Today’s blog is all about activities that can be completed at home or in the preschool environment that are inexpensive and take less than 5 minutes to set up.
- Washing dolls clothes
Children love playing with bubbles. Why not combine this with some fine motor activities that aim to strengthen the smaller muscles in the child’s hand. Fill up a large tub with water. Use some dishwashing liquid for bubbles. Put all the dolls clothes in a washing basket, tie up some string for a clothes line and have some pegs handy. Children will manipulate the clothes and then have to use their strength to squeeze the excess water out. They will hang it on the string and use their pincer grip to attach a peg. Kids love water, mess and fun. This activity has all three elements. Make sure you keep an eye on them as water can pose a danger.
2. Building towers
Put a variety of objects in a pile and tell your child to go and experiment building towers or whatever they want with the objects. The objects could include cardboard boxes, sponges cut up, tupperware containers or paddle pop sticks and play-dough. Children will learn about how structures work, patterns that you can use and using their small muscles in their hands to manipulate small objects. After they have made some towers, get them to try making a city, farm, airport or what ever their imagination can come up with.
3. Cardboard Box and washable texta
Children love drawing, especially on themselves. This is a great one for them to experiment with using a tool to write with. A texta is a great tool as it is thicker than a pencil and helps children develop their small hand muscles. A box will be a success for you as it contains your young one and their mess. Make sure the texta is safe for children and is easy to wash off.
4. Matching lids and containers
Take all the lids off their containers and mix them up. Have your child try and work out how to put them all back together. You can do the same thing with small containers that have a screw top lid. Children love taking the lids on and off and matching the correct lid with the container. This activity would be targeted for a child over the age of 3 years. Screwing lids on and off can be a difficult skill at first but with practise they will master it.
5. Washing dishes
Give the child some water, a scrubbing brush, sponge, some play plates, cutlery, cups, containers and chopping boards and let them make mess. Give them a tea towel to dry the dishes after they are washed.
As a mother, I know how important time is. These activities all take less than 5 minutes to set up but can give your child hours of fun while learning important concepts at the same time. Why not try one of these activities each day to see which one your child engages with the most.
Until next time …
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