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FUN GROUP ACTIVITIES.

 

WEEK ONE.

Equipment

Pictures of fruit and vegetables, pencil, plain paper, tracing paper, fabric crayons and white cotton fabric. An iron. A variety of fruit and vegetables.

 

Names and Colours

Warm up Activity.

Sit in a circle as a group, taking turns clap your hands to the sound of your name. Afterwards everybody is given a card with a picture of a vegetable or fruit on e.g. red cherries, green pepper and yellow lemon. One person stands in the centre and says ‘I went to the shop and I bought..….’ and they pick two vegetables or fruit. The persons holding the card with the two vegetables swap seats, as they do so the person in the centre tries to get their seat before them. If successful, a new person should be standing in the centre. Parent and toddler can work as a team or individually depending on age and ability of child.

Self Portrait Activity

Put a bowl of fruit and vegetables on to the table. Using a pencil and paper draw a picture of yourself as a fruit or vegetable or draw the fruit as you see it. Next, place the tracing paper over your portrait, using fabric crayons colour the picture onto the tracing paper. Ask a parent to help you cut a piece of fabric to the size of your portrait. Putting the tracing paper face down onto the fabric the parent will iron the picture onto it.

Aims and objectives.

These games and activities are designed to help parent and child work as a team. The child learns his/her colours, vegetables and fruit. How to recognise shapes and how to co-ordinate eyes and hands. They use their imagination and have fun with their parent. The parent also can enjoy being creative with their children, and also bring out from their imagination their individuality.

Conclusions.

After these activities, you could have a group discussion, you could ask,

Does red cherry have any other fruit friends, like a brother or a sister?

What kind of fruit are they?

What games do you and your fruit friends like to play?

Are there fruits that you do not like to eat?

What is your favourite fruit?

Discuss how  fruit prepared, e.g tinned, dried, added into products etc.

In addition, you could invite the parents and children to taste the different fruit and vegetables.

WEEK TWO

Equipment

Old clothes or coloured fabric, glue, card e.g cereal packets, cardboard cubing, e.g toilet roll holders or kitchen roll ,a pencil, celotape or split pin and scissors.

 

Animals and sounds

Warm up Activity

Everybody stands in a row across the room, the leader ask the group to get into two’s.

The pairs are asked to get across the room by hopping, jumping, holding hands, backwards, various ways. When the group has worked in pairs, they are then asked as a group, to get across the room in a variety of ways. Everybody in the group can suggest ways get across the room.

Animal puppets

Using  the old clothes cut up, kitchen roll holders, toilet rolls, card and glue, in groups of two’s make a puppet that describes their family members e.g. their dad may be like a lion, mum a cat, they may see themselves as a monkey. The animal puppets can be any colour they like. Using the card they can draw the animals head onto it, then using the pieces of old clothes they can stick the colours onto the card. Afterwards they can attach the head to the toilet roll holder by using cellotape or slit pin (please be aware these are not suitable for children below three years old). They can then put their fingers up the cube of the puppet and tell a story about their animal puppet.

Aims and Objectives.

The warm up activity helps the child to co-ordinate this/ her body limbs which helps with mobility, also working with the parent promotes trust and dependability on each other. The group warm up activity promotes group strength, trust and team co-operation. The puppet making task helps both parent and child see each family member though their own perspective and imagination. Using fabric and glue they can explore textures shapes and colours. Asking the child to talk about their puppet helps them with their  vocabulary.

Conclusion.

After these activities, you could tell a story using the children and parents’ puppets. In addition, you could have a sing-along using the puppets e.g. Old Mc Donald had a farm, or zoo. Using the puppets, they could make up a story about a planet where strange animals live and the children could make up the sounds and names of these animals. Also as a group these stories then could be acted out using the puppets.

 

WEEK THREE

Equipment

String, scissors, card e.g. cereal box, glue, newspaper, a scarf, paper and child safe paint.

 

STRING PRINT

Warm up Activity

Chase the dragon. All but one in the group put their hands on each other’s waste in a line. Then end person has a scarf tucked into his waste-band like a tail, the person on his own has to chase the chain of people to catch the tail. When he/she has caught the dragons tail they go to the back of the chain and the person at the front becomes the new catcher.

String Print.

Draw a shape or a symbol onto the card e.g. a flower, tree, circles or triangles. Using the string, glue the string to the shape, leave to dry. When dry you can paint the string, when still wet place the picture onto a piece of paper and print your shapes. You can use each other’s shape to make a variety of prints.

Aims and Objectives.

The warm activity encourages teamwork, trust, co-operation, and co-ordination.

When making the string print the child learn their shapes, colours and can co-ordinate different shape in their prints with other members of the group. The wind down game wolf and sheep, helps the group create team bonding as they try to survive on the islands.

Conclusion.

Place pieces of newspaper on the floor. One person pretends to be a wolf who likes to eat sheep, the rest of the group pretend to be sheep. The wolf chases the sheep around the room, so that the sheep do not get caught by the wolf they can jump onto the newspaper islands, before the wolf eats them up. Each time the wolf comes out to catch a sheep a piece of newspaper is taken away, in time there is not enough islands to jump on, the ones left on the last island are the winners.

 

WEEK FOUR

Equipment

Book, plastic bottle, wooden spoon, hat etc. Magazines, glue, felt tips and paper.

Balloons, cakes and drinks.

                        

Warm up Activity.

Everyone stands in a line except one person (the leader), one at a time the leader gives them something to pass along the line using their knees, e.g. a book, hat, pencil, wooden spoon etc. If they drop them they have to start again. Depending on the size of the group you could have two teams racing against each other, the team who passes all the objects down the line the first is the is the winner.

What makes me happy?

As a group you could chat about what makes them happy, this is optional for those who may still be a little shy. The group is then encouraged to draw or cut out pictures from the magazine and stick them onto card, picking out  the ones that make them feel happy.

Aims and Objectives.

The warm up exercise is intended to bond the group, after four weeks there should be some trust built up. ‘What makes me happy’ activity helps the individual to express him/herself to the group, hopefully by now the trust and respect between each other is safe enough for them to express themselves freely. This is optional because some may feel a little shy, so they can listen to others in the group without obligation to partake.

Conclusion.

When all who want to have expressed themselves about their pictures about what makes them happy, they can make a poem if they like beginning with the words, ‘I am happy when….’ The group will end with a little party, balloons cakes and drinks. One party game could be pin the clowns nose onto his face. When the clowns face has been drawn and a separate nose cut out, a person is blind folded and then directed to the picture they have to pin the nose onto the clowns face, the one nearest to where the nose should be is the winner.

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