If you are lucky enough to get your hands on some water balloons here are some ideas for indoor and outdoor play. Some children might be worried initially about getting wet so there are some tips below to help them join in. Others will love to get everyone wet – so plan before you play and have fun!
As well as being fun, messing about with water balloons is great to building attention skills, learning new words, and also about sequences – this is really good for maths and writing later on.
Almost anything you do with your child will help develop their literacy.
Through conversations with you, they can learn new words and how to use them. There is a link below to show four key things that really help
Playing and helping you with tasks in the home develops your child’s movement and coordination, which will help with their handwriting. They can make marks and draw pictures to show their ideas. You can let them “help” when you are reading or writing – such as a shopping list or a TV programme guide
The most important thing you can do with your child is to share and enjoy stories, songs and rhymes together.
Please don’t go out and buy lots of expensive equipment, apps or toys or feel you have to provide your child with endless worksheets. These might be heavily marketed during this time, but your child can learn very well just from ordinary toys, story books, everyday objects and going out and about.
Sometimes the most educational object is the cardboard box, not the expensive toy it came in. Time playing with you is more valuable than anything else for learning and development.
And you don’t have to spend ages planning learning opportunities. The everyday life of your home has lots of ways to learn like matching socks, laying the table, preparing food, making lists, looking after pets, counting money and so on and so on.
We will be posting lots of ideas in the next few weeks to support this – and you will think of even better ones yourself, so please share them through commenting!