Children’s Activities

At Home: Inside

  • Books
  • Playdoh/Plasticine
  • Trains/tracks
  • Cars/roads (use playmats)
  • Drawing/Painting/Stamps
  • Stickers
  • Magnets
  • Lego/mega-blocks/duplo/wooden blocks/bristle blocks
  • Play kitchen/food
  • Play-sets: Peppa etc
  • Puzzles
  • ‘Messy’ stuff (tuff tray): kinetic sand, gloop, waterbeads, moon sand/cloud dough, rice/pasta/jelly/other food, shaving foam, glitter, play scenes (‘small world play:’ farm, boats, dinosaurs etc – use e.g. shredded paper, sticks, artificial grass, stones, foil), snow/ice (e.g. freeze toys in balloons then melt), soil/planting
  • Tents/dens
  • Torches/glow in the dark stuff
  • Games
  • Dressing up
  • Crafts/making things: e.g. foam shapes for bath tiles, threading beads, glue/scissor stuff, picture beads
  • Cooking/baking
  • Music/’dancing:’ play piano/violin/flute/sing
  • ‘Help’ with housework
  • Bubbles

At Home: In Garden

  • ‘Usual’ play equipment (climbing frame, slide, swing, seesaw, balls, balance bike, scooter)
  • Chalks, (get outdoor blackboard?)
  • Tents/dens/(?base of climbing frame to convert to playhouse)
  • Sand/water
  • Paddling pool
  • Torches/glow in the dark stuff
  • Planting/watering
  • Picnic
  • Bubbles

Away from Home: Indoor

  • Soft Play/Playworld etc
  • Messy play sessions
  • ‘Play dates’
  • Children’s centres
  • Library
  • Swimming
  • Activity groups: music/dance/gymnastics etc
  • Ride on bus!
  • Trampoline park toddler sessions

Away from Home: Outdoor

  • Playground: local ones, Pittville park
  • Arboretums: Westonbirt, Batsford
  • Adventure parks/animals: Paxton Park, Cattle Country, St. James’ City Farm, Slimbridge.
  • River/seaside: e.g. Weston
  • Walks: Painswick Beacon, Robinswood Hill, Barnwood Arboretum (feed ducks?), Gloucester docks
  • Kite
  • Picnic

‘Grown-up’ Stuff

  • Shops: town/arcade
  • Cafes/restaurants
  • Garden centres/Aquatic centre/Pet shop
  • National Trust/Gardens etc: Rococo gardens