With most of us stuck at home this summer, it can be a challenge to keep the children entertained and maintain a level of home learning, particularly with most nurseries temporarily shutting their doors due to the pandemic.
This guide explains some of the easiest home learning activities to keep your child entertained this summer, including sensory activities, motor skills advancement methods and ways to get your child involved in understanding the way the world works.
Foil painting is a great way for children to express their artistic side by designing their very own masterpiece. As foil is used for sensory play, this activity is excellent for sensory exploration. All you’ll need is foil, paint and paintbrushes.
To get started, you’ll want to set out some foil on a flat surface with different coloured paints surrounding it. Encourage your child to take the lead, and let them dip their paintbrush into the paints and move it across the foil. If you don’t mind getting messy, your child may prefer using their hands instead of a paintbrush to make marks.
If you’re looking for ways to encourage your child to learn about wildlife,nature and the outside world, then this activity may be perfect for your little one. Create your own bird feeder in just a few simple steps, which is proven to encourage your child to show care and concern for living things, with an opportunity to learn more about birds and the environment. You’ll need porridge oats, peanut butter, a cardboard tube, butter knife and string (or ribbon).
Using a butter knife, spread the peanut butter over the cardboard tube until it is completely covered. Pour your porridge oats onto a plate and roll the covered tube across the plate so that it becomes covered in oats. Thread your string (or robbin) through the tube and hang over a branch or on a fence, and voila! Your very own bird feeder.
As a popular nursery in Finchley London, While we know this may not be a popular favourite for some parents, it’s sure to be an activity that your little one will love, and can be created using things you have around the house. Using various kitchen utensils (e.g. spoons, whisks and rolling pins) you can create your very own musical orchestra.
Using a plastic bottle, create your own shakers by filling the bottle with dry pasta, rice or lentils. Screw the lid back on and allow your child to shake and rattle the bottle. You can either leave the bottle as it is or help with decorating to create another fun activity.
This activity creates your very own musical orchestra and will benefit your child by allowing them to express themselves through physical action and sound and allow them to move their body to sounds they enjoy. This is also great for encouraging them to understand the meaning of shaking, hitting, looking, feeling, tasting, mouthing and pulling.
If you’re stuck for ideas or are looking for more ways to inspire your child to explore, discover, create and learn, it may be worth getting in touch with a pre-school nursery for advice, guidance and a unique curriculum delivered by specialist and qualified teachers.