Hungry Little Minds - Simple, fun activities for children 0 to 5
Many little things light up hungry little minds. Kids take everything in, and even the smallest things you do with them can make a big difference.
They love it when you chat, play and read with them, even when they’re too young to understand everything. Whatever the time and wherever you are, you can turn almost anything into a game. Every little thing you do together will help set them up nicely for the day they start school.
You’ll find some short videos and simple, fun activities you and your child can do together.
We’ve broken down the activities by ages 0 to 6 months, 6 to 12 months, 12 to 24 months, 2 to 3 years and 3 to 5 years, but no one knows your child better than you do. So you could pick and choose the ideas that feel right for you, adapt our suggestions or even come up with your own. You can use whatever language you feel most comfortable with.
There are lots of apps that say they are ‘educational’ but you’ll want to reassure yourself that’s the case and they are right for your child. The FEED check may help:
Fun - Will your child enjoy the app? Will it keep their attention?
Educational - Is there a clear educational aim? Do you know what your child will learn? Will it keep them learning and allow them to progress?
Engaging - Will it help your child if they get stuck and give them feedback, letting them know they’ve got challenges right?
Design - Is it attractive and easy to use? Is it inclusive and does it avoid gender and racial stereotypes? Can an adult change the settings? Is it safe with links to the internet and adverts protected behind a parental gate?
Find more information on how to support your child’s learning through apps and get advice on screen time through the links below:
- Early years apps parent guidance (external link).
- UK Chief Medical Officer on screen time based activities (external link).