Mid Term! I just can't believe it really! time is just flying! Christmas was only just yesterday and here we are heading into another long weekend (some of us a whole week) of holidays :) This time to celebrate getting through the first half of a scholastic year! (we really do find every excuse to celebrate right? )
At least that's how I see it .. a Celebration! - We've got through October, all the newness that comes with it - new class, new routine etc .. We've gone through Christmas and along came January .. I've yet to meet someone who actually loves January! For most of us, exams follow, which gives us another reason for this Mid Term to actually Celebrate, unwind, unplug and play, together.
Here are some ideas I've thought of to get us through the week smiling and re group.
Let's go outside! Location - Buskett
- Take them on a hunt, this magical place provides plenty of space to run wild and be free. Prepare a treasure hunt - tell them to find objects such as - an orange flower, a butterfly, something fuzzy, a clover, a castle, Ben Elf even!
Have a look at this great treasure hunt list that I've come across. Click here for the link to print
Store all their treasures found in a treasure case like this one to take home and create a work of art with (all you'll need is glue and paper ... or tape!
- Have you ever seen a nature head? Or a Nature Doll ? Once home, prepare printables, easily found and let their imagination run wild with their treasures found.
- Take a walk .. relax .. look up & shape the clouds and just re group and connect.
- Find the tools to make paint brushes. - Twigs, leaves, feathers, orange peels etc .. these make great sensory brushes for a later painting session.
- Gather leaves, twigs and pebbles and create a masterpiece onthe ground.
- If you're lucky - Jump in a Puddle!! there are amazing puddle formations in Buskett. Take a change of clothes (inc. socks!) and a towel for after and just let your kids go wild! their smiles will be worth it!
Sometimes, the weather isn't on our side, or there is other work to be done.
Indoor play opens up a world of imaginative play and Social Play
Puzzles are always a perfect idea! Psychologists have determined that a child's brain development is influenced significantly when a child acts on or manipulates the world around him or her. Puzzles provide that key opportunity. Children learn to work directly with their environment and change its shape and appearance when they work with puzzles besides,
- Improved Memory. Solving puzzles helps reinforce existing connections between our brain cells. ...
- Better Problem-Solving Skills. ...
- Improved Visual-Spatial Reasoning. ...
- Improved Mood. ...
- Lower Stress Levels.
- Lava - place cushions all over the floor and tell your kids that they cannot put a single toe on the floor as it is "lava". Their mission - They need to get to the other side of the room and pick up the prize (could be a book, or a toy, or a sweet) without touching the floor. it's not as easy as it sounds! but it is lots and lots of fun!!
For us, downtime are those days when we are tired & less motivated. This is the time where we move on to reading, puzzles, board games or we watch a movie or series with popcorn and snuggles and hot chocolate . - our current favourites are Eddie Eagle, Ace Ventura Pet Detective & Full (& Fuller) House (on Netflix)
In other words, play matters, let the children PLAY! This Mid Term - Play together