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!
For our final day seven challenge we went a bit off the #5minutefun radar, branched out and made up our own. As I am frantically packing and trying to get everything ready for our trip to Camp Bestival, I decided to enlist the help of the mini squad and turn the sorting and packing into an activity. To be honest, this is something I have to do frequently to achieve anything.
We used it as a maths exercise – counting wellies, to check we had everybody’s in the packing pile. We used it as an exercise to identify colours – so, who has green wellies? Who has pink wellies and so on. We used it as an exercise to identify smallest, biggest, smaller than and bigger than.
All from a line of six pairs of wellies on their way to the car!
We did a similar exercise with the bags, putting them in order of size to help with the intricate packing process required for a festival holiday camping with six people.
Although we deviated from the programme ideas, I think that what we did was totally in-keeping with the methods advocated.
Simple exercise like this can be so beneficial. They don’t require new skills or toys or other tools, but you are constantly improving children’s knowledge of their world.
To follow all the fun check out the #5MinuteFun on social media.