AIR DRAWING

This idea really helps you look at shapes in the world around you and turn them into movements and pictures. Use your finger in the air to trace a line around the furniture, or a tree, explaining as you go: “That’s the top, now down the side” etc.

BLANKET SLIDES

Lay your wee one on a blanket or towel on a smooth floor and slide them gently across the floor. Chat to them as you move – maybe they’re taking a ride on Santa’s sleigh, or sliding across a frozen pond?

SNOW DANCING

If your wee one needs to wind-down but isn’t in the mood to sit still, find some slow Christmassy music online, switch off the big light and slow dance in the dim light from the Christmas tree.

WRAP IT UP!

Christmas usually means a lot of cards, crackers, wrapping paper that often go in the bin! Try ripping them up to create something new.

BREAK THE ICE

If you think it’ll be cold overnight, together fill a bucket or tray of water and leave it outside. In the morning when you’re both up, you can check in on it together.

BIRD SEED CIRCLES

Get outside: into the garden, the park, anywhere with hungry birds! Start by exploring circles with your bodies – making circles in the air with your finger, your elbow, your toes, your bottom, even spin in circles! Then get out a tub of bird seed.

5 WAYS WITH… WATER

5 ways with… is a series that gives you a whole week of ideas with one resource! This time we’re focusing on water.

5 WAYS WITH… CHALK

5 ways with… is a series that gives you a whole week of ideas with one resource! This time we’re focusing on chalk.

ACTION PAINTING

Combine visual art with moving your whole body! Rolls of paper taped together, tarpaulins or old bedsheets can make a large “canvas” – then throw, blow, clap or sprinkle powder paint (or coloured cornflour) as you dance, twirl, jump etc.

LIGHT PAINTING

Remember writing your name in the air with a sparkler? Same idea! Download a light painting app for your phone (or set a digital SLR camera to have a long exposure) then play around with torches, glow sticks – whatever you have.