We all know how quickly children can get enough of any toy. They will beg you for days to buy it, and when you finally do and spend a small fortune for it, their interest will not last long as you expected. You might bring a toy home nicely wrapped, hoping to surprise your little one and they end up playing with a box!
Here are some ideas how to make your own toys and keep little hand busy.
Very simple idea and it takes only old shoelaces and a piece of card /kitchen roll. Make some holes and start threading. The more colours you add, the better. Did I mention that this activity is great for developing fine motor skills, because it requires focus and precision of those little fingers.
This one is guaranteed success for babies and toddlers. Here are some ideas of how it’s supposed to look. Make sure you put many sensory and colorful things on your activity board, things that can make noise or spin.
Remember all those empty boxes? Well, it’s time to get creative with them. They can be used in so many ways. One of them is to make beautiful doll houses. First of all, you need to decide how it’s going to look and then cut out the desired shape. Stick nice and colorful paper in or get your child to decorate it. I am sure they will love playing with it and it will stimulate their imagination and communication skills.
We all know how boys love cars! Now, here is how to use an empty box to make it even more fun. Sketch, cut, and colour your old box and transform it into a garage. If you have stickers with it, even better!
Ready, steady… jump! Here are two versions of home-made hopscotch. The first one is very simple and needs only squares of a card with numbers on it. The second one requires a bit more time. For this one you will need a white bed sheet, scissors, hot glue gun and fabric. You can cut out different fabrics into squares, and pre-cut numbers on it and connect it with hot glue gun. This game helps number recognition, counting and physical development. While playing hopscotch, you can sing a song to make it more fun and contribute to your child’s language development.
We will always have extremely fond and treasured memories of our girls time at Children’s Oasis. The teachers are so creative and fun, always thinking of new ways to engage the children and the thoughtful and varied outdoor areas were always a favourite of theirs. We loved the intimate, friendly feel and all the little extras which makes it feel that you are part of a community. Thanks for everything, we really couldn’t have asked for a better start and we will miss you all.
What I love about Children's Oasis is how well looked after my children are and how comfortable they feel. They know the names of most of the staff and will always say 'hi' and often stop for a chat. It's a calm and nurturing environment.
We love children’s Oasis Nursery. It has been a part of our lives for over 8 years with both our girls going there. The staff are all amazing and really care for the children.
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Both my boys were at Children Oasis from the time they were 2 and until they were 4 years old; first attending the Spanish Programme and then, FS1. Both classes were great! The teachers are incredibly professional and caring. The communication with the parents is excellent and reports are detailed. They make learning fun and engaging for the kids who learn through hands-on activities and play. The facilities are beautiful with lots of stimulating and educational books and toys. I couldn't ask for more during those early years for my children!
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