Dancing

Put on the child’s favourite music and encourage them to dance. Ask the child to dance with each part of their body in turn. Start with the arms, ask them to make their feet dance,...

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Measuring Distance

Early measuring does not have to be done with tape measures or rulers. Younger children can begin to learn measuring and distance with their feet. From a starting point encourage the child to jump as...

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Nature Scavenger Hunt

Cut out or draw some small pictures of things the child is likely to see on a nature walk. For example, spider, worm, flowers, butterfly, bridge, trees, ants and beetles and stick them in a...

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Shopping List

Cut out 5 or 6 images from old magazines or supermarket leaflets of the items you intend to buy on your shopping trip. If possible include a selection of fresh, chilled, frozen and dry goods....

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Story Stick

Prepare to go on a nature walk, either in the garden, the local park or some other outside area. Collect a twig or small tree branch about 30cm long and the thickness of an average...

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Shape and Movement

For this activity you will need some masking tape and a ball. Use the masking tape to mark the outlines of different shapes on the floor. For example, circle, square, rectangle, triangle, diamond etc. Make...

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Teddy Toss

Collect together some small soft toys and an empty toy box or laundry basket.  Make sure that there is nothing around that can be broken then ask your child to pick a toy and throw...

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Nature Art

Go for a walk to the park, local wood or other outdoor area with your child and collect leaves, stones, moss, twigs, bark, grasses etc. Arrange all of the items collected on the ground and...

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Windy Weather

Windy weather is a good opportunity for the child to get outdoors to fly kites and flags. You could help the child to put up a wind sock outdoors to determine which direction the wind...

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On the Farm

Visit a farm and allow the child to have first-hand experience of real animals. Talk about tractors and farm machinery. When you get home ensure the child has materials to paint or draw what they...

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On the Farm

Visit a farm and allow the child to have first-hand experience of real animals. Talk about tractors and farm machinery. When you get home ensure the child has materials to paint or draw what they...

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Outdoor Activity

Outdoor activity is great for working on gross motor skills (the big muscles in the body). Take a ball outdoors with the child. Encourage the child to practice running, throwing, catching and jumping. Take turns...

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Outdoor Digging

If you have a garden or outdoor space give the child the chance to dig for worms, slugs, snails, ladybirds and butterflies. Encourage the children to be kind to all of these creatures and help...

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Weather Walk

Go for a walk outdoors with the child. Talk about the kind of clothes you wear on cold days, warm days or wet days. Wonder about animals and their fur and feathers, how they keep...

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Autumn Walk

Take the child on an Autumn walk where they can experience the patterns and colours of the changing season. They may enjoy stepping in puddles, walking through piles of leaves, noticing reflections, finding footprints and...

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Pooh Sticks

Find a river with a bridge and collect some small sticks of different sizes. Encourage the child to drop one of the sticks off the side of the bridge upstream and watch it float away....

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National Dancing

Teach the child some of the steps of the national dance of their country or of a country which interests the child. For the younger child it is not necessary to focus too closely on...

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Fruit Fun

Go for a walk to the shops with the child and buy some fruit. Look at all the different types of fruit there are and ask the child to name the familiar ones. Talk about...

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Action Songs

Action songs are a great way to get children moving and singing at the same time. They are also good for teaching the child body parts, numbers, the alphabet and how to follow directions. You...

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Household Chores

Young children enjoy imitating what is going on in the house. Help the child to practice doing what you are doing by encouraging them to wash their own dishes after snack and by putting the cups...

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Seasonal Candy Hunt

Hide a selection of chocolate eggs or seasonal sweets and candies in the garden or outdoor area. Use this as an opportunity for the child to count, follow directions and learn descriptive words. Use words...

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Traditional Games

Encourage the child to play some traditional games such as hopscotch, skipping or hide and seek. These are all good ways of getting the child to be active and enhancing gross motor skills whilst also...

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