We were invited to take part in “5 Minute Fun” via “Loved by Parents” and generally give it a go and see what we thought of it. This article was not paid for or anything like that. It was more an opportunity to write about what should have been 5 minutes of fun, but was rather 2 hours of fun!
The 5 Minute Fun Concept
So, what is “5 Minute Fun”? Well, 5 Minute Fun is made up of free and exciting educational activities and ideas for you and your little one to try out together. Generally they are quick and easy (sometimes!) activities which require little planning and little, if any financial outlay. They are meant to tie into the Early Years Curriculum and help develop the child whilst having fun.
The 5 Minute Fun Activity
We had 12 activities to choose from and without spoiling the other activities for you, I chose:
Ask your little one to imagine they’re a little chick hatching. Can they crouch down low, tap-tap-tap, then stretch up high and wide as they hatch?
Given Heidi’s flair for the dramatic (see the Pyjama Drama post here) I thought that this would be a nice and simple activity after a long, busy day at work. How wrong I was…!
So, after controlling the excited 3 year old for a second, I played teacher and tried to explain what I wanted her to do (which probably took 4 minutes out of the 5!) However, she was not playing ball and pretty much refused, although we didn’t have any paddying! In a moment of inspiration, I thought that I would demonstrate the activity myself. Using a hula-hoop (not the crisp!) as an egg, I acted out the activity and I thought that I did ok!
Clearly, I needed work as I was encouraged to do it again, on my own, but Heidi was seemingly getting more interested in the concept. However, the cogs in her brain were working in a way that only a 3 year old could. I asked her if she wanted to do it, and she said that she wanted to do it together, which was fine – twin chicks exist after all!
So I got into my egg and Heidi started to lay next to me. She then stopped, and started getting undressed in the middle of the living room, and the conversation went something like:
Me: What are you doing Heidi?
Heidi: Getting undressed Daddy.
Heidi: Because chicks don’t wear clothes.
And just like that, I had a naked toddler pretending to be a chick!
We did the activity absolutely brilliantly, but then the seal was well and truly broken. The activity was done again, and again, and again. However, we took it on a step…
…the chick started to fly, and needed to be fed worms, and a nest building…however, the feathers didn’t seem to be growing too quickly!! Thank goodness we are well past the toilet training phase!
All in all, it lasted a couple of hours, and was certainly entertaining for all concerned. The activities are suited to be played anywhere. However, if your child has hidden exhibitionist tendencies, it might be wise to play somewhere a bit private! It was definitely an activity that stimulated Heidi’s mind and creativity. I am sure more normal children would have outcomes that you could video and take pictures of – clearly I wasn’t able to do that!!
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