A roll of wallpaper – either a leftover from decorating at home, or bought cheaply from the DIY store roll-ends bin, provides a great canvass for your child’s artwork. The scale of the wallpaper roll lends itself very well to drawing a landscape, such as a beach picture. Or create a street which you can drive toy cars a long. Another fun idea is to have your child lie down on the wall paper and then draw round them to get a child-size outline. You can then colour them in – copying what they are actually wearing or making up a fantstic imaginary outfit.
A quick and simple way to enhance a plain brick wall in your garden is to create a chalk target to throw balls at. Your child can have fun trying to hit the bull’s eye and develop their hand / eye co-ordination. Playing against someone else encourages turn-taking, and they can learn numbers and simple adding up if they keep score. And of course, the target is easy to remove when the game is finished.
The falling autumn leaves provide a wonderful sensory material for children to explore. You can’t beat jumping through a pile of dry leaves! You can also gather some leaves and use them to make collage trees, giving young children a fun opportunity to work with sticky tape and glue.
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Our toddler activities focus on hands-on, creative play. We very slowly and gently begin to introduce imaginary play, counting and mark-making, but all with a focus on exploring and having fun.
Our Zero to Two ebook is perfect for toddlers. It’s packed full of fun sensory play ideas and includes a free set of puppets and some lovely stroller cards you can personalise for your own family. Take a look at it here.
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100 language and literacy activities – take a look at the mark making, story telling and puppet sections
100 hands-on math games – take a look at the counting and ordering numbers, and shapes sections
Our baby play activities focus on stimulating, sensory play using simple materials that are safe for your baby to explore.
Our Zero to Two ebook is perfect for babies. It’s packed full of fun sensory play ideas and includes a free set of puppets and some lovely stroller cards you can personalise for your own family. Take a look at it here.
More baby play activities
Here are our top ten baby play activities.
At NurtureStore we keep the hands-on, creative learning approach going even with older children. Why stop using a whole-brain, multi-sensory approach when it is so much fun and such a successful way to learn?
More activities for older children
You will find a huge archive of ideas on these links – all indexed into topic, season and theme to make it easy for you to find what you are looking for.
100 hands-on, creative math activities – including times tables and graphing sections