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.
Playing and talking together, having fun, a listening ear and loving kindness – that’s all our young children need from us to learn and develop right now. This website has lots of ideas for play and learning, or for if you have concerns about a child’s development too.
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Help with children’s development
If you are looking for more general information about early child development and how to support this, then please use the menus above, or go to this link
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!
Early learning at home is all about ways to play, learn and have fun. Follow your child’s leads and interests and have a variety of things to do and places to go safely. Make sure you follow the Government advice on social distancing
Children need a mix of things and plenty of physical activities. Screens and apps etc are fine but make sure they’re not used for too long and children’s experiences with them are as interactive as possible.
We will soon be posting an idea everyday for how you can play and talk together with your child to promote their learning – literacy, maths, you name it!
What about being ready for school in August?
You might have all kinds of worries about the future. If your child is due for school soon you might also worry about whether they will be ready and if they are missing out on early learning and childcare.
That’s natural and P1 teachers will be aware of this and adapt as they would with any new class. This year will be a bit different, but the schools will be ready for it
And anyway, children are like sponges learning what they need from shared experiences of fun with you. Your child will still grow and develop at home with you
From later this week, we will be posting an idea every day for how you and your child can learn at home. These will be suitable for children aged 2-5 and will cover all that’s important in learning and development
If you have any ideas for what we should cover – or ideas for activities we can suggest, then please get in touch using the feedback tab
Best wishes to everyone in this difficult time from James and the bumps2bairns team