Today Martin and I got a chance to play with JJ with using 5 Minute Fun activities. These are simple free ideas to engage children and develop their learning. I’m quite keen on this concept as some days it can be hard to think of new things to do with JJ, that doesn’t involve money or a new toy. It’s nice to be able to provide new changes that he can interact with.
Immediately reading some of the activities on the website I knew it was not aimed for young babies. However this did not stop us! We adapted some of the ideas or showed JJ how to do them.
The first activity I tried with JJ was under the Maths section. Play a clapping game together. Roll a dice and clap the number it lands on. JJ is 8 months and hasn’t clapped on his own accord yet, but I think this is a fun idea to correlate numbers and clapping. (As long as he doesn’t go to near the dice and try to eat it, which luckily he didn’t! Hurrah! Now, it’s making me think if I should get a large sponge dice! Hahaha!) I used a dice from a board game I had, showed JJ the dots, counted and clapped his hands with him.
Within the lets move section the task was You’re both superheroes! Stand with your hands on your hips, run in slow motion, then pretend to fly. Martin altered this and made JJ fly by lifting him in the air. We love super heroes so this is perfect!
The other task was Get building together! Find some tins or boxes in your cupboard and stack them up to build a tower. I think Martin enjoyed this more..ahahaha but JJ was watching him using the playmats to create a box. JJ even got to wear the box! Hehehe!
I also downloaded a Sporty reward chart. Again this is aimed for older kids, but we still managed to do some of them our own way. The idea behind this is to do each task each day but we preferred to do a few all together. Dance to our favourite song was fun! We do this a lot already but it’s a fab way to get JJ’s legs strength in standing. As he loves going on the Jumperoo, he does a lot of bouncing to his dance moves. He’s too cute. When Martin dances with JJ, he holds him which is so enjoyable for JJ. Another one on the reward chart, was Pretend you’re driving a car. JJ tried to eat the ‘wheel’ when I gave it to him! Ahahahahaha! But what Martin did was brilliant! I loved it. JJ just looks so cute in the box whilst Martin pushes him around the room.
The ideas are simplistic, and easy to do. It saves me of thinking of brand new fun games to play with JJ. It does not take long to do any of the tasks. No money involved – perfect as I’m on maternity leave and need to save every penny. I would definitely use their ideas again but use it more often if there was a section aimed for younger babies. However as you’ve noticed, nothing wrong with adapting some of them, especially as JJ kept smiling through them.