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Play ideas for your child

I know I've struggled at times to come up with fun and creative things to do with the kids.  The more tired I am, the less I can think of anything.  So for those days when you're energy is a little low, here is a list of simple, easy things to do with your kids.

 

Any age

You

Cuddles

Dancing

Reading/singing stories

Singing- action and interaction songs, bouncing songs

Blocks

Cars

Trains

Dolls

Puddles

Sticks

Stones

Water play (Can use containers, cups, bubbles, sponge, bath toys, go to the pool)

Hide and seek

Sand/dirt/stones/mud play (Can use hands, small shovel, spoon, cup, old bakeware)

Your local toy library (great for borrowing the big toys, activity centres, dress ups, ball pits)

Empty cardboard box or washing basket (cubby, car, house, fort, castle, decorate, colour in, cushions, blankets, teddies etc..)

Balls

Balloons

Bubbles

Chalk

 

0-12 months

You

Playstations with different textures/toys in each corner

Food play (squishy food on a tray)

Peek a boo

Mirror play

Rocking, swaying, dancing, bouncing, rolling, sitting

Different ‘touch’ textures to explore

Blocks

Play frame and hang different items

Scrunchy or noisy items near baby’s feet

Going for walks outside

Baby massage

Talking turns ‘talking'

 

 

1 year olds

You

Bang on the pots and pans

‘Cooking’ with mum

Butcher paper and crayons

Empty tissue box or container - posting pegs, sqaures of fabric, stones

Food in an ice cube tray (blueberries, cheese, strawberries, carrot, corn kernals, cooked pasta, yoghurt, peas etc..)

Puzzles

Stackable/nested cups or boxes

Bath toys

Push along trolleys

Pull along toys

 

2 year olds

You

Empty paper towel or glad wrap tube

Chalk outside

‘Paint’ the house with paintbrush and water

Playdough

Picking flowers

Counting and Alphabet

Go to the beach

Puzzles

Pasting

Cutting out with kid safe scissors

Cars

Dolls, cots & prams

Blocks

Duplo

 

 

3 year olds

You

Magic sand

Scooter

Balance bike

Cooking

Folding the washing

Sweeping, mopping, dusting

Collecting bugs

Stamps and ink pads (or fingers)

Beading & threading

Face paint/pencils

Crafting – Collage, paint, draw, stencil, cardmaking

Painting

Wood, hammer & nails

Cubbies and tents

Pretending and make believe

 

References & Resources

http://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/activities/indoor/one-year-old-activities/

You are your child’s first teacher – Rahima Baldwin Dancy