This is just a very small selection of the hundreds of games and ideas we have available in the members only section which is freely accessible to all our Families, Nannies and Educators.
Use an icecream container or similar. Three quarters fill with water and collect some treasures for the garden...feathers, special stones, small twigs, sand leaves, shells, coloured paper etc. Place in deep freeze until frozen. Turn out and discover what you have made. Look at the shapes, water bubbles etc. Watch it thaw in the sun, how long does it take to thaw, can you hold it or is it too cold.
Too hot in the paddling pool...enjoy some water in the shade. Use a bowl, water, detergent and an egg beater or whisk beat and beat and watch as the bubbles rise out of the bowl and make wonderful "fluff".
Use coloured chalk to draw circles in varying sizes until you reach the length you want for your caterpillar. Draw a face on the first circle, and add simple legs to the others.
On some circles, draw a vertical line through the middle – leave the others blank.
Show your child how to hop on one foot (or jump with both feet together) on the blank circles, and jump with a foot each side of the line on the other circles. It doesn't even matter if they just 'run' through the caterpillar to begin with.
Once your child gets the hang of the game, hand over the chalk and let them design their own caterpillar!
Bikers Obstacle Course
Save your old empty milk cartons and bottles. Half fill them with water, dirt or sand, to make marker 'cones' for the riding track.
Let your child help decide where to put the 'cones' and mark out the obstacle course. Draw arrows on the ground with chalk, to indicate which direction to ride in:
String up crepe paper streamers across the track, for riders to duck under.
Make an appliance box into a 'tunnel'.
Create a puddle to ride through.
Use marker 'cones' to build zigzags, circles, or corners into the track.
Children love games that they can win! Treasure hunts give children the opportunity to 'beat' their parents for a change. Start out by hiding a small object such as a toy car or block, somewhere around the living room. Ask your child to 'hunt the treasure' and give them small verbal clues, such as 'It's behind something', or 'It's underneath something'. When the hunt is over, close your eyes and let your child hide the treasure for you to find! Let them provide the clues. For older children, try hiding several items throughout the entire house, or use the garden. Try making a treasure map, using picture clues.