Activities to try at home
Personal, Social, Emotional Development
To help your child develop relationships with others, increase self-confidence and self-awareness and manage their feelings and behaviour, here are a few ideas to try at home:
- Encourage your child to take his/her own coat on and off.
- Encourage your child to say please and thank you.
- When playing with your child, support them in sharing
- Allow them to choose some toys themselves and reflect on opinions about these toys; e.g. this is my favourite doll/car.
- Ensure that your child is able to go to the toilet unaided.
- Try to support your child in taking turns with others.
- Encourage your child to talk about their feelings.
Communication and Language
To help with your child’s listening and attention, understanding, speaking, here are a few ideas to try at home:
- Talk about everything you are doing.
- Model language providing key words for your child to repeat.
- Increase vocabulary and identify sounds: play word games such as I spy.
- Talk about the stories you read together.
- Retell familiar stories together.
- Give one/two word instructions of little jobs for your child to do.
To help develop your child’s moving and handling skills, health awareness and self-care skills, here are a few ideas to try at home:
- Encourage your child to handle small and large equipment.
- Allow your child to use scissors. pencils and small tools to develop their fine motor skills.
- Allow your child to run, hop, skip, jump and find different ways of travelling.
- Provide opportunity to climb up, over, along, under and through play equipment.
- Play games such as follow the leader and change actions to develop motor skills and coordination.
- Discuss changes to their bodies after exercise; heart beating faster, feeling hot etc.
- Encourage your child to wash their hands before eating.