Fun and learning with your toddler!

Girl playing with a mirrorHolidays can prove a challenge for parents and children alike. Whilst your toddler may be looking forward to having a week off, parents can be left bewildered trying to keep them entertained, whilst keeping their brains active and prepared for the new term.

So Explore Learning, who run engaging extra-curricular educational activities all year round, have come up with a few pointers to help!

1)      Make Shopping Mathematically Fun:

Get your young ones involved in the shop. Ask them to recite prices for you and how much items will cost according to what’s in your trolley. Not only will this keep them engaged, they will thoroughly enjoy the weekly shop and find it more fab than drag!

2)      Get Them Reading Everywhere and Anywhere:

Whether you’re on public transport or travelling by car, get them to identify the different names they see, how to pronounce those names and how to spell them. This could range from street and road names to tube stations. Make it feel like a game by getting them choose words for you to spell as well!

3)      Bake and Read:

Turn baking cakes and cookies into an educational game. Get the children in the kitchen and ask them to read the ingredients and instructions. They can cook and learn at the same time. For older children you can test their division, multiplication and problem solving skills by asking them to adapt the recipe for different amounts of servings.

Boy learning to saw4)      Family Time:

If your child has an older sibling get them involved in your educational games. By explaining to them that you want their help it will make them feel very grown-up, and your younger child will love being included in activities with older siblings that they look up to.

5)      Discovery:

Give your child a new word each day and explain to them what it means. For that day, see if they can use the word in a sentence as much as possible.

This can also be done for maths. Dependant on your child’s age, give them a number and ask them to find items around the house that add up to that number, or all the possible ways they can reach it using mental maths.

6)      Trip to the Library:

Libraries contain a wealth of knowledge and adventure all under one roof. Most libraries also hold events each day for the holiday such as reading marathons and homework clubs that are free. Contact your local library for more information

7)      Museums:

Museums are like a maze; so make a game out of it. Use the map and get them to navigate and direct you to each segment. It’s a great way to test their motor skills and get their brains working in an unfamiliar environment

8)      Workshops:

Take them to a complimentary Explore Learning workshop at your local centre. We have a range of fun literacy and numeracy workshops occurring in several of our centres over holidays, many based on engaging books such as Harry Potter, or the Gruffalo. Find your nearest centre by entering your postcode in the search box on the website: and call to find out more about the workshops they will be offering, or to book a 1:1 session with one of their experienced tutors.

9)      Play- Dates:

Take the children out with other friends. They will feed off their friend’s energy and educational games will seem more fun. Try challenging each of them using number or word flash cards. It will stimulate their memory and play to their competitive spirits

10)   Bath Time:

Make daily chores such as bath-time or washing-up fun by incorporating colourful letter or number magnets. They float on the water and can be used in a multitude of games that will keep them engaged even during the most mundane of activities

Dont forget!

  • Essentially, try to make everything you do fun!
  • Activities can be time consuming and children can lose their attention span quickly, so when you have some spare time during the day, make a daily plan of what you would like to do with them, breaking longer activities into smaller chunks to keep their interest.
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