Simple play ideas that are great for learning
Play gives young children a way to practice what they are learning and is important for their development. But you don’t need expensive toys or structured activities to help this along – your child’s best play companion is you. Try some of these simple ideas to inspire creativity and curiosity in your child.
- Make cubbies with sheets, blankets , pillows and pegs. Fill them up with books and snuggle up together.
- Act out your favourite book with characters made from toilet rolls, paddle pop sticks, or old socks.
- Make an obstacle course out of pillows and cushions, chairs and a broom handle or other bits and pieces from around the house and yard.
- Thread uncooked spaghetti, toothpicks, ribbons or pipe cleaners into an upturned colander.
- Create a city with flattened cardboard box – draw roads, rivers and rails and use what you have to create road signs and houses.
- Fill a plastic storage container with battery operated LED lights and make you own light table.
- Fill a plastic storage container with water, pouring containers and some plastic animals – in hot weather add some ice for added fun!