Print in the sand with your baby while at the beach or in your sand pit
Ensure there are no sharp shells or stones where you are playing and support your baby in washing their hands thoroughly after playing in the sand
What to do
Take a few playdough or biscuit cutters with you to the beach or outside in your sand pit. Show your baby how they can use the cutters to make shapes in the sand! Talk to your baby about the cutters they are using
Ask your baby to select a particular cutter, for example "Where is the star?"
This activity focuses on fine motor development by improving the muscles in the hands, strengthening hand grip and developing wrist movement
Ice cream playdough
Make some sensory playdough and play ice cream shops with your toddler!
Consider any allergies your child may have before starting this experience. This playdough recipe also works with gluten free flour
What to do
Mix together 250g plain flour, 50g salt, 140ml warm water and 1-2 tbsp oil in a bowl. Split the mixture in three bowls. To one bowl add green food colouring and peppermint essence, to another add red food colouring and strawberry flavouring and to the last one mix in some cocoa powder. Knead the mixture in each bowl for about 5 minutes until it forms a smooth dough
You are then ready to play ice cream shops with your toddler! Invite your child to prepare bowls of ice cream dough for their customers, encouraging them to count out how many scoops of each flavour the customer would like to buy!
Exploring this sensory dough helps your child learn through their senses and make connections. Counting out the dough supports their early counting skills
Find a stone that is ...
Develop your child's observation skills while on a trip to the beach!
Be mindful that some stones or shells may have sharp edges. Always wash your hands thoroughly after handling items on the beach
What to do
When at the beach, set your child a challenge for finding different types of stones for example..
Find me a stone that is...
Rough, smooth, rough on one side and smooth on the other, smaller than your thumb, bigger than your nose
Hearing, understanding and using descriptive words helps your child develop more meaning references for the word, which in turn makes their understanding more solid. Being able to classify objects by concepts like size, shape and colour creates a solid foundation for children to add new information to existing understanding so learning becomes easier
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