Fun Day Monday

Today’s activity is a messy one but it’s simple to set up and it kept the children in my childminding service occupied for ages!

For this activity you will need the following:

  • Shaving foam
  • Assorted toys (we used some cars and various Christmas shaped cookie cutters)
  • Apron
  • A table

and all you need to do is:

  • Put the apron on your little one
  • Squirt lots of shaving foam all over the table
  • Place the toys in the foam
  • Let your little one get stuck in…. we pretended it was snow and had lots of fun

Remember to rinse your little one’s hands well afterwards.

Have fun!

Fun Day Monday

Autumn is well and truly upon us and we have been doing allsorts of fun Autumn themed activities in my childminding service.

We have been collecting leaves, doing leaf rubbing art, painting  trees, making leaf shaped sun catchers to name but a few activities!

Why don’t you have a go at painting your own trees too:

You will simply need the following:

  • Brown paper
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Mixed colours of paint (we used red, yellow, green and bronze)
  • Cotton buds
  • Apron

and you do the following:

  • Firstly cut out a trunk with branches from the brown paper and give it to your little one to stick in place on the paper
  • Put the apron on your little one as they’re about to get messy with paint!
  • Let your little one paint different coloured dots all around the trunk and branches using the cotton buds – explain to your little one that they are painting the leaves. You can use this as an opportunity to talk about the colours of leaves at Autumn time and how the trees change

Another activity that we did was put together an Autumn sensory tray for the children to explore. In our tray we put the following:

  • Different shaped and sized leaves
  • Conkers
  • Pine cones
  • Pieces of bark
  • Sycamore leaves
  • Acorns

We had a great time feeling all the different things and trying to find words to describe them. We also did a bit of maths and put the leaves in order of size.

So far, Autumn has been a really fun season!!

Sensory Eggs

Did you do an Easter Egg hunt for your little one? Do you have the plastic eggs left over? Don’t put them away just yet…. here’s a fun sensory activity that you can do with them first.

To create this activity simply fill the eggs with a number of different objects such as the ones pictured below:

When I did this activity with the children that I mind, I used some bubble wrap, a small wooden ball, a picture of a daffodil, a yellow pom pom, a red feather and some green ribbon. (Always supervise the children when handling small objects)

Once the eggs were filled, I placed them in a basket with some shredded paper and then let the children pick the eggs out. They had great fun shaking them and opening them and then playing with the various contents. Each object was different to the others and gave us the opportunity to talk about what colour they were and what they felt like. The feather and the ball were the most popular!








Once all the eggs have been found you can always try a quick egg and spoon race too…….

If you think of any other activities to do with your left over eggs I’d love to hear from you at: