Sometimes, you just want to break free - do something different, try something new, break the rules! It's the same if you're a child. So often we insist that the children follow a routine, do things in a certain order, and follow various rules. However, just occasionally, its fun and exciting to do things in a different way. Here are just a few ideas to suggest to the children to shake things up a bit. You could ask their ideas and see what they come up with. Make sure they understand though, that this is a special, unusual kind of day and not the norm...just in case they get any ideas!
Children love water and if its in a paddling pool on a summers day it's even more exciting! There are some great games and activities you can get the children to enjoy which are fun and also promote learning through playing.
Listed below are a few ideas:
Get some fun into your every day routine with these sparky ideas to perk up the most mundane activities...
Bathtime fun: If bathtime ever begins to get tiresome, why not play hair dressers and use the suds from the baby shampoo to make fun hairstyles with your baby's hair! Show what they look like with a plastic mirror and see their reaction to looking like an alien!
Changing roles: why not encourage your little one to look after you for a while. Get them to cuddle you, wrap you in a blanket on a comfy chair, stroke your hand or forehead etc. Or, see if they will tuck you into bed for a pretend nap and sing you a bedtime song. They will love it!
Picture book: Look through old pictures and choose some to make a big family book full of family photos. You could add a collage and stick the pictures onto card and mount them with glue. Frame the collage and see how much fun you have naming all the relations and seeing how they are related to each other! You could set it out like a family tree!
Dinner time: Pretend you are in a restaurant and set out the table with a table cloth or a bunch of flowers. Pretend to take orders and bring in the food like a waitress. Don't forget the bill at the end!
As your little one approaches their special day of the year, it is very easy to get carried away by throwing extravagant parties at play barns or hiring lavish halls. Then comes helium play balloons, piles of food, prizes, party bags, decorations and all the other bits and pieces that go with it. However, you can still have a great party without it costing a fortune and with a bit of thinking, the kids will still have a fabulous time! Here are a few party themes to get you in the party mood.
Ideas you can adapt to make the party really unique!
If you are looking for inspiration to tempt your little ones at lunch time, here are a few ideas to make lunch time less boring! Whether lunch is normally at home, or at nursery or school, there are lots of easy ways you can make lunch more exciting and tasty than the same on sarnies!
Different bread: try little rolls, neatly cut in half or different types of rolls such as brioche, twisted rolls or bagels. Tortilla wraps or pitta is another good and cheap idea.
Go French: try filling croissants with some ham and cheese for a continental lunch treat.
Pasta: cooled pasta with some chopped vegetables and cubes of ham is easy and tasty to eat.
Dippy: try cutting cucumber, carrot, celery into sticks and include a pot of hummus in the lunch box for some dippy treats. Add some pitta bread to dip too!
Finger food: cubes cheese, ham, vegetables and fruit need to be eaten with fingers. They can be a tasty and healthy lunch option.
Couscous salad: couscous is the easiest food to prepare. Make a portion the night before and cool. Cut some cherry tomatoes, cucumber, hams and peppers into tiny pieces and mix well. Pop into a lunch box with a fork for a great lunchtime snack.
Crackers: get hold of some cheese biscuits or crackers for another option. Wrap tightly so they stay fresh and serve alongside cheese slices and apples.
Whether a Grandparent or Aunty, or even a parent, babysitting a new born baby can be boring! Here are a few tips to make it fun for both of you!
Walking to pre-school or nursery in the bad, autumnal weather can be a real bore for little ones, especially those who are only just out of the buggy. Here are a few ideas to perk up your walk together and do a bit of fun learning on the way!
Weathery Walk - walk the way you might in different types of weather.
Colour-Spy - spot things that are certain colours. Find 3 red things (traffic light, post box, car) etc.
Letter Think - think of things that begin with certain letters. Name 4 things beginning with "d". Even little ones can do this with come help. Give a clue to help them get to a "d" word.
Wonkey Walks - Walk in different ways between the trees you pass. So, walk like a frog to the next tree. Then walk like a monkey to the next tree.
Tree Races - If you live on a quiet road you could race to the next tree. See who gets there first.
Count the Steps - estimate how may steps you need to get to the next landmark (tree/traffic lights) and simply count how many steps you actually take. How close were you?
Car Count - name a colour and count how many cars you see on the way of that colour.
Walking to school or nursery is a great, healthy way to start the day; these ideas will make it fun too! Have a good day!
It may look like scribbles, but from a very early age, the marks that children make on a page are an important step towards learning to write and communicate. Through their marks children are communicating their ideas, showing us how they feel and developing their own imagination. They are also being creative no matter how messy or scribbly their picture or words look to us when they have finished.
Give your child regular opportunities to make marks, draw, scribble, make lines and create pictures - at home, in the garden, in the park, at the restaurant, in the car. There are lots of times you can settle them down to draw and write and keep themselves entertained at the same time!
From the moment a baby holds a crayon and makes their very first mark on a page, their journey towards writing had begun. It may not be a conventional pencil used to write on a clean sheet of paper, but there are all sorts of other ways to get babies and toddlers used to the idea of mark making. Here are a few ideas to begin with:
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