Play @ Home can provide a range of educational benefits for your toddler or child from problem-solving to creative thinking, communication, and increased confidence.
Here are a few ideas to keep your toddler busy and entertained:
- Draw up a list of jobs, which can include anything from washing up to dusting, folding towels, making an indoor adventure area, cleaning teeth, helping you to prepare props for @ Home classes, and joining in with the rehearsals. Tick off jobs when completed.
- Involve your child in the planning and preparation of props for @ Home programmes. Use a stopwatch or egg timer and set your child on a mission to collect household materials before time runs out!
- Download our free spring and Easter worksheets for colouring, matching, cutting out, counting, and craftwork. If possible, provide thin felt-tips, pencils or crayons for drawing and dot-to-dot to develop muscle control. The various activities may keep your toddler focused while you run @ Home sessions.
- Provide a toy catalogue (or a magazine), a pair of scissors, and glue. Help your child to make a scrapbook. If cutting out is difficult, the pages can be torn out, which is good for building hand muscle strength.
- Shaving foam for sensitive skins squirted on a baking tray can provide a source of entertainment for little fingers. Add a few toy trucks and small world people to encourage imagination.
- Play dough is one of the best play materials for toddlers who simply can’t sit still, and may be a life-saver when you’re running @ Home sessions. Rolling, kneading, and squashing are excellent for developing fine motor skills, and a few kitchen utensils or scissors will extend all aspects of learning and development.
- Classic games such as connect the dots, hangman, tic-tac-toe, snap, and snakes and ladders are great fun, especially when you join in. Your toddler also knows that you are fun to be with!
- Threading pasta on a string, water play, pirate treasure hidden in a bowl of polenta, matching lids to pots, pouring drinks from jugs to cups, bathing dolls, bendy straws tied together, and role-play or dressing up will keep your toddler busy.
- A tea party with Tod, teddies or soft toys, themed party hats, plates, and balloons will keep your toddler entertained. A few raisons and a pair of tongs will extend the role-play play. Encourage your toddler to wrap the gift and play pass the parcel with party friends.
- A ‘sponsored silence’ might work when you’re filming, but have a good supply of toys, comforters, and healthy snacks and drinks available too.
- Toddlers love helping with everyday chores such as dusting, cleaning, baking, loading the washing machine, setting the table, and sweeping, which encourages them to re-enact real-life events and make sense of the world.
- Toddlers enjoy moving heavy objects to new places. Weight-bearing activities such as lifting and carrying the laundry basket will keep them occupied and increase muscle strength.
- Bubbles never fail to delight toddlers: they could be a life saver when you’re running @ Home classes!
With advance planning and preparation, @ Home play can be very rewarding for you and your toddler, strengthen the bond between you, and build happy memories.