MANDALA PATTERNS

A mandala (“circle” in Sanskirt) is a circular pattern dating back as far as 400BC, used in religions including Buddhism and Hinduism. You can use natural materials, small objects or toys. Place one item in the centre, then radiate layers outwards to build concentric circles.

BUNNY’S EYE VIEW

When wee ones use cameras, we get to see their perspective of the world and they can show us details and views we might normally miss!

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.

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… 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… 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.

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?