It can be difficult during the winter months to keep children entertained indoors when you’re done with all your puddle splashing outside. What’s even more difficult is coming up with genuinely worthwhile activities that you and the children can all enjoy! I’ve chosen a selection of resources from the twinkl resources website. twinkl produce beautiful hand drawn resources that look great stuck up on your walls, and best of all, kids love them too.
First off, I like this useful snowman sequencing activity, cut out the squares and treat it like a jigsaw, putting all the parts in the right places. Turn it into a speaking and listening activity using time connectives, “first of all, then we”, use logic and reason, “that must go first because”.
Christmas trees are always a winner and this Colouring Christmas Trees would be a lovely activity for children to take home to show their parents. Younger children can practice their fine motor skills and pencil control by colouring in the tree, whereas older children can design their own tree! Use this as an opportunity for talking about patterns and contrasting colours, what works well together and why.
No Christmassy type activity is complete without making your own advent calendar! This is one of our most popular resources and it’s easy to see why. We’ve a massive collection to choose from so the children in your care could all make different ones. There are loads more Christmas related ideas over on twinkl, why not take a look!
Imagine the possibilities for role play to include developing an understanding of numbers and letters.
Have you found a scrap store near you? Your local council should be able to give you details, or a web search generally provides the information you need. Membership fees are very reasonable and you can join as a group to share the membership card. Our local store sells their items at just £5 for a bin bag full or £2 for a carrier bag of items.
Some items are available all the time, whereas other donated resources such as our exciting number plate board are rare treasures.
The 13th September is the official Roald Dahl day.
This year it is also the 30th birthday of the BFG.
The Roald Dahl website has some fantastic ideas of how to join in with the celebrations on their theme of DREAM BIG.
Click on the link below for more information and to access some ‘gloriumptious’ activity ideas;
Look at the size of these!!!
Ours unfortunately got eaten by slugs… maybe next year.
Click the link below to download the number templates for use with the activites in edition 27 of the Essential Childminder Magazine.
Do you visit your local library regularly?
During the summer holiday libraries run a summer reading challenge encouraging children to read books and collect stickers and a certificate.
Our favourite this year is The Cat In The Hat.
Let us know your favourites!
Have you ever thought about making the floor more appealing for babies?
How would you do this?
Read pages 16 & 17 of our May edition to find out some exciting examples and don’t forget to visit our facebook page to add your own examples of what has been successful in your setting.
How do you promote movement and physical development in your indoor environment?
Do you tell your children to stop running in the house? what alternative methods of moving their bodies in the way that they need to, do you give them? or do you expect them to simply stop – does this work?
Read the Movement Project article in this month’s edition of Essential Childminder Magazine for some activity ideas and information about the importance of movement for all ages.
Their aim is to get Britains ‘cotton-wool kids’ playing outdoors.
What else would you add to this list?
How many of these activities do you do with your minded children?
1. Climb a tree
2. Roll down a really big hill
3. Camp out in the wild
4. Build a den
5. Skim a stone
6. Run around in the rain
7. Fly a kite
8. Catch a fish with a net
9. Eat an apple straight from a tree
10. Play conkers
11. Throw some snow
12. Hunt for treasure on the beach
13. Make a mud pie
14. Dam a stream
15. Go sledging
16. Bury someone in the sand
17. Set up a snail race
18. Balance on a fallen tree
19. Swing on a rope swing
20. Make a mud slide
21. Eat blackberries growing in the wild
22. Take a look inside a tree
23. Visit an island
24. Feel like you’re flying in the wind
25. Make a grass trumpet
26. Hunt for fossils and bones
27. Watch the sun wake up
28. Climb a huge hill
29. Get behind a waterfall
30. Feed a bird from your hand
31. Hunt for bugs
32. Find some frogspawn
33. Catch a butterfly in a net
34. Track wild animals
35. Discover what’s in a pond
36. Call an owl
37. Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool
38. Bring up a butterfly
39. Catch a crab
40. Go on a nature walk at night
41. Plant it, grow it, eat it
42. Go wild swimming
43. Go rafting
44. Light a fire without matches
45. Find your way with a map and compass
46. Try bouldering
47. Cook on a campfire
48. Try abseiling
49. Find a geocache
50. Canoe down a river
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