What to do with this activity?
A nature colour hunt is a great way to get your child outdoors and running around.
First make some A4 size cards and down one side of the page paint different colours - blue, red, yellow, green, purple, orange, pink, brown, black, grey.
Go out to the local park and find a small sample of something of each colour and put them in a bag to bring home - a flower petal, leaf, small twig, or lichen growing on a tree.
At home, stick the samples onto the card with glue or sellotape beside the matching colour. See how many colours you were able to match from nature. Talk about how colourful nature is.
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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