What can you do with a big cardboard box? Next time you have a large cardboard box give it to your child to play with. Encourage them to use their imagination. I wonder what this big box could be. What does it look like to you? Turn a box on its side with the opening facing out. If you add a cushion or rug you’ll have a cosy nook just right for reading or dreaming.
Creativity; Measuring; Planning; Problem solving; Visualisation
Your baby could hear you talking even before they were born. They recognised your voice right from the start. They might not understand the words that you say, but they will be listening and learning.You can talk about what you are doing right now and what you are going to do.It’s time to change your nappy. Here we go - onto the change table. Let’s take off that wet nappy. I’m
Blowing bubbles can be a fun activity to do on a very windy day. Watch the wind catch the bubbles and lift them high into the air. Try and track an individual bubble. As the wind catches the bubble and lifts it higher make predictions as to how high it will climb.Will it climb over the fence or even over the roof of the house?Hold and point the bubble blower differently and
Let’s build.What shall we create? Will it be a zoo for the wild animals or a house for the snails from the garden to hide in? Maybe we can stack and stack and stack the blocks until they reach the sky!Talk with your child about what they want to make. What resources will they need? Can your child use the blocks and toys they have or do they need different things?Let’s build a
Estimation; Measuring; Planning; Problem solving; Spatial awareness
A cardboard box car can be as simple or as fancy as you like. You’ll need a cardboard box that is big enough for your child to get inside.Which box can you fit in? Is it too big, too small or just right?Seal up the box with masking tape. If you want to paint the box now is a good time to do it. Make sure you let it dry before you add the other parts of the car.What colour
Measuring; Planning; Position; Problem solving; Shapes; Vocabulary
Children are naturally inquisitive and want to know about the world and what is happening around them. The way they express their wonder and curiosity is by asking questions.Your child might ask questions about what they see and hear or about where you are going.Where does the sun go at night?
Language development; Listening; Questioning; Vocabulary
Are we digging to China or a tunnel under the sea?Digging can be done just about anywhere. You can do it in your backyard, at the park or the beach, or in the kitchen when you dig out a scoop of ice-cream.You and your child can get creative and make tunnels that travel from one country to another. Your child could help you dig a hole to plant a new lemon tree, make a trench
Children explore how things fit and connect together from a very young age. You might see this when your child tries to slot the car keys into different locks around the house or when they pull everything out of the cupboard and try and fit it back in.
Concepts of pictures; Language development; Patterns; Planning; Position; Problem solving; Questioning; Shapes; Sorting and grouping; Spatial awareness
There’s something in the letterbox!Junk mail that arrives in your letterbox might look like rubbish to you, but children love it. Next time you find catalogues in the mail take some time to look at them with your child.Let’s see what these are about. What can you see on this page?You can use food catalogues to plan your meals for the week. Talk with your child about favourite
Book knowledge; Concepts of print; Language development; Numbers; Vocabulary