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Free choice and other ideas

Free choice and other ideas of activities to do

  • Do a scavenger hunt, share it with other parents. 
  • Paint the floor and walls outside using different sized paint brushes and water – no mess to clean up afterwards.
  • Practise throwing, catching and kicking balls.
  • Draw or paint pictures/write letters and send them to a relative or a care home
  • Play board and card games – this helps with taking turns, following rules, being patient, learning how to lose and problem-solving – memory matching, dominoes, any by Orchard, snakes and ladders, Snap – are all great
  • Bingo – great for numbers
  • Baking – brilliant for measuring and maths language
  • Play words games – e.g. 20 questions, eye spy, A-Z game (think of a category and name something beginning with each letter of the alphabet)
  • Creating sentences – give your child 3 random words and get your child to make a sentence or a story from them – verbal.
  • Make dens – brilliant for problem-solving and understanding materials
  • Plant something and keep a diary. You can order caterpillars from Insect Lore and other sources – they are a wonderful way to explore change and lifecycles
  • Using scissors, glue and Sellotape – there doesn’t need to be an end product, it’s the process that’s important
  • Make playdough, gloop and slime from household resources these are great for little fingers for strengthening as well as developing inquisitive minds
  • Singing is a massive part of language and vocab development – BBC radio has all the nursery rhymes you’ll ever need
  • Climbing and risk-taking
  • Developing fine motor skills such as threading, putting socks in pairs, Hama beads etc
  • Practise simple tasks like fastening coats, shoelaces, making their own beds, helping with daily chores, getting dressed by themselves, tidying up their toys, emptying the dishwasher, feeding pets, helping to wash the car – children love to help with cleaning and dusting tasks.
  • Paint or draw a rainbow and put it up in your window. If you go out for a walk then see how many you can spot! You can also chat about how real rainbows are made.
  • Place 5 different objects from around the house onto the floor. Give children a minute to look at the items and memorise them. Cover them with a blanket and take one away without your child seeing. Which object is missing?

This quick game will help to develop and improve your child's memory - another skill which is really important for supporting early reading!