Little people love exploring the world – they’re naturally curious. They love feeling new textures, seeing amazing things happen to everyday objects, exploring new ways to build/paint/create, sorting and matching, and learning new things. And their brains are like sponges!
On this site you will find arts and crafts, messy and sensory play activities, science experiments, maths activities and country-themed activities for your toddler, preschooler and beyond. These activities have all been tried and tested on little ones, who have come away happy – and sometimes messy!
We hope you enjoy the activities as much as we do!
Testing out friction with duck races! - We took delivery of a large item that came in a large box. If your kids are anything like mine, then the box is at least as exciting as what it contains, and is... Sorting beads with tweezers - We had fun sorting beads onto plates using tweezers! My 4yo gets upset when we are at home and my 2yo needs a nap – he loses his play mate! So that’s a key... Oobleck – fun with slime! - I’ve been wondering about trying oobleck with my preschooler for a while, but he’s not always receptive to new textures so I hadn’t yet taken the plunge. However with my toddler having a good... Making numbers from pipe cleaners - The summer holidays have arrived! The boys and I love going out and about, but we are exhausted too so a few quiet mornings at home are also helpful for us. My toddler (22... Home-made chemistry set! - We made our very own chemistry set for experimenting, mixing and playing! I used some old squash bottles that I cut off at different heights and filled with water and food colouring, a little... Painting with ice cubes! - Painting with ice cubes. Such a simple activity, and so much fun to do when the weather is hot and sunny. For this activity, I simply put water and food colouring into an ice... Dinosaur footprints with paint! - This craft combined dinosaurs, painting and messy play. My toddler loves painting, but rarely actually with the paintbrushes. He loves exploring different ways to apply paint to surfaces (not always desirable ones!). So I... Crafting with old birthday cards! - It had recently been my birthday, and I was about to recycle some birthday cards. But it struck me that some of the designs were really pretty and it seemed a shame to put... Bubble snakes! - My preschooler and I had so much fun making bubble snakes. We used an old squash bottle, a microfibre cloth, 2 rubber bands, a bowl and some washing up liquid. We cut off the...