mummy duck, just like the ducklings we saw in the garden this morning.

They finished of by Mummy duck calling the register and the letters for that name jumping in to the pond.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Communication and language

ELG 03 – Speaking:

Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. They use past, present and future forms accurately when talking about events that have happened or are to happen in the future. They develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting ideas or events.

Physical development

ELG 04 – Moving and handling:

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They handle equipment and tools effectively.


ELG 09 – Reading:

Children use phonic knowledge to decode regular words and read them aloud accurately.

Expressive arts and design

ELG 17 – Being imaginative:

Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through art and stories.