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15 Minutes of Family Fun – Water Play

Playing with water is a wonderful way for children to experiment, discover and learn. There are lots of ways to play with water and lots of things to learn through this kind of open-ended play. It’s easy to do. Use containers (buckets, large plastic containers or basins, sinks and bathtubs) filled with water. Provide things… Read more

15 Minutes of Family Fun – Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger hunts are games where participants are challenged to search for items on a list. The hunts are fun that can be adapted to any age group. And they’re easy to do – decide where you’ll have your hunt, decide if participants are individuals or teams, make a list of items to find, decide what… Read more

15 Minutes of Family Fun – Cooking together

Cooking together is about more than making tasty food. It’s a great activity to do with children of all ages. And, while they’re cooking, they’re learning: To count and measure ingredients To follow directions in a recipe New words To talk about the taste, texture, colour and temperature of food That mixing ingredients together makes… Read more

15 Minutes of Family Fun – Family stories

“Family stories can be told nearly anywhere. They cost us only our time, our memories, our creativity. They can inspire us, protect us, and bind us to others. So be generous with your stories, and be generous in your stories. Remember that your children may have them for a lifetime.” – Elaine Reese Telling children… Read more

15 Minutes of Family Fun – Singing together

I’m a Little Teapot. Head and Shoulder, Knees and Toes. Itsy Bitsy Spider. Row, Row, Row Your Boat. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. Wheels on the Bus. Babies love to hear these songs and more. When they’re older, they love to sing these songs with you. Action songs, where movement accompanies the singing, are even more… Read more

15 Minutes of Family Fun – Photo stories

Today’s activity is using photos of your child and your family to create a story. You can use one photo and have your child create a story that you print to go with it. Or, you can use a series of photos of a favourite activity or special event to illustrate your story. Read it… Read more

15 Minutes of Family Fun – Meal times

Meal times are a great opportunity to do more than eat a healthy diet. Take time to enjoy new foods and talk during dinner. Enhancing this one daily routine can result in big benefits. While eating with their family, children can learn: To try new foods To take turns To be part of a conversation… Read more

15 Minutes of Family Fun – Join the band

Join the band! Here’s an activity for children 3 years of age and older. Make homemade musical instruments; then use them in a marching band. Play the instruments in time to music. Experiment with different instruments, different sounds, and different types of music. Details for this activity can be found on page 42 of the… Read more

15 Minutes of Family Fun – Environmental print walk

Children live in a print environment. They’re surrounded by print every day, including street signs, store signs, labels, logos, advertising, newspapers, and books. At a young age, they are able to recognize that this print has meaning and it can help them make sense of their world. Use this print as a way of developing… Read more

15 Minutes of Family Fun – Story retelling

Story Retelling involves having your child tell you one of their favourite, familiar stories using their own words. While you can encourage their storytelling with leading questions, accept what they are able to retell. This is their version of the story, and it doesn’t have to be word for word or include every detail to… Read more