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!
Most children love to challenge themselves physically and explore the different ways they can move around, through and over different objects. You might find your child likes to try and balance on or along lines or other surfaces.
Next time you are outside with your child or walking somewhere, encourage them to try a bit of balancing. Can they balance along a line on the footpath, on a low brick wall or on one leg?
When calling your family together to share a meal talk about when they need to come. Will dinner be ready in five minutes or in half an hour? Talk about what they need to do before they come to eat together. Let them know where the meal will be served.
Dinner will be ready in five minutes. You need to wash your hands and pack away your toys.
Dining room, Family room, Indoor, Kitchen, Outdoor
The bell has rung, the bag is packed. Open the door and off goes the pack.
It is the end of the school or kindy day and time to go home. How will you get home? Do you travel home the same way every day or do you sometimes walk? If you walk do you travel the same way as you would in the car or is there a shortcut?
Do you have a regular routine when you get home? Are there jobs to do? Or does a long day mean you are both hungry and food comes first before any jobs?
Before we go inside we need to check the letterbox for mail.
Following direction, Listening, Prediction, Sequencing
The Christmas pageant has been and gone, Father Christmas has arrived and it is time to decorate the Christmas tree.
What kind of Christmas tree will your family have? Will it be a real pine tree that you buy from a special place or a branch from a gum tree? Does your family have an artificial one that you take down and put up every year? Do you have an inside Christmas tree or one that you decorate outside?
It’s the first Saturday in December. It is time to put up the Christmas tree.
Creativity, Following direction, Language development, Measuring, Motor skills, Planning, Position, Sequencing, Sorting and grouping, Spatial awareness
The first day of starting anything new can be a very stressful time your child. As the big day approaches, talk about what might happen, who will be there and what they can do if a problem occurs. Creating routines and having a dry run can help to reduce anxiety as your child will begin to understand what to expect.
Bedroom, Family room, Indoor, Kitchen, Lounge room, Outdoor
Language development, Planning, Problem solving, Sequencing
Getting ready for bed is a wonderful opportunity to explore time and to look at the way we combine events together into a sequence. As bedtime approaches talk about what time your child will go to bed and how they know when that is. Is their bedtime 6pm - at the end of a favourite program? Or is it at the end of the evening meal?