Did you know that you can make your own chalk? And it’s easy! This chalk is made into giant sticks, which is great for little hands to grab hold of, and perfect for pavements and patios. You can create a giant masterpiece and then let the rain wash it off.
Busy Bags are wonderful creations that you can grab at a moment’s notice to occupy your little one. They may be used whilst on the go, whilst waiting at the doctors or simply when you need your child to play independently. Our Rainbow Fine Motor Busy Bag will not only entertain a child but help develop their fine motor skills at the same time. What’s more the busy bag is cheap to create.
Are you always busy, rushing, occupied, running from one place to other seldomly having a chance to stop, think and let your child have a play with whatever he/she wants and chooses to do?
The world shouts from every corner you must have this, your child should be doing that, rarely examining whether or not it is really necessary or beneficial for your little learner, busy worker and a fun playmate.
Take a moment and think about the last time your child played contently on their own, completely captivated by their own activity?
The greatest help you can give your child is freedom to go about their own work in their own way. We should be guided by the child (M. Montessori, 1989), giving them opportunities to make choices, develop concentration and let their minds grow, just like their bodies do.
We love magic of Disney in our family. Many of the movies have become firm favourites, watched over and over again and we’ve started the tradition of going to watch Disney on Ice as a family each year around Christmas time. We’re really looking forward to Disney on Ice Presents Silver Anniversary Celebration this year, so when I was asked by the people at Disney to talk about mine and my families own love of Disney, to help celebrate the launch of DisneyLife, I couldn’t help but become inspired by classic films and our tradition – to attend Disney On Ice.
I decided to use my love of arts and crafts to bring our families love of Disney On Ice and favourite film characters to life. This Disney on Ice inspired craft stick skaters activity was a fun way to combine imaginary play with talking about past and future events, to convey the Disney magic from screen and the Ice in our very own home!
Once we’d made our Disney character skaters, we played some of our favourite Disney songs and put on our own simple Disney on Ice show.
Sink or float is one of the most popular classic science experiments for kids. It’s so easy to set up, and a great way to introduce them to basic experiments at home. This fun twist on the classic experiment uses surprise eggs to add another element of fun to the activity.
We have recently fallen in love with DIY clay. It is so easy to make and is self drying too. As I seem to burn salt dough, anything that does not require to go in an oven is a winner in my books! Whilst experimenting with the DIY clay, I wondered if it was possible to create homemade clay disks as my three year old is forever stacking things on top of each other. I wanted an activity that would develop his fine motor skills whilst helping him learn the colours of the rainbow. We created Rainbow Clay Stackers.
My son is quite the logical thinker. From a very young age, he has always loved puzzles and working out how to make things connect. I would love to say he gets this analytical thinking from me, but I’m not a very good problem solver so it must be from his Dad! At the minute my son is obsessed with learning his shapes so I decided to foster that passion further!
I had some scrap wood lying around my home from various DIY projects I had done in the past year. I decided to use them to make simple wooden shape puzzles.
Aside from the sawing, it really required little effort to make and is perfect for a quick afternoon crafty project. Not to mention my son really enjoys playing with them! So a win win for this mama!
This month’s theme in the 12 Months of Sensory Dough series is edible dough, so I immediately decided to focus on roti dough – an edible and cookable dough that my kids love to make, cook and eat. Rotis are flat bread, and all you need to make the dough is a few simple ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen.
Guest post from Dave at YourCub.com Do you love to play with your children? I know I do. But many of the toys that my preschooler likes to play with will only keep me engaged for a few minutes. You’ll find that the more educational and creative the task or the toy, the longer we […]
We all need a little help keeping our kids busy during this stay-at-home period, and Bing has plenty to offer to help out families with this. As well as over 100 episodes available on iPlayer, Emmy award-winning and BAFTA nominated family favourite Bing offers pre-school children and families multiple ways to keep busy and entertained during this […]
Activity and images provided by WAHACA AT HOME Make your own Piñata Looking for the perfect way to stop your kids smashing up the house? Here’s our step by step guide to making your own Piñata. STEP 1: Assemble your equipment You’ll need flour water newspaper balloons string scissors glue paint tissue paper and lots of […]
Right now we are in unprecedented times, with households across the UK going into our second month of ‘lockdown’ due to the Corona Virus outbreak. This break from the norm can be quite stressful for children – we don’t know when this situation is going to end, when we will see our families and friends […]
In case you’re in need of extra inspiration to fill these days during the lock down, here’s a quick list from Muddy Puddles who have shared some simple ideas that will help make the most of this time… Muddy Puddles is offering NHS and other health service workers 40% off on top of their online […]
Playing with your child helps with their confidence, development and overall wellbeing. Many parents make the mistake of trying to take the control of how their child plays. However, you should let them experiment with unstructured play, which allows them to go at their own pace and usually revolves around their interests at that moment. […]
Entertaining children is one of the toughest tasks. In order to maintain their full attention, they have to be mentally and physically engaged, but the task can’t be too challenging from the get-go. Initiating entertainment and maintaining entertainment is a challenge, no doubt, but it can be done. In a time where instant gratification is […]