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Things to Do Together

Things to do at the beginning of the holidays/school closure

  • Make a list of things you would both like to do on the holidays (you could make it a ‘family to-do list’) – then check them off as you do each thing on the list.  Make sure there is a list of practical and fun things to do.
  • Decide together on some rules for the holidays (e.g. you can only watch Netflix after your room has been cleaned near the end of the day; iPad time is only after you have finished your jobs for the day)


Things to do every day

  • Cooking with a recipe (e.g. make pancakes together)
  • Tell your child something about your background (e.g. when you broke your leg, what was your favourite food when you were a child)
  • Teach your child a song or story from your childhood
  • Write a diary of each day
  • Write a card or letter (or draw a picture) for someone (e.g. an elderly neighbour stuck inside)
  • Ring or Skype a family member (e.g. grandma, cousin) or friend (someone from their class)
  • Play memory games
  • Play board games
  • Make play dough together.  Once made, it will keep your child occupied for hours (even a week - as long as you keep it in a sealed bag after they are finished)
  • Put on a song and dance
  • Put on a song and find the rhythm/pulse/beat together: clap your hands, bang on the bottom of a bucket/pot, or find some other action to move to the pulse (e.g. stamp your feet, nod your head, hands up hands down, etc).  Use your whole body to feel the rhythm.
  • Plant something and watch it grow
  • Use the Brent library – they have thousands of books you can access online.  See Use Brent Online Library.
  • Eat at least one meal together – it’s a time to talk, a time to show them table manners.  For example, if it’s breakfast, plan your day together.  If it’s dinner, talk about the best/funniest part of the day or something you learnt/enjoyed.
  • Build/make something together.  Use what you have.  For example…
    • Build a ‘cubby house’ out of blankets/big boxes
    • Wash your hands together, get a pear, stick some toothpicks in it for legs and arms, carve out some eyes and a mouth with a toothpick, then call it Max or Dorothy.  Make one for the both of you.  Eat Max or Dorothy at snack time.
    • Make models from recycled materials (junk).
  • Draw.  If you don’t have paper, improvise – use an old envelope.
  • Converse.  If they are focused on doing something, don’t always interrupt.  Come alongside them or sit next to them.  Kindly ask your child things that show you are interested in them.  For example,
    • If they are playing Lego, you could ask…
      • “What are you making?”
      • “What’s this?” [pointing to a part of the thing they made]
      • “What's it for?”
    • If they are cutting something out of paper, you could ask…
      • “What are you making?  Why?”
    • If they are watching something on TV (even if it’s obvious to you what they are watching), you could ask…
      • “What are you watching?”
      • “What’s happened so far?”

Of course, you can always ask them, “Can I play/watch too?”

  • Play a throwing, catching game.  Use a small cushion or soft toy.  As they get better, use something smaller or has a different shape.  If it's too easy for them, move further away from each other.  If it's too hard, move in closer.
  • Try PE with Joe on YouTube.  Subscribe to his channel to get a daily exercise routine for kids starting Monday 23rd March.
  • Making up stories together (at school, we call these 'Helicopter Stories') and act them out.  Here are the basic steps:  Step 1) Tell them a short story.  For example…
    • Once upon a time, there was a frog and it was crying.  The mummy frog came and said, “What’s wrong?”  The little frog said, “My throat hurts.  I can’t go ribbet anymore.”  The mummy frog said, “You poor thing.  Have some medicine.”  After that, he stopped crying because he felt better.

Step 2) Ask them, “Do you want to tell me a story?”  Have them sit next to you, and write down their story, once sentence at a time.  Write it down exactly as they say it.  Resist the urge to change their story or make it grammatically correct, or even try to make it make sense.  It doesn’t matter.  They are expressing themselves and their ideas.  Step 3) Read the story back to them.  Circle all of the characters.  Read to them all the different characters in the story.  Ask them which character do they want to be in the story - underline it.  Step 4) As you read the story, act it out together (for even more fun, use everyone in the family to be the actors needed).

  • Use the Internet to find out about the artists we are learning about.
    • Visit the Tate Modern website to find out about Matisse and The Snail.
    • Visit the National Gallery website to find out about Henri Rousseau and his paintings Tiger in a Tropical Storm or Surprised