5 Minute Fun

The Summer Holidays upon us and along with it the need to keep our little ones entertained constantly. However sometimes it can become a little difficult to think of a continous stream of new play ideas. Fear not, the good people over at Immediate Media have come up with a solution. Fun, free activities for your little people. 5 minute fun ideas a designed to support learning in line with the Early Years Curriculum over six areas.

  • Maths
  • Communication, Language & Literacy
  • Creative
  • Finding Out
  • Feeling Good
  • Let’s Move

And the best thing about them? They are quick, simple and easy to do where ever you are. Over the last week we have been trying the activities out for ourselves from a mini resource, which includes two activities from each of the learning areas above. So how did we get on?


Monday – ‘ask your little one to imagine they are a chick hatching. Can they crouch down low, tap-tap-tap, then stretch up high and wide as they hatch.

We had stayed down near the New Forest with family overnight on the Sunday. Kipper’s pram takes up most of the boot so we had packed sparsely and didn’t have any ‘toys’ as such with us. Which meant Monkey was getting bored! This activity kept him entertained for a good 15 minutes as the chick became lots of different animals and we discussed how they may come out of eggs…including dinosaurs!

Tuesday – ‘Help your little on create a time-travelling wrist band! Wrap card to fit around the wrist and stick on coloured paper to make buttons and a screen. Tell them to press the button and off they whoosh! Can they call you to tell you where they have gone?

This proved a really useful way of entertaining Monkey while I fed Kipper, as he travelled all over the work and even to the moon!

IMG_6229Wednesday – ‘Sing the alphabet together can your little one point t some things starting with A, B or C?

We did this activity as we were getting ready to leave the house for nursery. This is always a stressful point in the morning for me, trying to get Kipper fed and Monkey out the door on time with his shoes on the right feet and all bags remembered! So it was quite good to have an activity for him to get involved with and so take some of the stress out of the situation.

Thursday – ‘Ask your little one if they have a favourite toy or teddy. Can they tell you why it is so special to them? Make up an adventure for it to go on!

This was another activity we did while I was feeding. Monkey chose his little green dog and explained how it was his favourite because he sung nursery rhymes to him as he falls asleep – bless!! Our adventure turned out to be hunting for treasure. He promptly went and got some treasure from his pirate chest and proceeded to hide it around the lounge for the dog to find!


Friday – ‘Take the size challenge! Can your little one point to 5 things that are bigger, smaller, taller and shorter than you are?

This one took most of the day! We did it at various points including when we were strawberry picking. This strawberry was soooooo big it was bigger than mummy apparently!

Saturday – ‘You’re both Superheros! Stand with your hands on your hips, run in slow motion and then pretend to fly! Make up Superhero names and choose what you special powers will be.

We have a lot of gardening to do which means sometimes Monkey can get a little fed up towards the end of the day. So pretending to be a superhero was just what we needed to give him something to focus on. We couldn’t decide on a name but he did decide that his magic power was invisibility!

Sunday – ‘Ask your little one to draw what they would like to dream about tonight.’


We had great fun working our way through an activity a day and this will be something we will continue with. If you would like to receive two free activities a day which are tailored to your child’s age then head over to www.5minutefun.com and sign up.

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Also on the website you will see some activities which you can get started with straight away such as paper and wool octopuses. I hope you enjoy your daily five minutes of fun as much as we did be it on the school run or at the supermarket!


Linking up with MarvMondays, TriedTested and BigPinkLink 



  1. August 6, 2016 / 8:59 am

    What great ideas – I am making a note!

    • August 7, 2016 / 6:00 pm

      Definitely worth signing up for – no spam!! Thanks for stopping by xx

  2. August 8, 2016 / 6:15 am

    These are really fantastic ideas and I think I need to sign up! I will be trying these today. 🙂 #MarvMondays

    • August 10, 2016 / 9:58 pm

      Oh that’s great would love to know how you get on xx

  3. Nige
    August 8, 2016 / 8:33 am

    These are brilliant ideas will definitly using them great post #bigpinklink

  4. August 8, 2016 / 11:55 am

    What fantastic ways to keep everyone entertained. I’m fairly sure some of these would work on me as well as the little ones! #MarvMondays

    • August 10, 2016 / 9:59 pm

      Haha yes I thought the same especially the craft ones!! Thanks for stopping by X

  5. agentspitback
    August 8, 2016 / 12:09 pm

    Great ideas! I especially love the time travelling wrist bands! That sounds like great fun. Sounds like something I would like to play pretend too heehee… I am going to use these ideas the next time with my youngest. #bigpinklink

    • August 10, 2016 / 10:18 pm

      That’s great I hope you have fun and travel somewhere exciting!! Thank you for stopping by X

  6. organisedjo
    August 8, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    These activities are great. I’ve got a feeling my girls are too old for these but I’ll definitely check it out. #MarvMondays

    • August 10, 2016 / 10:20 pm

      I’m not sure what age they go up to, but definitely worth looking. Thanks so much for stopping by X

  7. August 8, 2016 / 9:24 pm

    These are all great ideas! I’ll definitely check out the site.x #marvmondays

  8. August 8, 2016 / 10:36 pm

    These are all awesome ideas!! I am constantly trying to think of new ways to have fun and entertain my nearly 3 year old and a lot of these would be perfect, will definitely be giving some of these a try. Thank you for linking to #bigpinklink x

    • August 10, 2016 / 10:22 pm

      Aww that’s great they have some other good ones on the emails too. Thank you for hosting xx

  9. August 9, 2016 / 2:00 pm

    Some really lovely ideas! Only today we pretended to be superheroes around Sherwood Forest and it helped Mia learn her left and right as she zoomed side to side and round the corners! 🙂


    • August 11, 2016 / 9:19 am

      Aww that’s brilliant what a great idea!! Thanks so much for stopping by xx

  10. Colette B
    August 10, 2016 / 12:00 pm

    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

  11. Double the Monkey Business
    August 10, 2016 / 8:03 pm

    Great ideas here, we love to make up stories for the boys animals!! #MarvMondays xxx

    • August 16, 2016 / 3:19 pm

      Totally, great idea, thanks for stopping by X

  12. August 12, 2016 / 5:53 pm

    Great post, some lovely summer holiday ideas there! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

  13. August 12, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    What a great website and fab ideas. I think I need this for my girls x #marvmondays

    • August 17, 2016 / 2:30 pm

      It’s really good and it’s free!! Thank you for stopping by X

  14. August 21, 2016 / 9:51 am

    Love these ideas, so easy and simple to do. I need a whole load of these to remember with A! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

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