Play is a great way of learning new skills so having a crafty Play Day can be super fun for creative minds. Whether your kids love painting, sculpting, modelling, pottery or any other form of art, a Play Day of crafty fun might just end up inspiring a new hobby for life!
If you’re in need of some inspiration, check out our Rainy Day Play Ideas board on Pinterest for fun crafts to try at home and, remember, try not to pick something that’s too rigid or prescriptive. The idea is to let your children be as imaginative and creative as possible. The only rule is that there are no rules!
Active play is crucial for children’s well being as it keeps little bodies fit and healthy while being fun at the same time. A great active idea for Play Day is to stage a mini sports day in your back garden. Invite friends and family and challenge the kids to races, hula hooping competitions, pogostick challenges, DIY slip’n’slides or anything else you can get your hands on.
Curiosity is a valuable life skill so encouraging your child to explore the world around them through play is important (within the bounds of safety, of course!) And the good news is, you don’t have to travel thousands of miles to explore the great outdoors, you can do it in your local park, street, or even your back garden. This Play Day, get the kids interested in all things nature by setting a treasure trail, playing Bug Bingo in the back garden, building a bug hotel, planting bee-friendly flowers, or setting fun up-cycling challenges to explore ways you can recycle old possessions and be more environmentally-friendly as a family.
Not all play has to be super active to be beneficial. The key is finding a good balance and brain games are just as important a way of learning through play. This Play Day, why not encourage your little ones to play futuristic style with robotics and coding? You could find a local coding club to sign up to or make use of the many resources online to help your little ones learn how they can build their very own robots and create their very own computer games. You never know, you might have a future programmer under your roof!