What to do with this activity?
Did your family get a selection box of chocolates for a present recently? If so, save the coloured cellophane wrappers that the sweets came in, and flatten them out carefully. With them you can help your child to make a pretty suncatcher to hang in the window.
You need to create a frame for the suncatcher by cutting a shaped hole in stiff paper or card. Folding the card in two will make that easier. We think that black or coloured card is most effective. Then sellotape coloured strips of coloured cellophane in place to fill that space. It will look like a small stained glass window. See instructions and other ideas for sweetpaper art from Childsplayabc here.
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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