Take some plastic tubs, food colouring or paint, and a selection of different things to ‘hide’:
ribbons, small plastic toys, leaves and flowers – anything that can be frozen in the coloured water and ‘found’ again as the chunks of ice melt.
Children love gathering and mixing all kinds of store cupboard ingredients to make potions. Once their potion is complete, add washing up liquid and paint or food colouring, use a straw to bubble up lots of bubbles, then lay some paper over the top to let the bubbles make a magic potion picture.
Sit down with your baby or wee one in front of a mirror so they can see the reflection of their face and yours. Try pulling some funny faces or sing “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” as you touch the different parts of their body.
Does your wee one get more pen on themselves than the page? Today that’s OK! An hour before bathtime, grab washable felt tips, face paint or
anything safe for skin, and start drawing patterns on your arms, legs, anywhere you can reach.
Wee ones don’t always sit still with a book but we can still share stories! Choose a story you know well, gather objects in a bag or box (like teddies and bowls for Goldilocks). Reveal the
objects one by one as you ‘act out’ the story.
Den-making is a fantastic form of imaginative play. A den can, after all, be anything! After you build your den, secretly add objects with a variety of textures, weights and shapes for your
wee one to discover…Who left them there?!