It’s SO easy for the kids to get bored. Especially Aeryn. She’s 5 and it takes just 5 minutes for her to be bored. Imagine her on an 11 hour long haul flight – during the day.
Thank goodness for 5 minute fun. 🙂
What is 5 Minute Fun? Here’s what they say –
Made up of exciting learning activities to try with your child, 5 Minute Fun ideas are completely free and are designed to support learning in line with the Early Years Curriculum.
Each activity is quick, easy and simple to do wherever you are: whether that’s on the school run, on the way around the supermarket or just before bed!
We promise that each activity will support your child’s development and will help them to grow in confidence.
How did we fare?
We tried out 5 Minute Fun for 7 days and we enjoyed it. In fact let me put it like this – we’ve been trying it out every day after the 7 day trial. I can’t say that about many things.
Here’s our diary –
Pretend your little one has a pet dinosaur. Is it big or small? Can it fly? What’s its name?
Aeryn’s pet dinosaur is blue and is called Fluffy. It is not very big and it can fly and it has wings.
Take the size challenge! Can your little one point to 5 things that are bigger, smaller, taller and shorter than you are?
This one she passed with flying colours –
Bigger – the house, the telly
Smaller – her plush
Taller – the cupboard
Shorter – the table
Ask your little one if they have a favourite toy or teddy. Can they tell you why it’s so special to them? Make up an adventure for it to go on!
All 3 chipped in to this and each told me a special story about their favourite toy. The adventures that they want to take the toys on involve going to Disneyland. Luckily, we’re headed there in a short while.
Ask your little one to draw what they would like to dream about tonight!
Aeryn said she wanted to dream about herself being grownup and watching fireworks. 🙂
Look out of the window together and see what you can spot. Ask your little one to find something green, something brown and something blue.
She found the trunk of the tree and the sky.
Ask your little one to draw a picture of an imaginary creature. What colour will it be? What will its name be, and will it make a big roar?
That’s Lisa – a fairy, indominus rex!! Great imagination I’ll say. She’s holding a moon wand in her claw.
Sort out the recycling together. Can your little one tell what things are made from and sort them into different piles?
This was great for teaching her about recycling and it’s something that they have done in school too so it was a case of reinforcing learning.
As mentioned, I found these activities very engaging for little ones. Sometimes even the older ones joined in. They were easy to do and very quick so it was perfect for diverting attention when it may have resulted in tears.
On our long flight to the US, I was particularly thankful for these ideas as I managed to keep Aeryn occupied every time she got bored of watching the telly or playing on her tablet.
The activities are great for learning and encouraging imagination too. They are simple ideas that you may have already tried with the children but it’s great to have a place to go to for ideas sometimes and 5 Minute Fun is just the place.
For more information and to sign up visit www.5minutefun.com
Here’s a video to tell you more about 5 Minute Fun