Below you will find a range of different activities to do with your children at home. I will continue to post new ideas regularly so be sure to check back! If you do any of the activities below we would love to see your creations and share some on our website. Please send them over to firstname.lastname@example.org Stay Safe Everyone! 🙂
Lay out some masking tape (or any tape you may have) and encourage children to use a car, pen, toy etc to follow the lines.
While on your walk or out in the garden why not collect some leaves. Add numbers to the leaves and provide pegs for children to try and clip the correct amount of pegs to the leaves. Gives children great opportunity to talk about the world around then, recognise numerals and select the correct amount to a given number. Whilst developing fine motor skills to attach the pegs.
Mark Making in Coloured Rice – Mark making in coloured rice is another activity with multiple learning outcomes. What colours can they see in the rice? What shapes can they make? Can they write their name? Do they show control over mark-making materials? Maybe they just want to explore the rice as a sensory experience.
Shadow Drawing – A great activity for those dryer days. Children can use their own shadow or your shadow to draw around, add faces etc. Maybe they could create their own superhero based of either their favourite characters or our everyday ‘superheroes’.
If you don’t have chalk and the weather stays miserable, perhaps get a torch out and tape some paper to the door, you will need a few more people for things to work this way but some family fun for all to join in with. Afterwards you could make a den and use the torches in the den.
Colour Sorting – A good way to use up those toilet roll tubes! Colour or paint the tubes with the children before leaving them to dry. Then find small items of different colours to place inside the tubes. I appreciate you may not have pom poms or perhaps tubes but perhaps adapt the activity to different tubs or baskets with a colour placed infront of it. Children to then go on a colour scavanger hunt around the garden or house to find items to put in the right tub. If you are doing the baskets it is also a fab way to get them tidying away toys. ‘Can you find me a red one!’ How about purple?
Sensory Bags – You will need a ziplock bag and a liquid based product this can literally be anything – Shampoo? Paint? Hair Gel? Or even just water. If you have it why not add some glitter in. These bags are fun to poke and mark make in. You may wish to tape it down to protect your house from spillages :D.
You will need an empty bottle, some water, cotton wool rounds and glitter to make a bottle like the one above however don’t feel limited. Get creative. get together items you have lying around the house and make a sensory bottle out of the things you love. At Little Dragons we have made bottles using rice, sand, water, pebbles etc. Opportunities are endless.
- Make-believe play
Using figures, teddies or dressing up play make believe games to promote your child’s imaginative skills.
- Number games
Collect up items and encourage your child to count them.
Example: Collect stones or leaves the garden and count together how many you have found. You could use a pen to mark numerals on the found items and hide them for your child to find. See if they can identify the numerals and then can you find any of those numerals around the house? On clocks, watches, calendars, phones etc.
- Read together
This will help your children’s language skills.
- Encourage your child to ‘’read’’ to you!
Encourage them to tell you a story from the illustrations they see in a book. Ask them open ended questions to prompt their thoughts i.e. Where, why and how questions. This will support their language development, understanding and attention span.
- Involving them in the things you are doing, such as household chores, and talking with them about it.
- Wash up together – This can help broaden your child’s vocabulary if you say the name of the items as you go.You can also draw attention to shapes and sizes of plates and bowls.
- Cook together – Encourage your child to help mix ingredients or chop softer foods with blunt, child safe knives. You can talk about how we stay healthy whilst practicing everyday life skills.
- Pair Socks-This will support your child’s attention span and mathematical development, encourage them to pay attention to patterns, colours and sizes!
- Dust– Simple and fun! All you need to do is give them a duster or a cloth. Children will practice following instructions.
- Clean the car/bikes and trikes – A bucket, a sponge and some warm soapy water is all you will need. Children will learn about simple concepts, mixing materials and practice increasing their attention.
- Gardening – Water the flowers, plant seeds and pull weeds! Children will learn about the naturel world around them and how to care for living things such as plants.
- Make a photo book
You could find photos of funny, or memorable, family events and talk about it with your child. If you have access to child safe scissors, encourage your child to cut out photos and stick them onto paper or into a note book. This will help your child’s practice using simple one handed tools and also talking about special times and events.
- Sing songs together that encourage your child to use their imagination. For example, try singing the wheels on the bus and ask your child to suggest other things on the bus and describe what sound they make.
- Put on some music and play ‘musical statues’.
Dance together then stop the music – see who the first person will be to stand still. This will help with spatial awareness, moving in response to music and listening for ques.