Writing these blogs for the past two weeks has been the most fun I have had for a long time – because, naturally, I have had to test and try many of the activities. My kids have enjoyed it even more than me, I think. Our very last blog for World Play Day – very sad! But never mind, before we get to the official end, here are our last few activities to make and try…
So, it’s Monday and also the second last blog post of this series for World Play Day. To cure some of the sadness, I have decided to go out with a bang and dedicate the next two days to the Mad Scientist in us all.
Friday is finally here and I, for one, am very grateful. As it is Friday, our blog is again dedicated to the dad’s out there, with two activities for dads and their kids to make together over the weekend. Our night light is not only an energy...
Continuing with the theme of mess and paint and getting to really experience all the feels of art products, this post is all about sensory fun. Children love to experience the world with all of their senses and this is an important part of growing and learning. The activities here incorporate not only touch and feel, but also smell, taste, hearing and seeing. And again we have included a no mess option, but I would encourage you to really try and let your child experience all of these activities – especially gloop – you haven’t lived until you have played with gloop – that’s a promise.
Today's blog is all about getting creative and bringing colour into our lives. And how better to do that than, wait for it, ...PAINT. And now I can hear all the parents out there groan collectively in horror, "Not paint, it's soooooo messy!" But don't worry, I have a number of activities for today, and they vary in degrees of messiness, so there will definitely be something to suit everyone, I promise. This blog has also been inspired, in part, by a conversation that I was part of the other day at my son's pre-school, where a mom was saying how wonderful the new apps on her i-pad are. She was explaining how her son builds puzzles, colours in pictures and draws, all using the i-pad. Now don't get me wrong, I love technology and think that all these gadgets are awesome; but a part of me wonders how much fun our kids will have one day, when they no longer get their hands dirty and feel the cold squishiness of finger paints; or how pastel crayons feel completely different to wax crayons and pencil crayons; when they no longer feel the flakiness of dried paint on a canvass, or the puffiness of puff-paint, and when they can no longer feel that satisfying click of one puzzle piece locking into place with another. It is a sad thought, and while we should encourage our children to get used to gadgets and technology, I feel strongly that we should also create as many opportunities as possible for them to explore the pure sensory joy of art and play.
Okay guys, Monday is behind us and it is on to better and brighter things :) We are calling today 'Maker Day" and as the title says, it is all about making. After all of the sensory play activities, I thought a post involving calming activities would be in order. Remember that playing for children can take many guises, it can mean physical activity, arts and crafts, sensory play, imitative play, board games, organised play, sports, etc. Play is all about making sense of the world, learning and practicing new skills, and having fun, so children can help make the following objects, (which will help boost their feelings of self esteem), as well as play with the objects (fun). Having mom and dad involved in making and playing with the objects is an extra bonus.
And into a new week we go. Seeing as Mondays are not everyone's cup of tea, and usually a rushed affair or, if you are lucky, more one of slowly easing into the week, we have a nice easy sensory activity for all the parents out there. We are heading into winter here in the southern hemisphere, and beach visits are going to get fewer and fewer. If your children love playing with sand, don’t despair, as we have something for you.
At Uviwe we believe that a dad should be involved in his child's life from day one - so seeing that it is weekend, and daddy will be home, I have decided to post an activity that will require a little more time, and daddy's involvement. The beauty of this project is that you can make it as big or as small as you want, you can make it elaborate and a permanent feature, or disposable and quick, and you can make it with the materials and fixtures around you, or actually go out and buy materials for this. Like all play activities, your imagination is your biggest resource.