day 5 – wash the car

Car need washing? Engaging with kids is about way more than games and craft activities. Involve them in everyday jobs because kids like to help, and they love being with you. Fresh air is especially welcome just now so why not find a shady spot and wash the car. Play clothes or togs, empty plasticContinue reading “day 5 – wash the car”

day 4 – making play dough

My philosophy on playing with children includes this: preparation and cleaning up is part of the fun. Don’t do it all yourself. Play dough is a great resource to have on hand, and making your own is a good idea. Children will LOVE making it with you. And they can, even the small ones. ApartContinue reading “day 4 – making play dough”

day 3 – chalk the floor

Your kitchen floor will look like a crime scene but kids love this one, and clean-up is easy. You need a stick of chalk. Get down on the floor with the kids. Draw around the child’s body, moving carefully around fingers and toes, and taking your tickly time with armpits and other sensitive spots. AlthoughContinue reading “day 3 – chalk the floor”

day 2 – a bubbly time

This is a wet activity so set up in an appropriate place, even outside. If necessary put down newspaper or an old towel. Grab a handful of pegs and rig up a makeshift clothesline, something like a cord strung between kitchen chairs. Preparation is part of any activity so don’t do this by yourself. AlwaysContinue reading “day 2 – a bubbly time”

day 1 – making paper people

Remember paper dolls? Grab a sheet of paper from the recycle pile beside your computer. Cut it in half so it’s about A5 size and make a concertina fold in four or six even sections. Small children will need help with this but if it’s a bit messy that doesn’t matter – kids learn fromContinue reading “day 1 – making paper people”