Hi everyone. So today I will be sharing some fun and creative activities for kids at home. These are some fun activities which I’m positive your children will enjoy! You can do these activities with your children using resources from your kitchen. Lentils, pasta, spoons, bowls and whatever you can think of.
Activity Number 1 – Lentils!
What you will need – a tray or bowl (or even both) spoons, measuring jugs, containers and of course – the lentils.
This is a simple but effective creative activity. It gets kids to think, enjoy, play, problem solve, count, fill and empty. Which are all very important in the learning and development of kids. Kids can develop their fine motor skills and improve concentration when they are picking and moving the lentils from one container to another, this is called transporting. Children will start to gain understanding the terms ‘more’ or ‘less’ which is essential for gaining maths skills.
My children love this activity. They make a lot of mess but, hey as long as they are having fun and are learning at the same time, it’s all good 😉
Activity Number 2 – Cornflour!
What you will need – some cornflour, water and food colouring (optional)
This is a messy activity so have aprons on and arms rolled up and ready – not that it won’t still get through, but at least you tried 😉
So for this activity, all you have to do is get some cornflour, add a little bit of water at a time until you get a gloopy texture. I like to add food colouring to make it look more exciting and fun! And that’s it, your activity is ready for those little hands to dig in 🙂
This activity is good for kids to get used to their senses, by touching and feeling the gloop. You can ask questions about what it feels like so they can increase their vocabulary. You will be surprised at the words they come up with!
It is so easy to clean up afterwards, all you have to do is wash away and you are good to go.
Activity Number 3 – Pasta – and no I’m not giving you ideas of what to cook for dinner tonight 😉
What you will need – pasta (uncooked), some tongs, some tubs or containers
Now this activity is all about developing fine motor skills. It takes a lot of concentration and focus to use tongs to pick up small things. Once your child has mastered this, they will naturally be able to use their fine motor skills for many other things like using scissors or writing/mark making. You could also talk about textures and help them to develop their vocabulary by encouraging the use of different words.
Don’t worry if your child doesn’t quite get the concept just yet, with time they will learn 🙂
Activity Number 4 – Dry Cereal!
What you will need – At least different types of cereal
I say to get at least 2 different cereals because each cereal has different textures, taste different and look different. So this will give children an opportunity to use different words to describe what they can see. This activity encourages children to use all of their senses – taste, feel, look, touch, hear.
You could talk about the sounds you are hearing when they break or crush them.
You could encourage their vocabulary by asking questions about whatever they are doing. “Is it soft?” “Is it hard?” “What can you hear when you crush it?” There are so many questions you can ask to get the kids thinking and learning as they play!
The other good thing about this is, they can eat it too! 😛