This collection of activities and games are perfectly suited for young children aged 1 to 5 years.
I have worked for Early Years education centres and messy play days, but often set up a suitable space for toddlers within a larger event.
I use a lot of different equipment, so children can bounce from activity to activity as they please.
Nothing is structured, there is no group work, or sitting and listen to instructions.
Parents and carers are encouraged to engage with their children and share the experience.
They work best on grass, but I can modify the kit to suit indoors and hard surfaces, and have large rolls of fake grass if needed.
Unicorns, Dinosaurs, Horses and Cows – Sparky’s farm has all sorts of animals for the little ones to ride. These Animal Bouncers are only used at events with toddlers, soft grass and ample space. Children over 5 years are asked to keep off them.
This is a fun game for toddlers and children. The squishy balls can be placed or thrown through the holes. The target holes vary in size and score so capable players can play for points. This simple game mixes the elements of risk, reward, luck, skill and maths.
Hours of Fun! Skee Ball is always popular from start to finish of every event.
This game of imagination offers a creative outlet from the physical challenges that surround it. Toddlers love the tactile nature of play, and can be challenged by naming the different animals and the sounds they make. Older children enjoy making up stories and putting on shows for family and friends.
Look Out! There is a Tiger Behind You! These foam feet are fun for a frolic. They help young children develop coordination and confidence.
It’s team-work time! It can be fun watching two children work through the logistics to make the magic happen themselves, but I am always on hand to give assistance if required. 1, 2, 1, 2.
My juggling sticks can be used by Tiny Tots as they love to roll the sticks up and down their arms to a partner. It is a great activity to get families engaged together.
Hula Hoops are super fun. Under 5s can use them for rolling, spinning, and to create obstacle courses or hop scotch paths.
My wiggly balance beam is simple in form, but offers a variety of challenges for all ages. The youngest children are thrilled walking from one end to the other. Older children can try walking sideways, back-ways, eyes closed and by stepping over specific colours.
The goal is to throw the tennis balls so they wrap around the ladder. There are throwing techniques for all skill levels, and difficultly can easily be increased by standing further away to throw. Parents and kids love playing this game together.
Ring Toss can be enjoyed by everyone from toddlers to adults. The youngest ones enjoy the shapes and form, with more capable players choosing the distance from which to make it a challenging throw.