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Fun at home

Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, physical, cognitive and emotional strength. Play is important for healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them.

Below we have listed some fun activities that you can do at home with your children. They are easy to do and can mostly be done with everyday items that you have around the house.

Playdough

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour 
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar 
  • 1/2 cup salt 
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil 
  • 1 cup water 
  • food colouring

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients (flour, salt, cream of tartar) and mix well.

  2. Mix food colouring with your water first. Then add the vegetable oil and water with food colouring to a large pot. Mix together.

  3. Add dry ingredients to your pot and mix well.

  4. Cook over low to medium heat until the dough starts to form and becomes dry.

  5. Once it starts to form a ball together and looks fully cooked, take off the heat. Let the dough cool first before touching.

  6. Once cool, knead the dough for 5 minutes to make the dough soft.

  7. Now that you’re done making your playdough, get out some cookie cutters and have fun making shapes! We also like using rolling pins, stamps, straws, pipe cleaners, wooden sticks, to play with our playdough. 

Sensory bottles 

What is a sensory bottle? Sensory bottles are clear plastic or glass bottles that are filled with a variety of materials that allow children to explore different elements in a mess-free environment. To create a sensory bottle at home you will need:

  • Empty clean bottle
  • Super glue
  • Material to put in the bottle like; dry pasta, rattle, beads, straws, glitters, buttons.

You can make a rattle style bottle by adding only dry ingredients, or a water sensory bottle by filling it with water and items such as glitter and plastic fish.

Always make sure that the lid is secured tightly with superglue.

Sensory bottle at home - Facebook Tutorial (External site)

Messy Play trays

We love Messy Play at the Children's Centres. To recreate Messy Play at home, you can use baking trays, plastic toys or bowls and fill them up with things such as; jelly, shaving foam, lentils or rice. You can then add anything to it, for example, toy animals, cars, lego blocks, plastic tweezers, utensils. Children will have hours of fun squashing, squeezing and running their fingers to get that sensory experience, and at that same time practice their fine motor skills. 

Facebook

For more ideas and videos, please visit the Children's Centre Facebook pages, where something new is shared regularly.