Family Fun in a Tinmmskadm2020-03-22T19:06:03+00:00
Family Isolation Activities
‘Family Fun In A Tin’
I have been busy putting together some fabulous, easy activities for families to try at home to promote learning and support all areas of development.
Below is a list of activities to promote family engagement and well being.. so much learning will emerge as you play these games and shared physical experiences (pro-social behaviour) release dopamine and serotonin. Enjoy!
Print off the sheet and cut out each activity, fold them in half and place them in a special tin.
Every day choose 3 or 4 fun activities as a family.
Watch the videos here or on YouTube to find out more!
Further resources on each of the activities is available below.
Welcome – an introduction to the concept
Activities covered in this video:
Sorting socks – Great for mathematical concepts.
Make a shaker – Find a bottle or tub and fill with rice or dried beans to make a musical instrument.
Hide and Seek – Great for social bonding and fun to play in the garden.
Part 2 – Family isolation activities
Part 3 – Family isolation activities
Egg and Spoon
Part 4 – Family isolation activities
Gym Time Sock
Catch the Bubbles
Part 5 – Family isolation activities
Part 6 – Family isolation activities
Hot and Cold
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Part 8 – Family isolation activities
Part 9 – Family isolation activities
Part 10 – Family isolation activities
Blow the Ball
Indoor Den Building
Part 11 – Family isolation activities
Floor is Lava
Can you find?
Part 12 – Family isolation activities
Part 13 – Family isolation activities
Part 14 – Family isolation activities
Part 15 – Family isolation activities
Pots and Pans
Further Resources on Activities
Further resources that may help to assist you with the activitives mentioned in the videos are listed below:
Choose a leader and play the game, watch the video to find out how to play. Introduce some tricky age-appropriate skills; balance on one leg….jump up and down 10 times etc. Skills: Listening, attention, body mapping, leadership, interaction, co-ordination, prosocial behaviour, communication, language.
Make a fortune teller, use the video below to show you how. On the descriptions add some physical skills; balance a book on your head and walk, do 2 press ups etc. Skills: Dexterity, counting, creativity, physical skills, language skills.
Some children love a structured routine. Make one or two times a week ‘games night/afternoon/morning’ …many skills are learnt when playing board games..language, maths, counting, turn-taking, prediction, vocabulary.
Try and do this activity every day as a family, perhaps before mealtimes. Use the choreography on my video to inspire you to create your own.
Skills: Physical Skills, co-ordination, control, musicality, balance, rhythm, shared experiences.
Using masking tape or chalk mark out simple shapes on the floor and encourage the children to walk along them. Try making algae grid and play human PacMan! This simple activity will help to make maths tangible for children
Select some funky tunes and create a disco, sensory light dance to the music using torches. Ensure the space is suitable for movement
Skills: expressive arts, creativity, stamina, physical skills, self-efficacy, language, rhythm, musicality.
Ensure you have a suitable space for these activities. Try some of the activities on the video, only try the ones you feel comfortable doing at first.
Skills: Body mapping, body Management, control, coordination, balance, listening, attention., flexibility, wellness.
Choose an evening to create a dinner party with your family, candles, napkins, cutlery, best crockery. You may even wish to dress up in your finery! Play some background classical music to add to the ambience.
Skills: Personal and health care, school readiness, dexterity, self-efficacy.
Make one or two evenings in the week a Disco evening…create a playlist of everyone’s favourite songs (use radio edits where necessary)…no rules just dance…add equipment. Learn a routine together as a family. Skills: physical skills, musicality, rhythm, co-ordiantion, creativity, balance, control, release of endorphins.
If you have access to an outdoor space, create a den using twigs, branches, cloths etc.. you may wish to have a picnic there too.
Skills: Problem Solving, outdoor play, creativity, language, adaptability, coordination, physical skills.
Try singing some songs together, you may wish to introduce a round, one person sings Londons Burning, on the ‘fetch the engine’ the next person starts… it often ends with a giggle!
Skills: shared experience/pro-social behaviour, language, vocabulary, communication, rhythm, musicality.
One person covers their eyes and counts to 20, the others hide… the seeker then goes on the hunt for the missing people… the first person to be found becomes the seeker next time.
Skills: Spatial awareness, vestibular and proprioceptive sense, shared experiences, being still, taking turns, anticipation.
If you have some instruments around the home, use them otherwise make/create your own, see the video for inspiration. Start with copying each other, repeat your child’s sounds, then introduce a rhythm or singing.
Skills: Musicality, rhythm, language, dexterity, listening skills, problem-solving, mathematical concepts.
Use a basket or mark a circle on the floor… using a timer, (egg timer/phone) challenge the other members of the family to find as many items in 1 minute as possible; yellow objects, something which smells, something with stripes. something which begins with S etc
Using ping pong balls (you may also use straws), set a course to encourage the family to blow the balls through the course, or through each other’s legs, under a chair, around a chair etc.
Skills: Deep breathing, upper body control, competition, physical skills, endurance, stamina, language.
Fill shoeboxes with sensory items, for children to touch and feel (without seeing) to guess what’s inside. Vary the items, including the sense of smell
Skills: Sensory skills, spatial reasoning, memory, language, vocabulary, dexterity.
This is a wonderful activity and should be shared as often as possible. Take time to look over old photographs, school books, memorabilia and reflect on the past and special times, you have shared together.
If you have indoor plants, ask your children to help you water them. Keep the seeds from any fruit and plant them in a tub, with some soil, once they start to sprout remove the lid and watch them grow; apples, oranges, tomatoes, avocado, pineapple. etc. If potatoes are starting to sprout, plant them in some soil 15 cm deep and wait…
Skills: Dexterity, language, vocabulary, knowledge of the world, curiosity. problem solving.
Using resources from around the home, create a den; sheets, pegs, blankets, etc… take a torch inside and make it a reading den.
Skills: dexterity, problem-solving, creativity, physical skills, communication, language, reading, listening, spatial awareness.
Household chores are always pretty dull, but when done together can become a tool for learning. Ensure toxics and chemicals are out of reach. Encourage children to fold washing, polish, dust, vacuum, sort items..using music will help lift the mood.
Skills: School readiness, self-aware, mathematical concepts, physical skills, health and wellbeing.
Using odd socks, tape, buttons, pens and glue make a sock puppet, give them a name and perform a play with your puppets
Skills: creativity, expression, dexterity, mathematical concepts, determination, engagement, language, vocabulary.
Use items from around the home; cutlery, old key’s, shells, etc, attach them to a coat hanger and let the wind do the rest!
Skills: Creativity, dexterity, engagement, language, vocabulary, manipulative skills.
using a piece of paper/magazine etc, everyone must scrunch it up into a ball, only using your hand, no shaking or using the rest of your body, then repeat with the other hand.
Skills: writing skills, dexterity, manipulative skills, language, fine motor movement.
Using recyclable items from around the home, create and build fabulous constructions together. How tall can it be? It looks like a..? Can we change it by adding..? Use questions to help children explore their creativity.
Skills: Creativity, dexterity, wellness, co-ordination, working together