Little ‘A’ had a box – Children’s Activity

This is such a simple game that so much can be learned from.
It is great for children, they love to have their own box.

This time we did a basic box with the letters of the boys names, next time I think we will make an activity out of painting the boxes first as they could look much more appealing and personalised, also I feel this would help the child realise the box belongs to them on a more personal level.

The aim of the game is to associate the letter on the box with finding items around the house with names that begin with the same letter. We chose the letters from our names, you could do the same or you could start at A and change the letter on the box for all 26 letters or go one step further and have 26 boxes to fill!

Give your child a box and decide which letter to use. Take an adventure around the house or out and about and find what begins with your letter, spell the word and explain in detail about the item then fill your box with those things.

This helps the child learn the names of objects and what they are as well as realising the same letter can start different words. The child learns by seeking and finding, discovering and gathering.

A much loved game that can be played again and again.


Cut Out People – Children’s Activity

What a great and simple way to set off a creative flare within your children, designing and making your own little people.

Having the children draw in their own detailing and possibly naming the figures helps the child become more involved in the activity encouraging them to deeper relate to the characters. It teaches them through demonstration and aids understanding of the nature of people, their features, expressions, activities and moods.

We created several backgrounds for the figures to explore various places from all around the world outside of a home. We also role played in these places to teach the children what people do at each place.

We used a collection of natural items we foraged from the woods on a previous outing to give detail to the backgrounds. This taught the children about using objects for different uses and brought out pictures to life.

The varieties of people that can be created and the background scenes that can changed about are of no end. The imagination can really be exercised.

All you need is paper, card and some colouring pencils for basics.
Draw the outline of the figures, cut them out. Design and create the characters. Design, draw and build the different background scenes. Take the cut out people on journeys into the different scenes to create a wave of learning through imagination for your children.
Anything can be incorporated into this art to create a lively background scene, for example the nature items or what about fabrics, dried foods like organic pasta or seeds, old pictures, used packaging etc. There’s so much diversity of inspiration out there that its all down to what you have around you and the creative mind at force.