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Physical activities and home skills

Here are some everyday tasks that you could do with your child at home:

 

  • Cooking together and asking your child to help prepare lunch and dinner (this is also a really good math activity, incorporating number, counting and measuring.)
  • Every day and self-help tasks e.g. dressing selves, matching pairs of socks when doing the laundry, laying the table for meals, sorting and tidying toys etc.
  • In the garden: go on a bug hunt, nature art (create pictures using things found outside), potion making (create ‘magic’ potions using leaves, grass, daisies etc. and water), make an obstacle course.
  • Make play dough (various simple recipes can be found online.) Corn flour and water is another fun (and messy!) activity.
  • Make dens.
  • Scavenger hunts are good fun and they can be tailored around anything you like e.g. a colour hunt, a nature hunt, an alphabet hunt or number hunt etc.
  • Have a look at ‘The Imagination Tree’ for lots of creative activities:  https://theimaginationtree.com/category/activities/

 

Gross motor activities which develop control, coordination and spatial awareness:

 

  • Go on walks, runs and bike/scooter rides.
  • Climb trees or use playground equipment.
  • Dance!
  • Sweep leaves/sand etc. outside.
  • Play ball games.
  • Digging in sand or mud.
  • Exercising.
  • Why not try Cosmic kids yoga: https://www.cosmickids.com/category/watch/

 

It is really important for children to practise their fine motor skills through activities such as:

 

  • A range of mark making activities using crayons, pencils, paint brushes etc.
  • Puzzles – develops the pincer grip (thumb and index finger.)
  • Playdough – manipulate by squeezing, rolling, stretching, pinching.
  • Using scissors during cutting and sticking activities.
  • Threading/lacing activities – develops the pincer grip and hand-eye coordination.
  • Washing up toys in the sink or outside in a bucket with bubbles and sponges/flannels. Squeezing is really good for strengthening hand and finger muscles.
  • Pegging up laundry.

 

These fine motor activities help to build up the small muscles in children’s hands and fingers so that they are strong in order for them to learn to hold a pencil and begin to write.

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