Making Hand and Foot print memories

Have a go at making memories with hand and foot print plaster of paris.

Easy to do and fun to decorate.

Instructions here




Small World Imaginary Play Tray

These play trays will keep children occupied for hours, at little or no cost. Supporting their knowledge of the world and the environment we live in. Enrich their vocabulary and help develop their imagination skills.



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Instructions here.  Enjoy!!


Painting with Natural Materials

Fun, free activities for all ages!

On your walk collect natural items and take them home to paint with!



Instructions here

and photo suggestions

Enjoy!!


Making Stress Balloons



Emotion Stress Balloons is a fun activity, that can be used to teach emotions and relieve stress. - here
All you need is balloons, a funnel, cooking oil, salt, flour, rice, water, sugar or sand.
Inflate the balloon, to stetch it and then deflate it.
Use the funnel to fill the balloon with one of your chosen ingredients.
Knot the filled balloon and draw an emotional face.
Talk to your children about emotions, what makes then feel that way and how can they be made to feel happy?
Use these filled balloons can be used to help de-stress, regulate anger or frustration, also prevent emotions escalating.


Den building with your children



Go outdoors and get creative with your children by making a den in the woods. This video explains the benefits of this and shows some examples. Instructions here

Our children's mental health is really important right now. Let’s support this by getting outdoors and embracing the cold (and damp!) to make a den in the woods with your children! 


Making a home-made Bird Seed feeder



Here's a short video showing you how to make a cheap and easy bird feeder with pine cones.

And here's the sheet to spot birds coming to your feeder!


Making a Pom-Pom Garland

Here's a short video to show how to make a Pom-Pom Garland.  You can make it themed or just to brighten up any space. Best for slightly older children and keep out of reach of young children and animals.  Just need a few items and have a go!

Here's a guide to help you - here 


Making Home-made Play Dough

Great fun making and playing with home-made Play Dough. Fab bright colours from using food colouring or paint! Add essential oils or food flavouring to make it sensory.  Use cutters to make shapes or mould into funny animals! Easy and cheap to make and lasts for weeks

Instructions on how to make the Play Dough here


Collecting and Painting Seashells

Here is a short video about collecting and painting sea shells, its great to get outdoors with the children and get some sea air! If you don't have a beach near by this can also be done by collecting stones or pebbles.  Easy, cheap and fun activity for all ages. More instructions here






Kinetic Sand

Kinetic sand is really good fun, watch our video where one of our Family Link Workers demonstrates how to use it and find more information here


Pizza Activity

This activity was organised by a Family Link Worker to support positive activities in the home, building a relationship between a mother and son.  Due to mum's disabilities, she is finding it difficult to engage with her son, with a breakdown in their relationship boundaries and routines were difficult for mum to enforce.  The Family Link Worker is supporting the family with positive activities to promote positive parenting.

The pizza activity is a quick and healthy way to engage the whole family - 1-99 years of age!  You can use pre-made pizza bases or make your own (easy recipe - equal amounts of flour to natural yoghurt i.e. 500 ml natural yoghurt + 500 g plain flour, add a teaspoon of baking powder - mix / knead / roll out!)  Add tomato sauce to base and a variety of toppings of your choice!  You can even make faces and see who can make the funniest one!

This is great fun for all the family and at a fraction of the price of shop bought ones 


Leaf Printing and Painting

A fun activity for all ages to do which involves finding natural items on a walk or in your garden, and using them to paint and print with



Instructions and completed examples here


Picking Up Leaves

A fun activity for young children 3- 11 years finding the leaves that have fallen.  Excellent for Autumn activities outside.

Just use the Leaf Identification Chart here and get outside to find the leaves.

Encourages speech and language skills, outside living, fine motor skills, communication

Completed example here


Stories to share

This story is one of our favourites and we highly recommend it to share with your child, particularly when they are feeling worried about things - The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside with illustrations by Frank Rodgers - we hope you enjoy it too

This is the story of Angry Arthur by Hiawyn Oram and Satoshi Kitamura - we use stories with some of the younger children we work with to help them talk about their feelings and emotions - this one can really help start a conversation about temper and anger and we would recommend - hope you enjoy sharing it too 


Mini Beast Hunt

A fun activity for families with young children to do in the garden, park or window box.



Printable Mini Beast Chart here

Mini Beasts to look out for include:

Butterfly; Bee; Dragonfly; Caterpillar; Grasshopper; Ladybird; Snail; Spider; Building a Wormery; Building an Ant Nest


Attachment between children and their parents - suggested read

Here is short video about a great book to use if you feel you need some support around how to deal with certain behaviours in your child. It's written specifically for parents and is a very informative and easy read.




Waving Bird Fun Activity



Printable Instructions

Examples:


Scavenger Hunt for Families



Scavenger Hunt Checklist

Family Tree Activity




- Printable Overview - Photo Example


Gifts Activity




- Printable Overview - Photo Example


Starburst Game




- Printable Overview - Photo Example


Treasure Map Activity




- Printable Overview - Photo Example


When You Were My Age Activity




- Printable Overview - Photo 1 - Photo 2 - Photo 3 - Photo 4


Compliments Activity


Printable Overview here

Photo Example


Calm Box 

Printable Overview and photo


Rewards

Printable Overview - Ideas For Grab Bags


Routines

Printable Overview - Routines Links


Fun Creative Activity

Make your own greeting cards or pictures - painting fun! Ours is Easter themed but the only limit is your imagination!


Anger Management for your Children

Our Family Link Worker suggests resources they use to help children understand and manage their anger

Printable Overview  Photo Example 


Rainbow Rice Activity for Young Children

Our Family Link Worker suggests an easy rainy day activity for young children with Rainbow Rice

Printable Overview