Make a Fort
Fort construction is simple, easy, free and fun; and you can use pretty much anything at your disposal in the process. Bedding, couch cushions, tents, pillows, scarves… anything you can drape or pile has fort potential.
One excellent trick is to form a sturdy foundation from a clothes airing rack or a wendy house frame and get as elaborate as you like! Furnishing the inside with a portable DVD player or a good book will ensure happy kids and an added room in the house. Wins all around!
Try out some simple recipes for maximum fun with (relatively) minimal mess. The internet is full of kiddie-friendly food ideas. For example 2 eggs + 1 cup of chocolate spread + 10 tablespoons of flour, mixed, spooned into cases and baked, leaves you with quick and easy cupcake brownies. Also try seasonal favorites such as hot chocolate with marshmallows, Rice Krispie bites, brigadeiros and rocky roads.
Break out that dressing up box, or even just your little one’s wardrobe and a few extraneous bits and pieces of fabric, and get them to exercise their creative side by playing dress-up. With the addition of a tray of face paint you can help them bring a range of different identities to life, from beautiful rainbow to fearsome wildcat.
Chalk is brilliant for drawing with because it can be wiped away from any surface. It also forms an excellent low budget alternative to videogames and television by creating hopscotch and spelling practice opportunities in any given setting.
Try outside on concrete or paving stones or in the house on a dark carpet for a rainy day. You can also buy blackboard paint and coat a surface in the house which can be used to practice words, spellings and letters in lots of different colours –great for keeping your kids up to scratch in the school holidays. In the same way that teachers motivate pupils you can engage their interests with bright colours and varied learning techniques. Matching words with pictures is always a good way to help them learn.
Fun with Water
Keep bath times a source of fun rather than a nightly chore with coloured bubbles and foam letters for spelling practice on bathroom tiles. It’s a nice way to teach kids about rain cycles and weather patterns where you have easy access to tactile demonstrations that they can get involved with.
On sunny days create a water activity play set outside, or water balloon target practice with a chalk dartboard so they can practice hand-eye co-ordination.
If you have any ideas for creative autumnal activities for you and your child to enjoy, let us know below!
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