Sitting together as a family to share food can be a great opportunity to talk about what happened during the day or what might happen tomorrow.
If the weather is nice you could pack a picnic and sit outside or go to the park and share a meal together. If it is cold and wet you could still have a picnic, but have it inside by the fire or heater where it is nice and warm.
Dining room, Family room, Garden, Indoor, Kitchen, Outdoor, Park
Summer is a wonderful time to encourage children to eat fruit and a fun way to do this is to add fruit to iceblocks. Fruit iceblocks can be a refreshing and healthy afternoon snack on a hot day and if your child is reluctant to eat fruit it may encourage them to try.
Following direction, Language development, Measuring, Motor skills, Planning, Prediction, Problem solving, Sorting and grouping, Spatial awareness, Vocabulary
What type of gingerbread people could you make with your child? Will each biscuit be decorated differently with individual personalities or will they be your favourite football team?
Before starting to cut out the people, talk about how they will look. If they are going to have lots of decorations will you make them bigger compared to ones that will only have eyes, a nose and a mouth? Once you have worked out how big the biscuits will be, talk to your child about how thin to roll out the dough.
Creativity, Estimation, Language development, Measuring, Patterns, Planning, Shapes, Spatial awareness
The weather is fine, the days are long and the family is on holidays. If you have a barbecue everyone can help to prepare the meal. Maybe this time you could make kebabs.
Talk to your child about the different types of kebabs you can make. Will you use meat or vegetables or a mixture of both? Your child could help you to cut up the different ingredients and thread them on.
Dining room, Garden, Kitchen, Outdoor, Park
Language development, Measuring, Numbers, Planning, Sorting and grouping
We often send cards to family and friends at Christmas time. Instead of buying cards this year you could ask your child to help you make some.
Talk with your child about the different types of cards you can get and what they are used for. There are table cards that help people to know where to sit, cards that are tags for presents and cards to write in. What kind of cards will you make?
We need to make cards to label the presents, and cards to send to Nana and Papa in England.
Concepts of pictures, Concepts of print, Creativity, Language development