Kids love pegs, they are bright, colourful and attract the interest of children.
Pegs are perfect for play ideas, activities and crafts!
They are great for building strength of fine motor muscle and coordination. They also encourage the pinching action between the thumb and finger which helps in the development of good finger grip.
Here are some fun activities you can try together using pegs.
Painting with pompoms
Painting with Pompoms is a fun activity for children and toddlers to explore colours and experiment with a new paint tool. It is so quick and easy to set up and also allows for children of all ages to complete as it is open-ended. If you don’t have pompoms you could always use cotton wool balls or pieces of sponge on the pegs.
Hanging out the washing
Children like to pretend! They like to pretend to be doctors, vets, check out operators but they most like to pretend to be a grown up. I expect your child always watches you hanging out the washing, observing every action and every movement. This simple activity will help to strengthen the muscles in their hands as well as be lots of fun!
Matching pegs to numbers
Write numbers onto card or paper cups. Can your child peg the correct number of pegs to show the number. This activity practices your child’s number skills as well as their fine motor skills.
Can you draw an alien?
What would it look like?
What colour would it be?
How many eyes would it have?
How many arms and legs would it have?
How would it move?
How would your alien speak?
Draw a picture of your alien and colour it in using bright colours.
Can you think of a name for your alien? Have a go at writing the letters in its name.
What would your alien say?
Have a go at writing what your alien would say.
Maths - Shape,Space and Measure
There are patterns all around us. Patterns on animals, patterns on our clothes there are patterns everywhere!
Go on a pattern hunt and see if you can spot any patterns.
What shapes can you see in the pattern?
Can you describe the pattern?
Think back to the story ‘Aliens love underpants’
What a lot of different patterns were on their pants.
Can you design a pair of pants? What pattern would you have on your pants?
You can print off the pants template to help.
Click on the picture below to hear Mrs Kortright read 'My Mum and Dad make me Laugh'.
Expressive Arts and Design
Can you make a rocket or space ship?
You could use an old bottle, cardboard tubes or small boxes or pots.
Be as creative as you can. Decorate it using paints, shiny paper or stickers. You may need some help from a grown up to stick things together with some tape.
You could use some red, orange or yellow paper to be fire.
Have fun being creative together.
If you need some inspiration, click on the link below to watch Justin make a space rocket.
Understanding of the World
Bubbles is such a fun activity for children. They love to blow bubbles and to watch them fly away, but it’s just as fun trying to pop them!
If you’ve run out of shop-bought bubble mixture, it’s easy to make your own bubbles from washing-up liquid and water.
50ml washing up liquid (one part)
300ml water (six parts)
- Measure the washing-up liquid into a container, such as a jam jar or bottle.
- Slowly add in the water, being careful not to create too many bubbles at this stage. Gently stir the mixture together to combine.
- If you can, let the bubble mixture rest before using it, as it will make your bubbles even better.
- When it is ready, dip your bubble wand into the mixture and start blowing bubbles.
If you don’t have a bubble wand, you can have fun looking for different items around your house that can be used to make bubbles. Here are some ideas:
Pipe cleaners – bend them into different shapes
Paper clips – bend them into wands
Talk with your child as they play with the bubbles. Talk about:
The size of the bubbles
Where are the bubbles going?
Where do they land?
What different colours can they see in the bubble?
How many bubbles they have blown?
How many bubbles they can pop?