What to do with this activity?
Make a green grass or herb head that has personality. You can even cut his or her hair!
The easiest way to make it is to buy some ready grown herbs - you're likely to find pots of growing herbs in your local supermarket. Add some googly eyes or draw a face onto the container. Don't forget to water it every now and then. Give your character a hair cut and use the bits you cut off in cooking or in a salad.
Your child might enjoy growing grass "hair" from seed - either herb seeds or grass seeds from a garden shop. Chives and grass will make spiky "hair", while parsley and dill "hair" will be curly.
Have a look at this video from Mister Maker to see how to make a grass head using an old pair of tights.
Why am I doing this?
One of the ways children learn is through play. A child who is playing is refining learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond. "Pretend play" is important for developing your child's language skills. Children make up their own games, but playing games with others helps their concentration and social skills. Play can also help to show what children know and understand.
How can I do more?
Spending time playing with your child is a great way of helping them learn. Games like "Simon says" and "One, two, three red lights" are great fun. There are lots of activities you can do like playing card games or board games when you can have a quiet time together. Your child can learn the rules by watching a dry run first. Then you can play for real. An important thing to learn is that you don't always win. It can be good for young children to win, to give them confidence but learning to lose is important too. There will be many times in life when you don't win and learning to cope with that is a good life skill you can teach your child too.
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