Five minute fun: Day one

At home I am always trying to make the regular things in life or normal conversations into learning opportunities and fun activities.

5 minute fun really fits in with my approach to parenting so I’ve decided to take their 7 day challenge with the children and will be sharing the activities we try.

So – what is 5 Minute Fun?

5 Minute Fun is made up of free and exciting educational activities and ideas for you to try out together.

Whether you’re at home, on the school run or making your way around the supermarket, the goal is for you and your children to enjoy 5 minutes of fun together while developing your little one’s knowledge and skills in line with the Early Years Curriculum.

Each morning, you receive one 5 Minute Fun activity via email. It’s free, and each week’s activities will be from theme of different learning area.

Each activity takes around 5 minutes to do and doesn’t require anything extra, so can be done on the move, out and about or in the comfort of your home. They are also tailored to your child’s age – they have activities suitable for children of 2, 3, 4 and 5 years of age!

Day one

So today was our first try at 5 minute fun. We selected an activity from the ‘feeling good’ category.

“Sort out the recycling together. Can your little one tell what things are made from and sort them into different piles?”

recycling bags

This was perfect timing as it is recycling collection day tomorrow, so not only was it five minutes of fun, but it also ticked something off the to do list as well today. Double win right?

We got set up on the decking and I positioned the different bags and boxes. Alongside I put all the recycling that needed to be sorted out.


We discussed the different types of recycling, and where things might go. We began by me passing the threenager things and challenging him to find where each item went.

little helper

He was very good at it though and soon set about selecting each item himself and seeing how fast he could find the right bag or box.

five minute fun

This was simple and easy to set up and carry out and the threenager loves a good challenge so he was most entertained and now wants to do help with this job every day!

I love little activities that support children’s learning and spark a range of conversations – this certainly did that…I wonder what tomorrow will bring?

By the way, the crash helmet is not a compulsory accessory for this activity…he’d just been on his scooter!

To follow all the fun check out the #5MinuteFun on social media.


  1. A lovely idea and the 5 minute concept really works for learning. We used to use the 5 minutes in the car to get to school for learning times tables. It really worked. Not sure the kids called it fun but a very efficient use of time. #Sharewithme

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