Theme days offer a great way to spice up the lives of your little ones a bit, and help them to learn new concepts along the way. If you hold a theme day once a week or once a month, it will also help to mark time for preschoolers who will begin to understand the concept of a week or a month respectively.
Choose a theme, dress up for it, play themed games and undertake themed craft. There are lots of colourful themes to choose from, here are a few ideas:-
The only limit is your imagination, you can even choose really abstract themes - your little ones don't mind, they will simply love the involvement.
Learning the concept of big and small may seem quite simple, but in fact, learning about size is a part of mathematical concepts. Here are a few activities for the children to try out to help them learn sizes:-
Teddies and Wellies - Line up some wellie boots or shoes and grab a few different sizes bears and dolls. Try putting the dolls and teddies in each of the pairs of shoes. Predict whether the toys are too big or too small to fit in!
Dress-up time - Take a selection of hats, shoes and coats that belong to different members of the family. Try them on and decide if they are too big or too small!
Messy time - Make some hand prints with other children or do some yourself. Look at the prints together and say which are bigger and which are smaller. Measure them with a tape measure if you have older children or cut them out to compare them.
Story time - Read Goldilocks and the Three Bears and act out the story using chairs, different sized bowls etc.
Tubs and pots - Take a few tubs and pots of different sizes. Look at them and compare them. Fill some with water. Transfer the water between them to see which hold more and which are bigger than the others.
Books - Go to a bookshelf and look at all the books. Compare the sizes of the books and sort them in size order. You'll end up with a tidy books shelf too!
World Book Day 2010 falls on Thusday, 4th March (in the UK) and events all over the country are already underway to embrace and celebrate reading, why not attend an event in your area? The World Book Day website has a list of events largely focused on public libraries. If your children don't already borrow books from your library, then this offers the perfect opportunity to join up and introduce your children to the wonders of books!
World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading. In the UK events are organised by a charity with financial backing from National Book Tokens, publishers and booksellers. The aim is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of reading and encourage book ownership. World Book Day is celebrated in over 100 countries, although most countries celebrate it on St. George's Day (April 23rd).
Even if there aren't any events local to you, you can always organsie your own World Book Day event in your own home! Why not dress your children as characters from their favourite books and have a special reading in the afternoon where you read their favourite books to them? Visit the shops and let them choose a new book to buy, or arrange with friends to lend your favourite stories to each other so that you can share the delights of your own library!
When you were a teenager, you probably had no idea what career you wanted to pursue, yet ask your toddlers, and they know already...nurse, train driver, pilot, doctor, police officer, spaceman?! Your local toy shops undoubtedly stock a great range of dressing up outfits, and toddlers love nothing more than dressing up as superheroes, fairies, princesses or professionals. You don't have to go to the expense of buying expensive clothes for your kids to enjoy dressing up in. Tucked away in your wardrobe, you probably have some clothes that you haven't worn in a long time, and most likely have no intention of wearing again?! Why not turn these into some fun dressing up outfits for your children. Some of them may not resemble any outfit that they might want to wear, but they'll simply love that it's a garment that you used to wear - it's not important that it isn't a superhero costume or fairy outfit, all that matters is that they can dress up like mommy and daddy!
Some garments that you're willing to pass down to the next generation might be adapted into fun outfits with just a small amount of work. Do you have brightly coloured clothes that could might be turned into a pirate outfit? Old white T-shirts that could be turned into a doctor or nurse outfit with just a few accessories drawn on with fabric pen? ...or maybe some garments that could literally be cut into shreds and sewn onto a T-shirt to create Peter Pan, Robinson Crusoe or even a fairy costume? Just a small amount of talent and a little bit of imagination can go a long way, and your kids will simply adore a good box of clothes to dress in and take on new personalities!
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