Today we have a way to unleash the creativity of the whole family, and for young children it is a chance to try out mark-making, creating works of art and experimenting with shapes
Snow can be lovely at first, but it can quickly get a bit patchy and tired.
By using coloured water to draw on the snow, children are also playing with ideas about “how much”, “how far” and also practising making plans
It will probably also be quite a laugh – try not to mind if it gets rather silly too.
Or if you’ve still got lots of fresh snow, why not make a snowman, a snow dog, a nice snow-anything!
The weather forecast for the weekend is good so a play idea today that can be done safely when meeting up with family or friends and following public health guidance
But it is also fun at home too
It is all about helping your child do the same actions in different ways. This will help build coordination and self-control. It is as simple as starting off jumping quickly, and then jumping slowly … Or pretending to brush your teeth as though you are happy, and then as though you are grumpy.
Along the way, they will learn lots of words to describe actions and they may also have fun challenging you or others
A song today to get us all moving, and a great one to share if social distancing with family or friends outdoors
It is the kind that gets stuck in your head – great for learning body parts and about rhyme and rhythm.
As you get good at the song, you can start to miss out the words – ” …, shoulders, knees and toes”. This develops coordination and attention.
And how fast can you go?
Words, music and a video to watch are on the downloadable sheet
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