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