Make a Den

Dens are great places for children to hide in, use their imagination, create secrets and have lots of fun. Dens can be made almost anywhere, indoors, outdoors, under a table, using chairs, bunk beds and...

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Dressing Up

Most children love dressing up and although you can buy specially made costumes the child can use his or her imagination to create their own costume and character. Supply a selection of jumble including: shirts,...

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Shopping

Collect together some items of packaged food and also some household items (books, clothing, and plastic storage containers). Set up an area as a shop with priced goods then give the child some coins and...

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Imagination Circles

On a large sheet of paper draw 3 or 4 different sized circles and encourage the child to create a picture with the circles. Provide paint, pencils or crayons and let the child use their...

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Wooden Spoon Puppets

Collect together some wooden spoons of different sizes, oddments of fabric to create clothing, wool or cotton wool for hair, pipe cleaners for arms (works well without arms too), rubber bands to hold the fabric...

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Bubble Wrap Paint

Collect together a tray of paint, some long strips of paper, bubble wrap and sticky tape. Place the long strips of paper on the floor (the reverse side of wallpaper is good). Ask the child...

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Decorated Eggs

Collect together paint, markers, stickers, card, tissue paper, glue and hard boiled eggs. Encourage the child to paint or colour the eggs with different patterns or create animals by sticking cardboard ears or wings and...

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Walkie Talkies

Investigate how sound travels. Materials - 2 x yogurt pots or disposable plastic cups and 5 metres of string. Ask the child to decorate the cups with paint, stickers or coloured markers. Make a small...

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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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Bag of Things

Fill a bag with interesting things to show to the child. You can use simple everyday household items. For example: a cup, a saucer, a plate, a knife, a fork, a spoon and perhaps even...

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Sea Story

Tell a story about the sea. If possible, use real props such as seaweed, driftwood and sea shells. Encourage the child to talk about the sea, ships and sealife. You could also sing songs or...

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Sand Play

Go for an outing to the beach or to a play park with a sandpit.  If that’s not possible fill a baby bath or large container with a bag of play sand (you can find...

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Making Simple Puppets

Provide paper bags, felt tip pens and pieces of fabric and encourage the child to create simple puppets. When the puppets are finished encourage the child to put on a puppet show with the creations....

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Make a Zoo

Provide a variety of different materials such as fabric, paint and card or dough for the child to create different animals. You could also provide an assortment of animal pictures for a younger child. When...

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Making Porridge

Many children enjoy being involved in the preparation of meals or just helping out in the kitchen. Encourage the child to help with measuring and stirring but make sure to take care with the hot...

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Home Corner

Set up a house corner using all the household things you need. Make a space for dishes, a bed for the child or toys, find a small table for them to put the pretend meal...

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Floating and Sinking

Fill the kitchen sink or the bath with water and let the child play with it. Give them different things to play with. Maybe they can have things which float and things which sink. Try...

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Dough Play

Provide coloured dough and a selection of cutters. Encourage the child to make shapes, animals, vehicles, items of food or to use their imagination to create anything they like. Talk with the child about their...

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Make a Boat

Help the child to make a rowing boat out of a cardboard box, baby’s bath or storage container large enough for the child to sit in. Add oars cut from cardboard and use a sheet...

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Blow Painting

Put a large drop of thin paint onto a sheet of paper then give the child a straw to blow through onto the paint. The paint will begin to run over the paper. You can...

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