30 DAYS OF PLAY : Make Build Create

30 DAYS OF PLAY : Make Build Create

30 DAYS OF PLAY : Make Build Create

We might be isolated but you're not alone... ready or not, this is our opportunity to turn off distractions and embrace some family time, and we're here to help you! Take the opportunity to play with your minis, reconnect as a family, have fun with them, learn with them, be silly with them. Remember what it was like to be a child and rediscover the joy of play. 

We're here to bring you a whole host of ideas to fill the next 30 days and beyond with playful activities. You'll find tips on learning through play, activity ideas and ways to keep the family fun alive no matter how long you're at home for... who's with us?!

Constructive play, encompassing everything from lego to leaf bashing, is a huge part of their learning journey. Here, we have chosen our favourite play ideas to help you make, build, create and explore.

 

M A K E   B U I L D   C R E A T E

  • L E A F   B A S H I N G : Hapa Zome is the Japanese art of leaf bashing. Find an old, plain cotton pillow-case, sheet or t-shirt and sandwich flowers or leaves between two pieces of your fabric ; bash with a mallet, rolling pin or small hammer on a chopping board or piece of slate and watch as the flowers and leaves release their beautiful natural dyes, leaving patterns and outlines of their structure on the fabric; tie your flag onto a stick and wave it with pride! from The Den Kit Co
  • L E G O   C I T Y : Build your lego city and introduce play toys, giving play people characters or roles.
  • L E G O   C H A L L E N G E : Have a building contest between adults and children with a theme each time such as 'vehicles' or 'eco houses' and judge who is the winner ; if you have siblings ask the older sibling to build a pattern using the Lego and encourage the younger sibling to copy it ; you might be surprised how therapeutic the grown ups will find building bricks...!
  • P L A Y D O U G H   V O L C A N O : Create a volcano shape using play dough with a well inside for your 'lava', pour some baking powder inside then add vinegar and watch the volcano erupt as the vinegar and baking powder create a chemical reaction.
  • D E N   B U I L D I N G : Get out your Den Kit, find a spot to build and once your den is complete.. watch a movie, have a picnic or play at camping inside.
  • T I D Y   U P   R A C E : Who can tidy the toys fastest? A good one for the end of each day.
  • B R E A D   M A K I N G : Get your minis involved in making Plaited Turmeric Bread, find the recipe here from Mummy's Little Chef
  • P L A Y D O U G H : Choose from unicorn playdough, galaxy glitter or an Easter themed playdough activity bag ; roll out and cut it with cookie cutters ; try rolling dried pasta in it to create patterns & shapes ; set up a themed play table or tray such as under the sea (fish toys, blue fabric, polystyrene icebergs, cotton wool mountains) or fairy garden (real grass and flowers, fairy toys, glitter fairy dust, dollhouse furniture) and use your playdough as scenic props.
  • S A L T D O U G H : Make salt dough shapes by combining 1 cup of plain flour (about 250g), half a cup of table salt (about 125g) and half a cup of water (about 125ml) together. Mould or cut into your chosen shapes before baking in the oven at 180C for 3 hours. Once cooled you can paint your creations! Great for creating play food for a teddy bear's picnic, letters or numbers to make learning more fun, or poke a hole through your shapes with a straw to thread onto a garland when they have been baked. 
  • C A R D B O A R D   C R E A T I O N S : Transform all those online delivery boxes into houses, train stations, airports, ...anything to prompt their play. If you want some tips check out our activity books to help you create your own cardboard vehicles or home gadgets.
  • M A G N E T   P L A Y : Using a magnet, find metal objects like paperclips and see what items they can pick up with it, try dragging it along a metal baking tray.
  • S L I M E   M A K I N G : Mix together the following ingredients and add small toys, glitter or pom poms to your slime.

Ingredients:

8 ounces PVA glue
1 to 2 drops liquid food colouring (optional)
1/4 cup glitter (optional)
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 to 3 tablespoons saline contact lens solution
  • I C E   B R E A K E R : Freeze toys inside blocks of ice overnight and try to chip them out the next day ; colour the water before freezing to add mystery to what they might find inside ; use the activity to talk about eco system and ice melting as a result of global warming.
  • S U N   C A T C H E R S : Collect treasures from the garden, put them into a plastic bowl (suitable for the freezer) and cover with water ; add a loop of string so the ends sit in the water and freeze ; the next day hang the icy sun catcher outside and watch how the sunlight catches it ; see how long it takes to melt. Alternatively you can create your own sun catchers to hang in your bedroom or playroom using our craft kit.
  • C L E A N I N G : Let them clean with you... washing up, dusting, hoovering, using the dustpan & brush, watering the plants.
  • T H R E A D I N G : Thread beads, buttons or dried pasta onto pipe cleaners, string or ribbon to make a necklace ; cut slits in a cardboard tube (from kitchen paper or toilet roll) and push lollipop sticks through until they poke out of the other side.
  • F A I R Y   G A R D E N : Create a mini fairy garden outside using mini figures, shells, flowers and a little door... you could even add some homemade fairy bunting using string, coloured paper and some straws or lollipop sticks.
  • S Q U I S H Y   S O A P : Combine the following ingredients, mixing the cornflour and liquid soap together first and then adding the oil and colouring, to create your own squishy soap. If find the mixture too sticky after neading it then add more cornflour. Store in a glass or plastic container with a lid and simply break off a piece when you want to play - ideal for encouraging hand washing, for water play or making bath time more fun. 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Cornflour
4 tbsp liquid soap (hand wash, shower gel, washing up liquid)
4 tsp cooking oil
a drop of food colouring (optional)

    Discover our ideas for Active Play, Character Play, Creative Play and Digital Downloads to keep your days varied and their minds and bodies active whilst you're at home.

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