Activities and Resources for Home Fun 

As we begin our time with Pre-School closed, we wanted to share with you some possible ideas as to what you can be doing with your children during the weeks they will be at home. 

Routine

To begin with it may be a good idea to focus upon some form of routine. Children love routine, like many adults. So, think about breaking your day into sections. Try offering different things throughout the day. Start the day you normally would as if you were coming to Pre-School. Keeping things familiar is important to a child. 

Why not try something like the following:

  • 9am – Jump Around! – Join in with Joe Wicks PE lesson (you can also watch the recordings later) or pop your own music on and dance around the kitchen.
  • 9.30 – Sensory fun – Children love sensory play and will spend long periods of time pouring, scooping etc.
  • 10 – Snack time –  Get your child involved in preparing snack. They can help you cut the fruit, lay the table etc.
  • 10.30 – Story time – Have planned time when you sit down and share a book together.
  • 11 – Outside play – With the weather so glorious get your child outside. Give them a bucket, paintbrush, bubbles, an old box, pieces of fabric, some logs and allow them to use their imaginations.
  • 12 – Lunch time – Again, involve your child with making lunch. Spreading butter is a great funky finger activity and it really doesn’t matter if the butter is in a big lump!
  • 1 – Quiet time – Children enjoy some quiet time after lunch. If you need to tidy up give them a challenge – to build something, draw something, find something in the garden or in their room, make a den under the table where they can hide away with a book.
  • 2 – Creative time – This does not need to be messy. Children are very inventive when you just give them the resources, tools and freedom. Stand back and watch what your child does. Collect magazines, scissors, glue, paper, bits of wool, cotton wool, scraps of fabric. The list is endless and what to you may be nothing or rubbish could be transformed into a butterflies wings or a monster trucks tyres by your child.
  • 3 – Role play – Children love to role play and especially with the real thing. Allow your child to have cans from your cupboard, bags of pasta etc, Find some empty shopping bags, an old purse and wallet and some coins. If your child is interested add some strips of paper for lists. Your child can then enjoy playing shops.

Themes

Here are some general themed activities to try with your child at home.

Download them here:

General

Dinosaurs

Birds

Spring

Easter Activities

Science

Playdough

Here is the playdough recipe we use at preschool which is super easy to make and colour. If you keep it in a sealed container it will last for months.

Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan and stir over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, until the mixture congeals.

  •  2 tbs cooking oil.
  • 4 tbs Cream of Tartar.
  • 2 cups plain flour.
  • 1 cup salt.
  • Food colouring
  • 2 cups water.

Online Resources

There are a number of websites who are offering online resources and ideas for parents.  This is not an exhaustive list and we have not road tested any of them but have received them from other parents who are finding them useful.
1. Edinburgh Zoo Live Web Cams – drop in on the animals and see what they are up to.  You could talk about where the animals come from, what they might like to eat etc
2. Activityvillage.co.uk – thousands of free colouring pages, kids crafts, educational resources, puzzles, worksheets and so forth
3. orchardtoys.com – loads of printable worksheets and activities for all ages
4. familydaystriedandtested.com – take virtual trips round a number museums
5. The Ballet Coach – Daily online ballet class
6. Ladyland Art Club – Daily online craft activity at 2pm each day. 
7. Joe Wicks live PE class – participate in a 9am gym class with Joe Wicks or search for his 5 minute move videos on you tube which can be done at any time.
8. busytoddler.com – loads of ideas of what you can do with your toddlers and preschoolers.
9. Twinkl.co.uk/offer – Twinkl are offing fee online resources during this time
10. scholastic.com/learnathome – offers lots of stories to read to children or short videos of the story. 

11. Hungry Little Minds – Government campaign covering all age ranges for activities and also recommended suitable educational apps. 

 

Helping your child at home

 

Spending time at home with your children can be stressful and challenging. This goes for everyone no matter what their job role, experience or how old they are. These tips may help you and your child limit these times.

 

  • Acknowledge how your child is feeling – “I can see you are upset that you cannot ….” This is hugely important as like us all we all have times throughout the day when things are just not ok. By us recognising these feelings lets your child know that we are there for them and having these feelings also ok.

  • Help your child to calm down – Children need us as adults to help them to manage these feelings and behaviours. It may be your child calms down if left alone or they may need a hug. Other children may need the opportunity to burn energy off outside or listen to some music. Everyone is different and what calms one person is very different to someone else. 

  • Once your child has calmed down you can then talk about what happened and maybe what we could do next time if they start to feel like this.  

 

For some support with positive mindset in children I can recommend Big Life Journal  You can follow them on Instagram or Facebook. They offer helpful tips on coping with and developing self-esteem, empathy, anxiety, relationships, managing emotions etc.