Have fun, learn something new and create lasting memories with these simple, hands on and engaging at home play activities!
Whether you're a teacher looking for classroom activities or a parent looking for fun and educational ways to spend time with your child, coming up with engaging play-based activities can be a challenge. Check out some of our favourite hands-on, play-based activities that are perfect for little learners. From sensory play to arts and crafts, there's no shortage of ideas to choose from. Each activity is designed to stimulate your child's imagination and creativity while also promoting important skills such as problem-solving, communication, and critical thinking!
Set up small world play, freeze flowers or toys (e.g. small figurines, duplo) inside ice cubes and have fun looking at them and watching them melt.
Dip blocks into paint and stamp onto paper! For older children, challenge them to make a picture using the shape stamps.
Trace Duplo bricks to create a shape on a piece of paper. Have your child fit the bricks inside it.
FUN WITH CONTACT
Tape some contact onto a surface, sticky side out. Head outside to find leaves, flowers, and other things in your environment to stick up and create art with! Use this same idea to make stained glass art with cellophane squares.
Draw several coloured circles on the pavement and have your child sort objects into the matching colours. Can your child add to the sort by finding their own objects in the environment?
Have your child create their own placemat. Simply decorate an A3 piece of card then laminate or use contact to protect.
WHISKED TO PERFECTION
Experiment with using different kitchen utensils (e.g. potato masher, fork, whisk) to dip into paint and stamp with. Challenge your child to turn some of their dried stamps into a picture using a black marker.
Put 1 cup of rice, 1/2 tsp vinegar + several drops of food colouring into a zip lock. Shake well, spread onto baking paper and leave to dry for a couple of hours.
All you need is some non-toxic acrylic paint and some medium-sized stones. Create animals,
pictures, letters etc. Hide them in your garden!
PAINTING WITH TAPE
Randomly tape strips onto paper. Allow your child to paint each space using different colours, not worrying about painting on the tape. Help your child peel back the tape to reveal their art!
Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to enhance your little learner's education with more ideas from our 18-page play ideas PDF!
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