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Play in May 2022

Welcome along to Play in May!

Starting on 25th of May we are going to be running 5 days of activities, classes and trainings that you can access all about play and development! Some of our content is recorded, some of it live and some on printables that we’ll add to this page too over the course of the week! 

 

You’ll find our timetable and kit list below and you are very welcome to join us at any of our live sessions. 

 

Please do join our dedicated Facebook group for the event too! 

 

Our timetable

Wednesday 25th May – Tuesday 31st May

 

This Week – Play In May

 
This week we are celebrating all things play and development with our Play in May series of activities, play sessions and trainings, we can’t wait to welcome you along! 

 

Each day we’ll be posting a different challenge, class or training and we’d love to hear how you get on and see your play space photos! 

 

 

 

You can join our dedicated Facebook group at – https://www.facebook.com/groups/playinmay2022

 

Wednesday 25th May

 

Visual development day! 

 

Watch our recording on visual development, create your single colour play space, have fun with some contrast 

 

 

Thursday 26th May

 

Texture day! 

 

play along session for our babies and little ones starting to move being delivered live at 10am!

 

Activity printable being made available for our toddlers and preschoolers

 

10.00am – play along – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86547559058 

 

You will need

– animal toy

– book
– 4 – 5 different textured toys to create an exploratory play space

– blanket

– cushion

 

 

 

 

Friday 27th May

 
Gross motor skills day! 
 
Live training session about tummy time and a chance to ask any questions we can help with
 
Gross motor skills play pack for our toddlers and preschoolers
 

10am – tummy time training – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81629918008

 

 

 

Monday 30th May

 
Fine motor skills day (circus themed)
 
Live sessions for our babies and our movers
 
Play pack for our toddlers
 

10.00am – play along for babies – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88601185736

 

You will need

– chiffons, muslin squares or scarf

– small ball for rolling, holding and touching
– music toy

 

 

11.00am – movers play session from mobile babies – 18 months – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82945691764

 

You will need

– chiffons, muslin squares or scarves

– 2 x balls
– 2 x noisy toys

– 2 x smaller handheld toys

 

– large blanket

– 2-3 cushions/pillows

 

 

Tuesday 31st May

 
Sensory skills day
 
Live sensory and play training at 10am
 
10am – sensory and play training – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88124395990

To Join a call

Please make sure that your zoom name is your name, not the device name, a nickname or a business name, this is for security and we are unable to welcome you along if you are not named as yourself. 

 

 

Kit lists are just suggestions, please come with what you have available

Day one - visual development

Single colour play is amazing for our babies, great for helping their visual development as they see the whole toy in the same focus rather than parts of it pin sharp. It is amazing for hand to eye co-ordination, their sense of touch if we include different textures, motor planning, their posture and working two sides of their body together. 

 

Each area of their brain is used too as they use their frontal lobe for their motor functions, their parietal lobe for their touch and sensory input, occipital lobe for their vision, cerebellum for their co-ordination and temporal for their memory & auditory processing.

 

So much benefit from one little activity, repeat it often!

 

You will need

 

– two texture fabrics for lying out on your playspace, give them lots of opportunities to feel and touch a few different textures at the same time

– four or five toys of similar colours 

 

Lie your toys out in your playspace in an arc and let your little ones engage with them. For our tiny babies take the opportunity to show them the toy, let them feel and touch and do some toy rotation. For our tummy timers, pop the toys around them and totally distract them to give them lots of opportunities to feel and touch and build up their tummy time. For our sitters pop the toys around them in an arc and encourage them to reach and grab for them helping their balance, co-ordination and motor control, please keep them safe while they are stretching forward and doing lots of work on their dynamic balance. For our little ones who are on the move, encourage rolling, stretching and crawling to the toys by moving them further away.