GIVE ME A SOUND

Ask your wee one for a sound, then copy their noise and turn it into a funny voice. The voice can be used for a character during imaginative play, or to bring a new dimension to well loved stories – maybe Rapunzel can be narrated by a cat!

TO BE CONTINUED…

This is great for helping wee ones understand story structure, using three phrases: beginning, middle and end!

BETWEEN THE LINES

Explore what your favourite story book doesn’t tell you! Wonder aloud what a character might sound like, or move like, or where they might sleep. How do they dance? Get those imaginations going!

5 WAYS WITH… DRAMATIC TENSION

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

YES! AND…

This is a really simple drama game that gets you both out of the habit of saying “no” all the time. Try making a “Yes, and!” story together: whatever the other person suggests, no matter how silly, you say “YES” then add your own idea.

ADVENTURE WALKS

Go outside… on a mission! Is there someone who needs help? Or something you need to find? It can sparked by “clues” in your surroundings, based off of their favourite toys/stories, or whatever randomly pops into someone’s head.

MINI WORLDS

With a little imagination, cracks in pavements, plants or rocks become their own miniature worlds. Slow down, find an interesting spot, then ask some “I wonder…” questions: I wonder who could live there? I wonder what they need?

SLEEPY BODIES

Take a big deep breath, slowly breathe out, then say “Oh! My arm’s gone to sleep!” Completely relax one arm – you or your wee one can flop it about and it just falls back, completely relaxed. Gentle pats can wake it up again.

FINDING FACES

With a little imagination a mark on a tree can turn into an eye, nose or mouth! Next time you
see a ‘face’ when out and about, show your wee one – you’ll soon be chatting about the happy
tree, the shocked house or the grumpy drain.

TEDDY TALK

Teddy wants to brush her teeth! Teddy is running upstairs to get dressed! I think Teddy might be
sad too – do you think he’d like a cuddle? Soft toys can be a great way to make stressful situations fun, or talk about feelings.