Happy Friday everyone. Here's another 5 activities for you and your little one to try. It's a bit of a medley this week with ideas you should be able to do with items you already have in your home. Enjoy!
1. Tea Party. I really love activities that can be easily packed up and taken on your travels too. I've found some lovely ideas on Pinterest for small world set ups that come in little containers, so we decided we'd make our own. Floss is really into 'tea parties' at the moment so I thought I'd set up a small world invitation with her Grimms Dwarfs and mini tea party set. You could use any characters that you already have around your home or make some, pop in a couple of cups and a scrap of fabric into a tupperware container and ta-dah - you have your mini tea party all set.
Now, if your little one is anything like mine, I can't guarantee that the contents will remain in the container. We used a mini suitcase and that meant a lot of time was spent just taking the suitcase from one location to another, under heavy guard I may add! A great idea is to have this as an out-and-about box ready to go. Good for a wait before an appointment or eating out. You could also do many different themes in the boxes. I know I plan to try out lots as Floss loves these.
2. Story Recorder. I can't believe how popular this has been! Floss's DadDad sometimes has to go abroad for work, which means he misses bedtime. We will often try to do a video call, but sometimes the difference in time zones just doesn't work. So, the last time DadDad went away we recorded onto a dictaphone some of Floss's favourite stories. We played them at bedtimes and snack times. You could tell she was really into the story as she was laughing and 'oh no'-ing at the appropriate times. I used a dictaphone, but you could easily use a mobile phone and even video the story being read.
DadDad does some pretty awesome voices for characters in stories, but it's also lovely to have the imperfections in the recordings too. We recorded the story while DadDad was reading to Floss one night and he mixed up some of the words. When we played it back it was her favourite bit, when it went a bit wrong and you could hear us all laughing together. The mistakes made it PERFECT.
It's a lovely idea for relatives who live far away or whom you don't see very often. They could record a story for your little one that they can cherish.
3. Containers. Little ones love containers. They can stack them, sort them, order them, fill them, empty them, transport them and more. We've fallen in love with the Grimms natural wooden bowls in the pictures above and we can confirm that a large amount of peas can fit in each container when placed carefully in one at a time. Oh my can we spend a long time with these bowls, but you don't need to purchase specific toys for this purpose. Tupperware, especially with lids, are perfect. See what other things you can find in the kitchen too. We've got a set of 3 jugs that fit inside each other and not forgetting my lovely Joseph Joseph bowl set that DadDad bought me as a gift. Measuring spoons are great too. Russian dolls are a super way of exploring shape, space and size aswell. You'll note I'm a penguin missing - he was being utilised during the photo shoot by Floss and couldn't attend. The really little ones we only play with together due to the size too.
4. Finger Gym by Galina Dolya & Judy Holder. The lovely people behind Finger Gym are letting me share with you some of the great ideas in their book. This week I'm sharing an activity called Shadow Riddles. Make a room nice and dark and shine a light on a light coloured wall (or put up paper or a sheet). Use your hands to make shadows while giving clues about what your animal is. If they guess or you tell them what the animal is, encourage them to come and make baby shadows of that animal. Older children could have a go at coming up with their own clues. A challenge might be to make rhyming riddles for their animals.
5. Stones and Gems. I love rocks, stones and gems. They've always fascinated me and I've enjoyed collecting various rocks over the years. Floss has definitely taken after me and loves to explore rocks and stones. She will often stop to pick one up on our travels and I always have different ones out for loose parts play. Colours, textures, warmth, patterns can all be explored using these simple resources. Floss often uses them in her small world play too.
As always, I would recommend adult supervision with activities and take care to ensure the items you are using are suitable for your child in both age and development. The views expressed are my own.