Playing with a big block of ice can keep your child interested for a long time.
Get a large container like a plastic basin and fill it three quarters full of water. Freeze it for about 12 hours. The next day take the ice out of the container and put it outside on cement, the deck or the lawn. Give your child some tools to use with the block. You could use a toothbrush, a fork, a butterknife, or even some cups to pour water over the block… use your imagination! Even a toy hammer and chisel would be great.
Estimation, Motor skills, Problem solving, Vocabulary
Help your child to draw a hopscotch course with chalk on cement. You can make the course as long as you like, but it usually has about 8 or 10 squares. Draw a set of single and double squares - like a ladder, but with extra bits. Write a number on each square of the course.
Let’s write 1 on the first square and 2 on the next square. What number comes after that?
Once the hopscotch course is set up you’re ready to go. Talk about the game with your child as they play.
There are many different activities that you can do at the beach and talking to your child about what they would like to do will help you to decide what type of beach you will go to.
The beach can be a very relaxing and restful place where you can talk, read, build sandcastles and lie on the sand. It can also be very active and involve going for long walks, running, playing or swimming.
Experimentation, Exploring, Measuring, Planning, Position, Problem solving, Sorting and grouping, Spatial awareness, Vocabulary
If your baby has started to crawl, this game will challenge them and introduce them to lots of textures.
Lay out a course using things from around your home. You can use things like different textured bathmats, some cushions to crawl over, a large box to crawl through, a footstool to crawl around or an old shower curtain or fluffy blanket to crawl on.
Encourage your baby to crawl around the obstacle course and talk to them about what they are doing.
Does that feel bumpy? Go over the cushions. You are going under the table. There you are!