never underestimate the learning value of playing with sand and water. How is sand different when it is wet/dry? Hide things to find in sand. Water - what floats and what doesn't and why? Add bubbles and colour the water etc.
Bake cookies and use smarties on top to practise colours/counting without it being a big deal
Use lots of different textures - cornflour with water, cooked pasta to play with.
Talk about the changing seasons on your walks. How exciting, I wish I could do this all over again
Face painting especially if you let them do yours. Try the cornflour in water trick i.e. it feels solid in the cup but pours like a liquid. When younger my DS used to love acting out stories we had read. He spent a lot of time morphing from the very hungry caterpiller into a butterfly.
It was really quite difficult to guide them through play today tbh, we did painting and made musical instruments by putting rice in bottles and went for a nature walk. I need to be able to have them in a more controlled and contained environment, otherwise, one would run off one way and the other would run the other way!
They both have very different personalities, it was fun and they are lovely children but I need to rethink my activities!
I think a routine would be helpful, i was going to chill out and let them be expressive this week, so i could get to know them but i think it would be best to get into a routine sooner, rather than later!
nixz I have a 5,2 and 1 yr old and type of things we do are planting things painting pictures themed topics so if we play with a castle then we talk about them and knights etc, read story on it might visit one if we can sticking and gluing cake making play in sand play in water and talk about other things that use water making food plates with pasta and lentils etc texture pictures read story then make something relevant..elmer then stick colour squares onto elephant shape etc walks to collect leaves etc and listening walks music time sing, play instruments playing with blocks make playdoh cookery of icing biscuits, bagel pizzas, fruit salads