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.

SOUND HUNTERS

Make a sound (woof like a dog, rumble like a washing machine) and ask your wee one to find
or point to the object that makes the same sound. Start with sounds in the same room, then expand to sounds from around the home or even outside.

DANCING CHEEK TO CHEEK

Next time you’re having a kitchen disco, say”Dancing cheek to cheek!” then dance with yourcheek against theirs as you count to 8. Vary theshapes and moves you make by naming differentbody parts – “dancing knee to shoulder” anyone?

SAME, BUT DIFFERENT

Wee ones often love handing objects to adults – it’s a great way of communicating what they’re interested in. Name the object and try to match it to something the same colour, shape or texture. “That’s blue teddy – what else is blue?”

SING WHAT YOU SAY

Has everyone stopped listening? Start singing! Singing what you need to say is a great way to help wee ones listen, whether its their name, to tell them dinner is ready, or to show how you feel.

ORCHESTRA OF SOUNDS

Choose four objects and pretend they are buttons – when you touch or point at them, you make a different sound. Maybe teddy says “BING!” and a fork says “WHEE!” – just make sure you match the same noise to the same object each time.

FUNNY FACE REMOTE

Draw a simple remote control with different emoji type faces (or put stickers on an old remote) and pretend it controls your face – when
you press ‘happy’ you smile, and so on…