It really can be fun going shopping with your child, particularly when you don’t even need to leave your house!
Setting up a shop using things around your home can while away the hours (or several minutes at least!) and help your child to understand about the different kinds of shops and how money is used.
You can bring in children of different ages to play too – the children will develop the ideas themselves
It is also a great game for just being together, learning new words and having a laugh, as you sell and buy things – but don’t think you can out-haggle a young child!
Happy shopping! 😊
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?
Adults have two really important skills that we almost never think about. But they underlie nearly every decision we make.
Think about how we choose where to go on holiday – we compare different options (sunshine or shopping?) To do this we have to put things into categories and compare them.
The other skill is seeing things from more than one perspective. This is all about understanding other people, and situations. It’s also a really important part of maths and problem solving
So how do we learn these skills? Through playing and talking of course!
Today’s idea is all about spotting the difference between any objects you have in the home. You can play it online too once your child has got the idea of it
Who would have thought your home was full of treasure!
And treasure that can help your child learn all about exploring, how to be curious, how to count and categorise and how to learn about stories and history
This is a really simple game that all the family can play, and that grandparents or others can join in on Skype or FaceTime or similar
The trick is you have to use a really, really, really small treasure chest