We have compiled our list of days out you could enjoy in January, but wanted to share some amazing ideas for those days when you would rather stay home! Don’t forget to send over pictures of the activities in full swing that we can share with key persons and talk about during circle times.
- Bake some warming treats
You might be longing for the delicious Christmas Day roast or day dreaming about all the sweet treats that December had. Why not try making something delicious together as a family. Do you have a favourite recipe already in mind? Or would you like some inspiration?
- Pancakes for breakfast at the weekend
- No heat recipes are also lots of fun with little ones such as cornflake nests or fruit animals
- Ellas Kitchen has great recipe ideas which are designed to be created with your little one
- A listening walk
This is something that staff at Little Hands do regularly with children. We walk the environment more consciously to notice what we can hear. What sounds do our feet make on the wooden floor an then on the carpet? Which door is the noisiest when closed? Or what is the first animal we can hear when out in the garden?
Questioning like this encourages children to develop their listening and attention skills and also to explore the world around them. Why not practice this in your house on a gloomy day and then get really creative with it on your next walk.
- A nature hunt
You’re out, getting some fresh air and noticing the icy breeze. Why not collect some interesting natural objects from your time outside to create a sensory memory box or natural resource collage. Take a shoe box with you and you can remember this time together the next day as you discuss the items, where you found them and what it was like. Or cut leaves in to shapes before sticking them to paper and making a lasting memory of your time outdoors.
- A canal walk
Whilst supervision is always important when visiting sites like a canal, it’s also a great opportunity for children to feel in control. Ask them to lead the way and decide which route to take. There is no wrong answer and their biggest decision will be when to turn back! It’s also a great opportunity for spotting wildlife both in the water and above. We would love to know if you visit a canal and spot any colourful boats!
- Den building
Lots of children at the nurseries have been enjoying making dens under tables recently. They add their own blankets and cushions before crawling in to read a story or hide from friends. Toddler room staff at Amblecote extended these opportunities by adding the light box to the den for changing coloured lights to discuss. Can you make a den at home, either under the dining room table or elsewhere and add some special things to feel cosy and relaxed?