Have you ever thought about how some household items are exciting and fun things to play with for young children?
For instance, babies, toddlers and children always love the box and packaging of something, sometimes more than the item that was in it.
This makes a great opportunity to play with household items in different, creative but safe ways.
For example, kitchen roll and toilet roll tubes have so many uses and can be turned into many things. Why not turn them into skittles for a game of bowling or decorate them into characters like superheroes, animals or dinosaurs and make up stories with your child?
The Family Hubs have started a series of at home play ideas incorporating everyday objects and items that can be picked up at the supermarket. Every week on the Family Hub Facebook pages there will be a new activity or suggestions on how you can use a certain object in a safe but fun way*. These activities are aimed at pre-school age children but older children may find them appealing too.
*Please always supervise children for safe and happy playing.
There are lots of great play sessions, activities and events taking place online at the moment for you and your children to experience. Here are a few suggestions:
Bradford Libraries are doing a free online story time session every Friday at 10am. Tune in on their Facebook page or You Tube channel to see one of the library staff read a story for children to enjoy.
Bradford Museums have launched a number Inspire me to… activities that can be tried at home.
Learn to Dance
Dance for Life have been keeping people moving with their online dance tutorials over the last 12 months. All of the sessions have been put together into a You Tube playlist for you to easily choose the tutorial for you. There are a range of dance styles to learn from street dance to ballet and even some early years routines for little feet to move to.
For more events check out the Family Hub Facebook pages for regular updates.
Next week (15-19 February), is the half term school holiday. A week where you and your children can log off from remote learning, but with not many options of things to do and places to go, how are you planning to keep your children entertained?
To give you some ideas, every day next week we will be posting on the Family Hub Facebook pages an activity that can be recreated at home without needing a long list of resources. Most things can be found at home.
Here is a sneak peak at Monday’s activity – make your own play dough. A great activity for children to join in with. Take a look at this video to see how simple it is to make your own play dough at home. Grown up supervision required and please check the ingredients for allergies.
We will also be signposting to some online activities taking place during the week.
Why not take part in Stretch Burst and Swirl at 10am on Monday 15 February via Zoom. The free dance workshop for the whole family celebrates LGBTQ+ History Month with Bradford born international dancer Vince Virr. To book a place email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bradford Libraries Yoga Extravaganza
Every weekday next week Bradford Libraries will be hosting story time sessions for babies, pre-schoolers and five to seven year olds that incorporate gentle yoga poses.
Yoga Week Highlights
Mon 15 Feb 10am – Story time for babies – Teddy Bear’s Picnic
Tues 16 Feb 2pm Story time Live Zoom session for pre-schoolers – booking essential. Contact email@example.com
Weds 17 Feb 10am Story time for pre-schoolers – The Gingerbread Man
Thurs 18 Feb 2pm Story time for 5-7 year olds – Supertato by Sue Hendra
Fri 19 Feb 10am Story time for all – Yoga Babies by Fearne Cotton
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