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Play ideas

Play is an essential part of every child's life and is vital for the enjoyment of childhood as well as social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.

By doing activities together, families can help children get more from education.

Adults also benefit from doing things with children. Family fun isn’t just parents and children – dads, mums, stepparents, carers, aunts, uncles, grandparents can all join in. 

Play Dough

Play Dough is easy to make at home and fun for kids of all ages.

You will need:

  • a mixing bowl
  • 8oz plain flour
  • 4oz table salt
  • drops of food colouring 
  • some water 

 Put the flour and salt into the bowl and add a little water with a drop or two of food colouring until it becomes a stiff consistency. Your child can then knead the dough until it is well and truly mixed. You can then sit together and make lots of models. 

Cooking

Cooking is a fantastic activity to do with your children: they can learn and practice a whole range of skills and it gives them an understanding of food and where it all comes from. It’s also a great way to teach them about healthy lifestyles

Build a Den

Why not build a den? This could be indoors or outdoors; an old sheet or rug draped over a couple of chairs, a blanket laid over the floor, a sheet over a washing line. Once the den has been built the children can use their imagination, maybe cook dinner or collect things around the house to go inside the den!

Junk modelling

Get creative, use different resources from your recycling and create models, animals, monsters, let your imagination run wild!

Picnics

Why not have a picnic? Get the children involved packing a picnic basket, if the weather isn’t great you could even have a picnic indoors!

Treasure Hunt

Whether it's too cold to play outside, a birthday party, or just an ordinary day, treasure hunts are a great, fun, and easy way to keep kids entertained.

Click here for treasure hunt ideas