I put a request up today on my insta-stories. If you don’t already know I am supporting #CFWeek this week which is for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, and the way Henry’s Games came about got me thinking about requests. Henry’s Mum Jen sent me a message asking me to help her think up some games for Henry to support with his physiotherapy and I love nothing more than people getting in touch! Recently another lovely friend sent me a message asking for some games to help her son. Her little lad is starting school this September just like Ewan, and also like Ewan he is a summer baby, so will be very young in his year. She was worried about his reluctance to do any kind of writing or picking up a pen and asked for some ideas.
So this flicked my frazzled brain into action and I’ve come up with a game that I hope my friend’s little boy might like, because he loves a digger as so many wee people I know do!
I used kinetic sand for this game but you don’t need to have this stuff – although it is great and I’d recommend it. You could obviously use regular sand, or lentils, or pasta, or rice or anything like that – so long as you have a tray or something to put it on!
- Get two bits of paper and draw 6 squares on each of them. Write letters in one set of squares and cut them out. Leave the others blank and add little tick boxes next to each square.
- Get a tray and place the letters in it, now cover with sand and diggers.
- When your little one shows interest, tell them there are letters hidden under the sand that the diggers have to excavate!
- Each time they find one they need to write it in the box and tick it off.
- When they have found all 6 letters they can hide them for you, or just leave them to play with the sand happily and give them a chocolate biscuit like I did for Ewan and Flo!
So if you have a request or a particular challenge with your child you might like me to think up a game for, please send it on over. I’d love nothing more than to try and help!