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Pass The Parcel

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From: Aussie Childcare Network

Pass The Parcel Phyllis Buchanan

Children will enjoy unwrapping the parcel to see what's inside.

Materials Needed:

  • Little gift items (balls, cars, miniature dolls, planes, sunglasses).
  • Wrapping paper.
  • Sticky tape.
  • Music.

What to do:

  • Before the children arrive, wrap each gift item.
  • Place each wrapped gift item into a layer of 5 sheets of paper and then place all gift items into a separate piece of paper, on top of one another (it should resemble a ball).
  • Sit the babies in a circle or have each parent sit down with their baby.
  • Put on the music and “pass the parcel” around the circle until the music stops.
  • When the music stops, whichever baby is holding it, they begin to wrap a layer of wrapping paper off.
  • Then begin the music again and repeat the process.
  • When a baby tears the layer of wrapping paper and a prize falls out, they get to keep it.

Hints and Tips:

  • Try this – get about 10 shoe boxes (or boxes with lids) and in a selected few add a prize inside and place the shoe boxes in the middle of a circle. Play music and pass a balloon around the circle. When the music stops, the child holding the balloon chooses a shoe box to open to see if there is a prize inside.
  • It’s a good idea to make sure there is a prize for each child.
  • Instead of having toys as prizes, you could use healthy fruit slices, bread sticks etc…

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 2 year+
  • Number of Children: Small Group (4), Large Group (5 or more)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    - Consistently uses six or seven words.
    - Begins to learn basic social skills (sharing, turn taking).
    - Combines language and gestures to express needs.
    - Enjoys songs and nursery rhymes.
    - May join in with some sounds and actions.
    - Begins to become more independent.

  • Play Based Learning: Exploratory Play
  • Interest Areas: Music and Movement
  • Games Categories: Music and Movement, Party Games, Social and Emotional
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 1, Learning Outcome 2, Learning Outcome 3
  • Sub Outcomes:

    LO1 - Children Have A Strong Sense Of Identity

    1.4 Children learn to interact in relation to others with care empathy and respect

    LO2 - Children Are Connected With And Contribute To Their World

    2.3 Children become aware of fairness

    LO3 - Children Have A Strong Sense Of Well Being

    3.1 Children become strong in their social and emotional wellbeing

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