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As schools, childcare facilities, restaurants, play areas, cinemas and more are being temporarily closed in an attempt to contain the Covert-19 virus, many families like mine will be finding themselves limited to their home and garden for the foreseeable future.

Whilst this is going to present lots of challenges, I’m going to use the time for some creative and messy play with my two children to keep them active and occupied each day.

As schools, childcare facilities, restaurants, play areas, cinemas and more are being temporarily closed in an attempt to contain the Covert-19 virus, many families like mine will be finding themselves limited to their home and garden for the foreseeable future.

Whilst this is going to present lots of challenges, I’m going to use the time for some creative and messy play with my two children to keep them active and occupied each day.

School Closure = Messy Play Plan

Eli (7) and Jacob (4)

The teacher instinct in me knows that each day will be more manageable if is divided into segments with different activities planned between snacks and outdoor play. I am also fully aware that the plan need to be flexible and that there will be lots of days when nothing goes as I expected, but that’s ok too. I will be offering a candid review of each day alongside suggestions about how you might adapt them for children who are younger.

 

 

I have seen a wealth of ideas and activities posted on social media since the school closure was announced last week. I am definitely going to be using these for inspiration, but the amount of choice can be overwhelming! Instead I hope to offer a bite sized itinerary which will include what I know best…. messy play, craft, painting and child led play, some of which will be in the form of projects.

My hope is that I can build up a catalogue for you to access and try out using everyday items and materials. It is also my hope that these activities will engage your children so that you can enjoy quality fun play time together.

Not every blog will be this long! Here is what I have planned for tomorrow…..

Monday 16th March 2020 Theme: St Patrick’s Day

Breakfast

Making an St Patrick’s Day wreath (cardboard, green paper, glue, scissors, glitter, stickers)

Snack and outdoor play

Green and orange ice with rice play (bowls of green and orange ice, tray, rice)

Making a Lego St Patricks Day parade (Lego)

Lunch

Screen time

Baking shamrock cookies (butter, sugar, egg, vanilla essence, flour, icing sugar, green food colouring)

Outdoor play

Make a story book about St Patrick (pictures to colour, markers, print out of the story of St Patrick, card)

Screen time

Dinner

I’ll let you know on the Messy Hands Instagram and Facebook pages how we get on, Esther x

Written by Esther Andrews, founder of Messy Hands Ltd.

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