As summer fades and autumn and winter creep in, warm break times at school are being replaced with wet and rainy lunchtimes.
To help you be prepared for the upcoming rainy days, we have come up with some ideas to make wet playtime fun and interesting.
Children love being creative, so why not provide them with pens, pencils, paint and creative play materials and watch their imaginations come to life.
Halloween is fast approaching, so now would be a good time to start Halloween themed crafts.
Play a DVD
Playing a DVD is a good way of keeping things calm during break time. Children will see this a real treat and may even enjoy the quiet time.
Play a game of duck duck goose. In a class of 30 children, this can keep them entertained for quite a while.
If you have access to the school gym equipment, it may be a good idea to set up some throwing challenges. This can include bean bags into buckets or balls into hoops.
You could play musical statues or musical chairs. These are classic party games which are bound to keep them entertained. Sleeping lions is a great group game and will work well with a larger group of children.
Group Role Play
Starting a group play is a great way of keeping children active and entertained. You can involve the whole class and give each child a role to play. This can also be great for practising any kind of class assembly that may be coming up.
Memory games are ideal for making sure children stay sharp after dinner time. You could play the ‘I pack my suitcase’ game which requires each child to remember what the person before packed and add their item to it.
Similar to that, the ‘I went to the shop’ game requires the next child to remember what the child before added to the basket.
These can be a lot of fun and will keep their little minds ticking over.
Children love to sing and this can be encouraged even more so when there is a group. You can sing and practice nursery rhymes or give them access to the classroom cd player which will allow them to express their own interest in the type of music they listen to.
You may even find that with singing comes dancing - providing children with physical activity.
We have a range of teaching downloads that are free to print off and can be used for wet playtimes. There is a range of colouring-in activities and themed activity sheets.
You can laminate these teaching resources for long term use which can benefit both class time and playtime.
Free play is great as children can use the play equipment around them to entertain themselves and each other. They can role play in the home corner with the play kitchens, they can build blocks into creative structures or they can read in the quiet corner. Free play gives children the time to do what they want to as they would do outside.
We offer a wide range of play equipment which has been designed for use in schools, pre-school and nurseries. Our selection of early years' play equipment has been designed to encourage group play and stimulate creativity in young minds and will help to keep children entertained during indoor playtimes.
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