We have teamed up with some of our lovely local baby and toddler class providers to bring you ideas of everyday play you can do at home during Lockdown 3.0!
We will aim to bring you a couple of ideas aweek and will be sharing them here and across social media. Join in the fun and share your ‘play for every day’ ideas with us on Facebook and Instagram!
Home Made ‘No Cook’ Playdough
There are lots of ways to make playdough at home but the beauty of ‘no cook’ playdough is that all the ingredients are cold, and so even MAKING the playdough can be part of the activity to entertain little ones!
To make your ‘no cook’ playdough you will need
2 cups of plain flour
1 cup of salt
1 tbs oil
1 cup of cold water
Mix the flour and salt together, mix the oil, water and food colouring together…then combine the two mixtures! Keeping stirring until it becomes to hard, then use your hands. If its too sticky simply add more flour and if its too dry add more water!
We love this play idea because you can really make it your own! Choose the colour, add natural food flavourings or
herbs if you would like! It’s a great sensory play tool for really little ones (and its tummy friendly if it goes in their mouths) and for slightly older children its a great way to be creative and develop those hand muscles for early writing skills. If you aren’t familiar with ‘ Dough Discos’ then search for ‘Spread The Happiness Dough Disco‘ on Youtube, have a dance and get working those hand muscles!
Baby Safe Paint
This idea for play comes from the lovely Kim at the Zen Den in Ripon! When we aren’t in a lockdown, Kim runs some amazing classes for babies, toddlers and children – definitely check her page out!
“Babies and toddlers will always try and put things in their mouths. It’s their way of learning.”
Making your own baby safe paint with ingredients already have in the house is a great way for them to have their first painting experience…and it will wash out of clothes!
You just need:
Baby rice (you could also use cornflour)
Mix the baby rice to a smooth consistency with the water and add in a couple of drops of food colouring.
Let them use their fingers to create their first masterpiece and leave to dry!
Painting is great for:
•Fine motor skills
•Hand eye co-ordination
•Exploring the senses
Thank you Kim!
This Play idea comes from the wonderful Grace and Charlotte at Busy Birds Outdoor Learning! Grace and Charlotte are passionate about learning through nature and I think this idea benefits babies, toddlers and older children!
We need to make sure the birds have enough food at this time of the year as the berries on the trees get eaten up and the ground can be frozen- or covered in snow!
It’s a good activity for talking about habitats, the weather and the seasons too. It’s also a great activity for developing those fine motor skills and hand muscles!
To make it you will need an apple, string, sticks and sunflower seeds!
Thanks to Grace and Charlotte you can enjoy watching the birds come and go all day long! Busy Birds run sessions at Yolk Farm in Minskip and at Stockeld Park in Harrogate. Find out more about their sessions here!
Simply add your dry rice and food colouring into the bag and give it a good old shake. When it looked covered pour it out onto a tray to air dry.
Coloured rice is great to burying things in, making pictures, for practicing letter and number formation or just exploring the texture of something new!
Thank you Stacey!
Play at Home “Sand” This idea is another one from Kim at Zen Den!
We won’t be heading to the beach anytime soon so here’s an easy way to get the sand experience at home.You will need: •Cheerios (although most other cereals would work) •A food processor (you could do this with a plastic bag and rolling pin if you don’t have a good processor) •Moulds for older children
Place the cheerios In the food processor a few handfuls at a time and blitz to a fine consistency. If you don’t have a processor then put the cheerios In a bag, cover with a tea towel and bash with a rolling pin.
Continue until you have done the whole box then place in a tray. If you have a tray big enough it would be great to let them play bare foot in it!
Older children could put the `sand` into moulds and see what shapes they could make.
Children should always be supervised.
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