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Cooking

This week how about making some superhero juice that is delicious and full of healthy ingredients.

Den or cave building

Den building is a very simple and fun activity that incorporates so much learning. Children’s imaginations go wild with this activity. From planning the build – what will they use to make their den? Can they gather the materials themselves? – to playing inside of it, each step is an absolute pleasure. Hopefully they’ll be inspired to come up with exciting, fun-filled role play, or simply enjoy a change the scene and play with their toys ‘hidden away’ in their cave.

The easiest way to create a stable den is through using a blanket or bed sheet and cover a table or some other furniture moved together. You can create quite a spacious den using four chairs arranged in a square with the blanket placed over the back rests. Add few cushions added into the cave and your kids will have a great time for sure.

Woodwork for Children

How about some wood work for your child. This activity seems daunting but in reality is very simple and with adult supervision is a fun and valuable activity. All you need are some tools and wood. once children understand the safety and risks of activities they will amaze you with their natural ability to risk assess their own activities. Working with wood and tools can also develop skills such as;

  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Dexterity/fine motor
  • Problem-solving
  • Role-playing
  • Creative thinking
  • Imagination
  • Independence/self esteem
  • Matching
  • Sorting
  • Comparing/measuring
  • Textures and properties
  • Conceptualization
  • Cooperation
  • Respect for tools and materials
  • Increased awareness and understanding of the world around them
  • Language development

A big thank you to Ruth and Ben for sending us the video and pictures of Aysa demonstrating his amazing skills. As you can see it is a fantastic activity for engagement and focusing. And it’s a wonderful time to spend with your child trying new things and activities.

Messy Play

What about making some homemade slime together for some messy play activities this week. It drips and drags from fingertips, oozes and squeezes from fists. If your child is in need of a swamp for his collection of dinosaurs, look no further.

You will need:

  • 75g cornflour  
  • 120ml baby shampoo 
  • Green food colouring

Directions:

  • Put the cornflour and baby shampoo into a bowl and mix together until smooth.
  • Add the food colouring and mix again.

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