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Making January Amazing

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January and February are often dark, dull and drizzly, which can lead to grumpy pre-schoolers and frazzled parents. Being marooned at home together can also become the best childhood memory for both. Here’s some ideas how:

Housework Hero
You could take a day off and just play –that’s liberating and giving your full focus to your child, rather than “in a moment”, will build stronger relationships and teach your child to give you their focus too. BUT, preschoolers always want to be like adults! So actually, sorting clothes is fun – they can show off and extend their colour knowledge, explore shape and texture….  Hoovering is great – what is a vacuum and how does that catch the dirt, maybe you can make one with your cupped hand, maybe walk like an astronaut while you hoover and talk about space? Emptying the dishwasher…. knowing the names of everyday crockery is vital, being able to position something as you lift requires strength and balance and feeds the propriorecptor neurons vital for bodily awareness….

Mad Scientist
Thousands of science experiments can be done with simple household objects igniting a passion and curiosity which will last years. The internet is amazing, try searching tornado in a bottle, bicarb volcano, making oobleks from cornflour, paper plane launchers; there are so many.

Amazing Artist
Think Andy Goldsworthy and use your cutlery, cups, plates and whatever else inspires you to create amazing art. You could extend it to tomatoes, cucumber circles, carrot sticks, cheese cubes and make lunch into an artwork.

Intrepid explorer
Set up a treasure hunt for each other. The clues can be verbal, pictorial, or acted out. Add in an obstacle course, or pretend the carpet is molten lava that can’t be crossed and all of a sudden the doors of imagination are flung wide.

So those dull days are actually the ones we teach our children to ask questions, to solve problems, to tackle a project, to find a passion, to be independent, to be happy with their own company, to imagine.

Enjoy them.

About the author

Ruth Martin is the owner of Artisan's Kindergarten in Harpenden http://www.artisans-nursery.co.uk/about-artisans

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