50 Things To Do Before You're Five

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50 Things to do Before You’re Five is a mobile app that gives parents and carers 50 fantastic experiences to share with their children to help develop their confidence, language and vocabulary and to support them in being ready for the next stage in their education.

The 50 activities are low or no cost experiences that include indoor, outdoor, seasonal, home-based, and out-and-about activities that are not only fun but will get your little one off to a flying start with their learning and language development.

Each experience has been suggested by parents, carers and professionals; sifted, developed, and written up by early years experts and language specialists, to create a fabulous resource for every child under five and the grown-ups in their life!

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough parents/carers can download the app from the Apple App Store, Google Play.

If you’re not able to access the internet regularly or would like to record which of the 50 Things you have done on paper, we have a booklet available to download here:

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​​​For further information, please see the 50 Things to do website: cambspboro.50thingstodo.org

The 50 Things to do Before You’re Five app can be a great way to support parents with home learning by suggesting different activities they can carry out with their child. We have a wide range of resources available on our dedicated Knowledge Hub group to support conversations with parents.

In addition to this, we have a number of webinars, which you can access below. Support packs for the webinars are found on the Knowledge Hub and contain handouts, posters and social media posts you can use in your setting.

In this webinar, funded by the Fenland and East Cambridgeshire Opportunity Area, we look at the importance of supporting the home learning environment, barriers that parents may face, and how to use the 50 Things to do Before You’re Five app to support home learning, including during holiday periods.

This short webinar, funded by the Fenland and East Cambridgeshire Opportunity Area, explores how to use the 50 Things to do Before You’re Five app to work with parents to help develop children’s communication and language skills with practical ideas and examples. 

Strong attachments in early childhood are vital to children’s resilience and self-regulation in later life.

In this webinar, we explore the importance of attachment, how we can support it in our practice and how the 50 Things app can be used to share activities supporting attachment with families. 

This webinar was funded by the Fenland and East Cambridgeshire Opportunity Area. 

Good motor skills are essential for our children as they support independence as they learn to do up coats and shoes and make marks, as well as healthy living as they take part in gross motor activities.

In this webinar, we look at how we can use activities from the app to support Motor Skills Development.

The percentage of children classed as overweight or obese has increased and is a national public health concern.

Many of the activities on the 50 Things to do Before You’re Five app encourage families to be out and about and active.

Find out more about how to use the app to support Healthy Living in this webinar, supported by Cambridgeshire Public Health.

On 5 October 2021, Helen Wootton of Talking Together in Cambridgeshire and Imogen Alexander of Kettle’s Yard Art Gallery took part in the national 50 Things to do Before You’re Five webinar: How to include young children’s voices in your arts and culture strategy (fast forward to 33:33).

Helen spoke briefly about how Cambridgeshire County Council’s Early Years’ Service is funding community groups to run projects which help parents and carers build on their own understanding of child development and the role they can play in supporting this.

Imogen then spoke about the three projects Kettle’s Yard has run as a result of the funding, including this year’s project with its focus on promoting and using the 50 Things app as a tool to encourage families to explore the world around them.