DIY Skittles & Games

How to make homemade skittles
Our Homemade Skittles would have to be one of the most played with toys in our house.  My girls are continuously finding new and fun things to do with them.  I have seen them become pretend food and drink in imaginative play games, used to create barriers or goals in ball games and they have also become music shakers.  With these in mind there are two main games we love to play with our Homemade Skittles, Skittles Bowling and Hide & Seek Skittles.
What you will need?
You will need 10 clear empty plastic bottles, rice, colour labels (optional), food colouring and a ball.
We placed half a cup of rice into each plastic bottle and added a few drops of food colouring, placed on the lid and gave the bottle a good shake until all the rice was covered.
We also placed colour labels on each of the bottles as a way to encourage reading and visual awareness of these words.  I wanted my kids to label and name the bottles by colour and be repetitively exposed to the written word.
Skittle Bowling is much like a game of 10 Pin Bowling but using our own homemade bottles. 
Arrange the bottles into a triangular shape and mark a line from where kids are to roll the ball.  The aim is to knock over as many skittle bottles as possible.  It is up to you if you would like to keep score but this did not seem important to my kids as their total aim was to knock over as many as possible and beat their own personal best.
Hide & Seek Skittles is a great game that can be played both indoors and outdoors depending on the weather.  It involves one person hiding all 10 Coloured Skittles and another person finding them.  You will often hear conversations between my kids, “I have only found 8 which means there are 2 more hiding” or “the Red and Green ones are not found yet”.
Games are so important for kids to play as they learn so many important skills by playing them. 
  • Turn taking and sharing
  • Getting along skills and problem solving
  • Negotiation and language skills
  • Team player and sportsmanship
  • Mathematics through score counting
  • Self-esteem
  • Physical and emotion development
  • Gross motor, fine motor, coordination and balance
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Getting Active with Dice

Dice games to get the body moving
Active Dice is a fun game to get little bodies moving!
It is much like a blend of the games Simon Says and Twister.  The game involves rolling two dice, one with numbers and one with different parts of the body, then rolling the dice and following the directions as to what is shown on the dice.
What you will need?
You will need two dice, I picked these large foams ones up in a craft store. 
You will also need to print off the Active Dice Game Cards to attach each body part to each side of one of the dice. 
Click here to download and print:  Printable Active Dice Game Game Cards
How to play?
Roll both dice; they land on 3 and body.  Give the instruction; “the dice say to wriggle your body three times”.  “The dice say to wave your arms 6 times,” and so on. 
You can speed up the momentum of this game by changing from one instruction to the next quickly.
This active play game is great for;
  • Developing movement and coordination
  • Building strong bodies: muscles, bones and hearts
Thank you for reading!
Learning 4 kids

Pillow Case Hoppers

Outdoor play games for kids
Rolling around on the grass in hysterical laughter……what fun!
My two eldest girls (3 and 5) enjoyed a sunny winters day playing with their pillow case hoppers and this reminded me of how the simple things can bring so much fun, while being active. This game is an oldie but a goodie replacing the hessian sacks with a pillow case……simple hours of fun!
We laid out a stretched rope for a starting place and another at the end for a finishing post. Hopped from one end, then we turned around and started again!  Amongst the falling to ground and giggling to!
Tip: use the folded flap of the pillow case at the front of the body as this gives kids more gather for their little hands to hold.
Pillow case hoppers are great for getting kids physically active and;
Developing movement and coordination
Building strong bodies: muscles, bones and hearts
Encouraging self esteem and thinking skills
Developing social skills
Go hop to it and have some fun!
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