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Activities to keep the little ones busy.

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So here we go... again.

In tier 4 (at the time of writing) we are encouraged to stay home as much as possible and so we have rejigged our activities to keep the little ones busy guide for the winter months.

Now obviously you are (at the time of writing) allowed out for exercise and i feel this is vital for peoples mental wellbeing 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. as well as a range on online classes here. 

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

Outside play ideas

Now I know its january and its cold muddy and (often) wet, but that doesnt mean we should include garden play in our activity plans with the little ones. A spot of fresh air can calm anxieties and does wonders for our mental well being , so dig out the puddle suits, coats and wellies and get stuck in. 

  •  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 
  •  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 .
  • 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 scavenger hunt- its amazing the interesting things you can find in the garden"

  • Jump in puddles
  • Geocaching- We have just downloaded this app and intend to go on lots of treasure hunts whilst on our daily walks.

Inside activites

  • Lego!! Lego can be used for fine motor activities, for general creativeness or even as maths counters. Here's some great Lego challenges. 

  •  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. And don't forget to check out the amazing The Mill House Hertford - who do some great free downloadable art packs and packs that can be delivered to your door- run our of paint etc before running to amazon consider buying a refill pack from here first. 
  • Movie night
  • Indoor sleepover- This can be as simple or as complex as you like. Simple- just bring down blankets and pillows and let them camp out in the living room or fasion some kind of shelter from whatever you have (airer- ironing board etc). Or you could hire a teepee company to do a socially distanced doorstop delivery for you such as The greatest sleepover or Tip Top Teepees
  •  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 

Make Salt dough, We use two cups of flour to one cup of salt and enough warm water (add a little at a time) to form a dough. This can then be used to make ANYTHING! We have made tree decorations from this, valentines hearts, halloween decorations and even a model of stone henge and a volcano!

Practice their language skills- recently discovered that if you hit the subtitles button on netflix you can set the audio to a whole range of languages, stick their favourite programme on in a different language and boom they are learning -haha!

Consider a virtual day out! We did this for the first lockdown and blogged about our experience here.

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.

  •  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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