Now we are in Phase 1 of lockdown in Scotland, there is more scope for being with friends and family outdoors – as long as we all follow the advice carefully
There is lots of fun and learning we can share even when 2 metres apart. Today’s idea develops listening and attention, language and self-control.
We offered it a few weeks ago for playing during video chats – still good for this, but can also be played outdoors from a distance. Or just at home with your child can be fun too.
Make an action – can your child copy you? Gradually make it more complicated. Label what you are doing with words.
If that goes well, then “Simon says” is a great way to take it further
Today you’re going to find out what a good imagination your child has – and you too!
As you know, children love listening to and making up stories and they can do both in today’s activity, using only a few interesting everyday items they choose from around the house or garden.
Attaching their items to the sticks will certainly help to develop your child’s fine motor skills as it’s quite tricky!
Talking with you about the different items and describing them together is a great way to grow their vocabulary and ideas too. Then they can start to create their own stories with your help. This will help with ideas of sequence and develop memory too!
It’s also great fun to make up silly nonsense stories! 😊
When you’re sorting laundry there’s a good chance you’ll find some socks!
It’s easy to turn these into simple puppets that can delight your child and get their imagination going.
Puppets are a great way to develop communication skills – some children find it easier to express feelings and needs through a puppet too.
You can make them as fancy as you like, and your child might like to help you (or let you help them)
Making the puppet is only the start. The real fun begins when your child starts to play with their new puppet friend! You can join in too …
Any why not do a puppet show during a video call with a grandparent or anyone else your child loves and misses seeing!
We all have folk we miss at the moment, and young children are no different
Today’s idea is about how to help your child send a letter to someone they love and miss
Of course, you may have to do most of the writing. But you can use your child’s ideas for what to say, and they can make marks and add a picture, or even do some of the writing if they can
It is a great way to feel close to someone who is not with us, and to learn how to feel better when we are down. Children can also develop their fine motor skills and ideas about how texts work
Today’s idea is to turn your home into an island full of treasure that children can hunt for
You can send them off to look for items, and while they burn off excess energy they will be learning all about attention and searching, and developing their memories.
You can make the searches as easy or as tricky as suits your child. How many blue things can they find? Can they bring you two things at a time?
Or you can play online with family, friends or anyone your child might be missing seeing or playing with
Make a walk a treasure hunt – can you spot a traffic light? A bird? A cloud?
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