and absorbing activities for young children
When looking for ways to stimulate young minds it is so often a case of
simple is best. Here are some ideas for simple activities that have the
potential to utterly absorb young children.
pencils A pencil case with a selection of coloured
and a sharpener is a great thing to have handy when you get stuck
waiting in the doctor's office with your
preschooler. If possible, choose a pencil sharpener with a removable
lid so that you don't have to worry about shavings all over the ground.
A ball of wool can be wound onto something else (like a cotton reel) or
simply into a new ball. You think it sounds too simple? Try it and see
if you change your mind.
Prepare a table with a bowl, a saucepan, a scoop, a spoon and half a
cup of uncooked lentils or beans. When the fun is over provide a
dustpan and brush for sweeping up.
water and wiping
A water sprayer, a cloth and access to windows or other surfaces to
clean can be a popular summertime activity.
Get together some plastic containers and provide a warm tub of soapy
water in which to wash them up along with a tea towel for drying.
Set up a child friendly clothes line and a basket of pegs. You could
use a sturdy clothes rack with thin rails or suspend a line of string
between two hooks. Old baby clothes can be good for practising hanging,
and can also be used to dress soft toys.
Put three different types of dried pasta or beans into a bowl and three
cups in which to sort them.
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