Hello to all the lovely families in Daisies. I hope you and your children are all safe and well at this difficult time. I am missing them all and hope they are being good for you! I have provided a few ideas for activities at home based on the Early Years Framework. Further down the page I will put up to date ideas linked to our planned story of the week. There are also links for play dough recipes and ideas for sensory bottles. I hope to see you all soon.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
Spend 1:1 time with your child, playing games such as peek-a-boo, Row, Row your boat or rolling a ball back and forth to each other. Give your child opportunities to take the lead in these games and follow their interests.
If you have a garden or back yard spend plenty time in the fresh air. You could take a ball outside or just run around together.
Children at this age love any opportunity to climb so if you can, provide some safe climbing activities such as stacking cushions/pillows to scramble over. You could also build tunnels using chairs and blankets for your child to crawl through and burn off some energy!
Pop-up or posting toys are great for developing fine motor skills and are very engaging for toddlers.
This past half term we have focused a lot on early self help skills and have been encouraging the children to feed themselves whenever possible. They have enjoyed this independence and love using their hands for finger foods and their spoons for meals.
Communication and Language.
Take time each day to look at books together and sing songs. Talk about the stories and pictures. Encourage your child to copy simple words from the story or from familiar rhymes. Give choices within play eg. ‘Do you want your cars or your blocks?’ Give them time to answer, either through speech or gestures.
As visiting other people isn’t an option at the moment, take time to talk on the phone/facetime if possible. This is a great opportunity for your child to spend time with extended family or friends.
Read stories together daily. Make this a special bonding time with no distractions. Stories can also be found on YouTube and apps such as Storytime from Cbeebies.
Find a selection of toys or objects to sort with your child. You could sort by type of object, colour, shape etc. As you sort you could count the objects, introducing number names and concepts. Activities like this are best in short bursts and it’s likely your child will be more interested in playing with the objects than sorting them but it’s a great way to introduce simple maths.
Number songs are also good. The children in Daisies love ‘Three little ducks’ and ‘1, 2, 3, 4, 5 once I caught a fish alive’. If you have toy ducks, fishes etc. it is always good to add props to song time.
Understanding the world.
Include your child in some simple baking or decorating cakes/biscuits. They love to pour and scoop as well as using a spoon to stir.
If you have the outdoor space, you could allow your child to dig in the mud or sand if you have a sand tray.
Water play is a favourite for toddlers. This could even just be an extended bath time with some water friendly toys, bubbles etc.
Experimental and open ended play is very beneficial for young children so it is a good idea to repeat and extend on activities. For example, you could add a few drops of food colouring or glitter to water or make gloop together (cornflour and a small amount of water). This will introduce the idea of change/cause and effect.
Expressive arts and design.
Sensory bottle are a cheap and easy activity which toddlers love. You can put anything in them and they are an immediate attraction. Some ideas are uncooked rice or pasta, coloured water with glitter or small objects in sand.
Some other ideas for creative activities include:
Homemade musical instruments (a pan and a spoon makes the perfect drum!)
Playdough (See links to different recipes)
Making Easter cards for family
Painting, drawing or colouring.
Some of our favourite songs in Daisies are:
Row, row, row your boat
Twinkle, twinkle little star
Incy wincy spider
Baa baa black sheep
Three little ducks
Wind the bobbin up
I can sing a rainbow
Little Peter Rabbit