Grab some rocks, paint them however you like and have a treasure hunt around your house or garden. Hours of fun to be had by taking it in turns to hide the rocks somewhere new. Share photos of your painted rocks on social media or with others in the WellChild Family Tree.
Dens (inside or outside) are always a big hit, whatever the weather. Household objects are all you need – chairs, cushions, sheets, pegs, garden canes, washing lines, just use your imagination. It’s up to you what adventures go on in your den.
There are so many fun messy things lying around the house, paints, bubbles, water, flour, you can even make your own colourful play dough or bath paints (using shaving foam and food colouring). If the weather is bad and you can’t be messy outside, you can buy tarpaulin fairly cheaply. It will stop your carpets getting mucky and is easy to wipe clean.
Top tip: Help encourage eating by using wet and dry food items such a pasta, rice, dry cereals, custard or jelly (yum yum).
If it’s not raining, here are some fab suggestions of things to do in the garden:
· “Washing” windows (they are usually more messy afterwards than when you start);
· Water fights (60ml syringes are amazing for this);
· Drawing in the garden with giant chalks;
· “Painting” the fence/walls/patio with water, big paint brushes or your hands;
· Turning your washing line into a big den with bedsheets;
· Smelling the flowers and feeling the leaves on your skin;
· Hunting for creepy-crawlies
· A Teddy Bears picnic.
If it is raining or muddy, get your waterproofs on. There is a lot of fun to be had with muddy puddles, squishy mud and worms that have popped up to say hello.
Have a disco. Everyone gets to pick a song. Have a dance and play an instrument (if you haven’t got anything noisy, fill plastic bottles with rice, water or dried pasta to make your own). There are several disco lights Apps available to make your living room sparkle, so turn up the music and have some fun.
Theme your whole day around one thing. Sounds tricky at first but it’s actually very simple. You just need to use your imagination.
Mary Poppins Day – fly a kite in the garden, have a tea party, feed the birds, draw chalk pictures on tiles, and play pin the dickie bow on the penguin. Finish it off by watching the movie snuggled up with the kids.
Peter Pan Day – build a ship in your lounge, role play and don’t let the crocodile get you. Pretend to fly, find Tinkerbell and make dad walk the plank.
Gruffalo Day – go for a walk in the Deep Dark Wood (in your garden or home), make Gruffalo footprints, find sticks that look like snakes, hoot like an owl, or make a crumble.
Similar to theme days but you take your favourite book(s) and make a bag full of interactive things to do with the book. Take the ‘Room on the Broom’ for example you could put a witch, a dog, a cat, a hat, a bow and a wand all in the bag and as these characters and/or items come up in the story you include them. Puppets and puppet shows can also be used to tell the stories.
Top Tip: You can find ready-made story bags to match certain popular story books online on eBay.
Any Bake Off fans reading this? Don’t worry you don’t need to be an expert and your final product does not need to be a Mary Berry masterpiece. It’s all about the fun of taking part. Looking through cook books, measuring out ingredients, mixing it all up, having a sneaky taste, watching it cook and the best part of all… the taste test.
Putting tarpaulin or a sheet on the floor means that measuring and mixing can be done without flour going everywhere.
Top Tip: saucepans and wooden spoons make excellent percussion instruments if you like a little music while you cook
Check out the plants
What can you find in the garden, or when out for a walk? How many different leaves, blossoms, flowers and trees can you spot? How many animals do you see?
Learn a new skill
We are excited to be working with Wool Couture – more on this new venture soon. In the meantime, they have some great YouTube videos on ‘Crochet for Beginners’ teaching you how to create little crocheted Easter Eggs! Watch their tutorials and download the pattern at the end of the final video.
Sometimes we all just need to chill. So grab the duvet, get your pj’s on, pop on a DVD or grab your favourite book and get snuggly together.
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