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.
- Communication, Language & Literacy
- 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!
Wednesday – ‘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.
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!