Sensory play activities challenge toddlers and preschoolers and provide them with experiences that are often outside of their everyday activities. Sensory play is lots of fun and helps young kids to develop their understanding of the senses of touch, taste, smell and sound in a safe, stimulating play environment. It also helps them to widen their vocabulary, to develop coping mechanisms and to learn by feeling.
Finding fun activities to keep your toddler busy isnt always easy! Toddlers have a short attention span and are always on the go, so we have put together some tried and tested ideas. Things they will love to do and dont need a lot of preparation or cleaning up afterwards.
No time to go to the beach? This sand and water sensory play activity is easy to set up at home and provides hours of imaginative play for young kids. Whether its shaping the sand into castles or splashing in the water, it offers endless opportunities for fun and learning as your kids explore these different natural textures
As the weather gets cooler, now is a great time to get into arts and crafts with your kids. Its not just fun, theyre learning too. Whether you enjoy getting messy and trying new things with your kids or have never explored art activities at home before, there will be something here for you.
Kids traditional birthday party games are still so much fun! Everything from Pass the Parcel to Musical Chairs, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Stuck in the Mud and everything in between. Check out our list of fun party games and how to play them. Theyll keep the kids amused for hours!
Treasure hunts (or scavenger hunts) are lots of fun for kids of all ages! Perfect to play at birthday parties or when they have friends over for a play date. Looking for hidden treasure will get them thinking and its something that can be played indoors or outside. Check out our different treasure hunt ideas and keep the kids entertained.
Here are some fun indoor activities that you can do with your under twos to encourage learning through play. As a parent or in home childcare provider, let your inhibitions go, be silly, forget the mess and join in with play wholeheartedly!
Looking for fun rainy day activities for toddlers or preschoolers? Things you can do indoors when it's raining outside? Have a go at doing some of these ideas. Being stuck inside with young children on cold wet days is hard on both children and parents. Here are some fun, cheap and educational things that you can do that use everyday materials you have around the house.
As adults we often think about what would be on our bucket list or list of things to do and to try before we grow too old, but what about a bucket list for preschoolers too? Here are some fun ideas for your little ones bucket list; things for them to do before they reach 5 years old.
Sometimes it seems were just so busy! Busy shopping, busy working, busy cleaning the house, busy taking pre-schoolers to daycare and lessons. Have we gotten too busy to have a little fun? An early childhood teacher shares ways to help you put some fun into family life.
Hunting and foraging is a great fun autumn activity. The kids will love being outside and collecting all sorts of treasures. It also helps teach them about seasonal changes and to enjoy the different types of nature that surrounds them.
Just because its cold and wet outside, doesnt mean kids cant have fun during winter. Here are 15 fun winter activities that will keep your toddler and preschooler entertained during the colder months.
Learning to ride a bike is quite a milestone in a childs life. When you start to teach them is up to you, with some kids starting to learn as early as 3 years old. Generally though its usually around their 4th or 5th birthday or sometimes even later. Follow these easy steps to help them on their way.
Our buying guide to kids scooters has some useful information on what to look for when you're out shopping for your toddler's first scooter, along with some important scooter safety tips for toddlers too.
Check out these kids winter activity ideas and keep your baby, toddler or preschooler entertained and busy inside when the weather turns cold and wet. Fun things you can do together during those dreary winter months. The activities have been separated into approximate age groups, but some activities are great for all ages to try.
Easter just isnt Easter without an Easter egg hunt! Whilst Easter egg hunts are lots of fun for kids of all ages, you may need to scale it down a bit when it comes to toddlers and preschoolers so that they enjoy it just as much as the older kids. Check out these 6 tips for organising a fun Easter egg hunt.
A sensory board or busy board is a fun, hands-on activity for babies and toddlers to help them touch, explore and learn about different objects all in one place. They have lots of developmental benefits too and are really easy to make at home with things you have to hand.
Heuristic play is about playing with real-life, everyday objects and providing kids with an opportunity for open-ended discovery. When children are involved in heuristic play, they are using familiar objects in different ways. It is the process of exploring the different ways to use the objects that is important in the play.
Exploring science and nature can be so much fun for little ones. When children are engaged in learning about science and nature, they are also learning strategies for active exploration, thinking and reasoning and develop working theories for making sense of the natural, social, physical and material worlds.