The first part of ‘The Muddy Boots Self-Isolation Survival Kit’ went down like a storm, so here is Part 2! This one is based off specific interests the different age groups currently have at Muddy Boots, to help you continue your little ones development during the current Coronavirus delay phase but through fun and play (They won’t even realise they’re cooped up at home!)
0 TO 2 YEARS
Filling & emptying containers – You can used different sized containers as well as incorporating different utensils to mix and stir (dried cupboard foods are great for tipping and pouring as well as eating…)
Exploring technology – Remotes without batteries, old cameras, mobile phones etc. are fabulous for this.
Creating an indoor obstacle course using chairs, different sized cushions for children to crawl underneath, on and off. This is great fun.
Block play – The children currently love stacking and creating towers. You could even use plastic cups, old cd’s, small boxes or empty kitchen roll tubes for children to build and stack with.
Playing ‘peek a boo’ – This is a lovely way to bond with your little one, especially during nappy changes or when building indoor dens!
2 TO 3 YEARS
Dressing up! Allow your little one to explore your shoes, hats, scarves, big bangles etc. (They really do come up with some fantastic outfits – We would really love it if you could share these!)
Practicing independence during meal times. You could support your little one with this by setting up a tipping and pouring activity with water, fruit tea bags and a range of cups – This is fantastic for developing hand eye-coordination and those little muscles to get them ready for writing.
Threading – Cut out some paper shapes with holes and provide string.
Exploring ‘Gloop’ – Simply mix cornflour and water and let your little one explore!
Football & ball games in the garden
Creating roads and ramps using books, small pieces of wood or paper for toy cars to travel along. You can even add blocks to create a town or city.
Go on a ‘Bear Hunt!’
3 TO 4 YEARS (PRE-SCHOOL)
Junk modelling sea creatures! All you need is a range of recycling, paper, pens, glue and collage materials.
Big scale paintings or drawings – This is fantastic for developing those
gross motor skills!
Discussing with your little one what lives in the sea and their favourite sea animal
Creating their own play dough independently – All you need is plain flour, water and salt! (They can add essence, colours and different textures too such as oats, glitter, etc.)
Go on a number and letter hunt in your home – encouraging your little one to have a go at writing them, themselves, can then extend.
Creating a range of structures using lego/other construction materials – Could they make a sea creature using blocks or junk modelling
Explore colours and create colours by mixing paint!
We would love to see any of the activities you get up too and would love to hear your favourites – You can upload observations to your little ones online account through Parent Zone.
Have a super time getting messy, being creative and exploring!
The Muddy Boots Family x