Experiment! Nothing improves a child’s knowledge and understanding of the world more than actively engaging with their environment and observing the results. Here are a few fun-filled ideas:
• Rub a ruler in against your hair to create static electricity and show your child how they can pick up small pieces of paper with it.
• Put water and oil in a glass and let your child try to mix the two.
• Add small drops of food colouring to a bowl of milk and let your little one watch it slowly mix and make colourful patterns.
• Experiment with toys that float and sink in the bath.
Don’t worry too much about explaining the experiments. Instead let the magic of this special playtime tickle their interest in science and the world at large. If they are adamant about a clearer explanation, find the answer together. Remember to always supervise your child’s experiments and clearly explain why it is not safe and out of bounds for them to use certain items and chemicals on their own!
Write and send some postcards or letters to friends and family near and far. Encourage your little one to draw a picture or write their name on these. Use a map to show your child where your notes are going and chat about the modes of transport that could be used to deliver mail all over the world. This activity will develop their literacy skills, but will also help them learn about the world and how we interact with others. Of course the excitement of receiving a letter back is a wonderful bonus!
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