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Activities to keep the little ones busy.

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The relaxation of the lockdown rules to enable unlimited exercise we are sure you will be out and about (socially distanced of course) with your families enjoying the many beautiful woodlands, parks and walks Hertford has to offer. If you need some ideas of where to go do check out our "Out and about" page for some ideas. 

Like always you will find our daily what's on posts on our Facebook page (check the pinned post), or you can check out Whats on for anytime during the week using our what's on page. 

We also have some ideas below for some play ideas, in case you are looking for some new ideas.

Outside play ideas

  •  Paint the fence with water . A very simple activity but the little ones seem to love it for some reason and it can help to improve co-ordination. Perhaps challenge the older ones to a game of who can paint it faster . Challenge them to draw shapes etc what ever you like but on a warm day this can be lost of fun and all you need is a paint brush and some water.

  •  A bug hunt! Get those little people out in the garden and hunt for some minibeasts, use magnifying glasses if you have them, look under rocks. You could just spot the bugs or draw them, research about them, maybe even build a bug hotel for the garden. You can extend this learning for what ever age group you have thinking about classification and adaptations and more. You can find multiple Bug hunt sheets on Twinkl .
  • Why not download The Mill House Hertford's FREE Park and Garden activity pack here 
  •  Shadow drawing- so much fun and a great way to get creative 

  •  Bird watching- similar to the Bug hunt idea, bird watching can be a great fun educational activity. Do you have a bird feeder in the garden? Could you challenge the children to sit quietly and monitor how many birds in a set time period? Older children could perhaps then research which birds they had seen. Lots of fun education activities on the RSPB webpage .
  •  Water play - for younger little ones this is a great activity particularly if the weather is nice. Fill what ever you have with water and then give the child cups, pots and pans and utensils to experiment with. How fast does the water fall from different containers? Lots of opportunities to enhance home learning.

  •  Home sports day- get the family out in the garden. Use whatever you already have, skipping ropes, hula hoops, footballs, chalk to draw hopscotches etc etc. Lots of fun and a great way to keep them active.

  • Bubbles... never ever underestimate the value of bubbles!
  • Star gazing- let the little ones stay up late and explore the skies, wrap up warm maybe even take a flask of hot chocolate out can you see a shooting star? Can you make up funny poems about aliens or enjoy the story of the dinosaur who pooed a planet lots of resources here.
  • . Garden photography, encourage the children to a photography competition. Who can take the best picture. Give them a different theme, animals, flowers whatever you like.
  • Enjoy A Picnic- take lunch or dinner outside
  • Garden scavenger hunt- its amazing the interesting things you can find in the garden"

  • Build a garden den, use garden chairs and sheets and use that as your base for the day.

  •  Plant seeds- if you have packets of seeds lurking around somewhere- use them. We got ours from here. Get the children to tend to the seeds and learn about growth. use as an opportunity to explore thems about photosynthesis and or the environment some resources here.

  •  Or why not take the opportunity to watch some caterpillars grow and develop. We have used insect lore for this before.

Inside activites

 

  •  Make a rain shaker- all you need is a toilet roll rube some paper to tape over the end and either rice of lentils or even stones from the garden to go inside. Decorate the outside as you wish.
  •  Arts and crafts- more ideas to follow but we all have arts and crafts draws. Now is the time to dig through them and get creative. Make birthday cards , make collages, paint, draw, stick and make.
  • Movie night
  •  Book review- all read a favourite book and sit down to discuss it and explore various comprehension themes.
  •  Make playdoh- or use what you have.

Makes 1 ball
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 3 hours
250g Plain flour
125g Table Salt
125ml Water
Preheat the oven to its lowest setting and line a baking tray
Mix the flour & salt. Add the water and stir until it becomes a ball.
Roll out the dough onto a floured surface and cut into shapes (get creative!) If you’re making hanging decorations remember to punch the hole before cooking.
Put onto the baking tray and bake for around 3 hours until firm. Leave to cool.

  •  The Great British cake off! Do you have the ingredients indoors to bake a cake or cookies? So many simple ideas online. Why not have a challenge and see who will win. Weigh and measure ingredients to get children using their maths skills. Don't have the ingredients to bake? Use Playdough instead!! (Just don't eat it!).
  • Use toilet roll tubes to create stamps for painting 

Some ideas from our friends Mum's Guide to Harpenden- you can read their ideas here

  •  Get the children to prepare a restaurant meal including a menu, tablecloth and waiter service! It can be as simple as fish & chips and ice-cream but parents aren’t allowed to help! You could always try the Mum's Guide to Hertford Pizza or pasta sauce recipes.

  •  Get out and wash the car and hoover it too!
  •  Let them help with washing up. Little ones love this. Make it nice and soapy so they can enjoy playing with the bubbles.  You’ve also now managed to get them to wash their hands without trying!
  • Tidy out the toy cupboard and enjoy playing with old, long-forgotten toys then clean and bag up old ones to go to charity later.
  • Tidy out drawers and wardrobes.  Have fun dressing up in old clothes to see what still fits. Have a fashion parade and then bag up anything that’s too small for charity 
  • For older children, teach them some new housework skills e.g. ironing, washing their clothes, polishing and dusting, polishing shoes. They’ll be ready to leave home by the end of this!
  • Write a postcard or paint a picture for someone in an old people’s home. If they can’t receive post, take a photo of the picture or letter and email it to their office. This way you could share your thoughtfulness with several care homes.

Keep active

 

Keeping in touch with loves ones

Its important to try and preserve these friendships during periods of isolation. You could encourage your children to write letters or postcards to their friends. Even if you cant send them you could take photos and message those you have details of. Skype and facetime can also be great for keeping in touch with loved ones, particularly older relatives.

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