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6 Activities and Events for Foster Children and Foster Parents

Being placed into foster care can be extremely challenging to navigate for children. 

However, how the child’s time is spent during a foster placement can go a long way in positively shaping their experience, along with their future outcomes. 

In particular, activities can be extremely effective in helping children to feel settled in their new environment. Activities can also promote their educational development and overall wellbeing.

At Match Foster Care, we also put on events throughout the year to give foster parents and the children in their care a chance to connect with other foster families all while having enriching and enjoyable experiences.

We’ve come up with our top list of activities your foster child, along with your own children too, may enjoy. At the end of this post, you’ll also find more details about our activity days. 

Activities that can be done with Foster children to help them feel part of the family

  1. Reading 

Reading together not only encourages a love for literature but also strengthens the bond between foster children and their foster parents. Creating time to discuss characters and literary concepts together provides a safe environment for sharing stories and developing the imagination. 

Additionally, asking foster children about their favourite characters or books can further personalise the reading experience, creating a sense of engagement and excitement as they eagerly anticipate diving into the pages together. This interactive approach enriches the reading experience, and can also be a way to encourage children who need additional support with their literacy. 

  1. Cooking 

Cooking together with your foster child not only provides valuable life skills but can also be a great ice breaker if the placement is still new. 

Involving children in preparing their favourite meals can be particularly rewarding. Whether it’s making pizza from scratch or whipping up a batch of homemade cookies, preparing their favourite dishes together allows children to take ownership of the process. Cooking under the supervision of an adult can also boost their confidence in the kitchen. 

Cooking together goes beyond making food, as it’s also an ideal opportunity for children to share their food preferences or cultural traditions, deepening their connection to their identity and family history.

  1. Crafting 

Crafting with your foster child can be a delightful journey of self-expression that fuels creativity. 

One simple yet engaging craft activity is painting rocks. Gather some smooth rocks from a nearby park or beach, set up a workstation with paints and brushes and let your creativity flow. Encourage your foster child to paint whatever they like on the rocks – it could be animals, patterns or even inspirational messages. This activity not only allows them to express themselves artistically but also fosters a sense of ownership over their creations.

Another fun crafting idea is making paper aeroplanes. Grab some colourful paper, fold it into different aeroplane designs and then take them outside for a test flight. For older children, paper engineering may prove more stimulating with lots of free resources available online ready to print. 

No matter the craft activity you choose, the key is to provide a supportive and encouraging environment where your foster child feels free to explore their creativity and express themselves freely. 

  1. Planting 

Gardening provides foster children with a hands-on experience of nurturing living things and observing their growth over time. Planting flowers, vegetables or herbs together teaches valuable lessons about responsibility and patience.

Planting seeds that grow at different periods can offer a diverse and engaging experience for foster children and their families. 

Some seeds germinate and grow quickly, providing almost instant gratification and reinforcing the connection between effort and results. Examples of fast-growing seeds include radishes, lettuce and sunflowers. These plants can sprout within days to weeks, allowing children to witness the tangible results and stay engaged in the gardening process.

On the other hand, planting seeds that take longer to grow introduces children to the concept of patience and delayed gratification. Watching these seeds slowly develop into mature plants teaches valuable lessons about perseverance and the passage of time. Examples of seeds that require more time to grow include tomatoes, peppers and carrots. These plants may take several weeks to months to reach full maturity, encouraging children to remain dedicated to their care and nurturing throughout the growing season.

  1. Playing in the park

Playing in the park provides an ideal setting for foster children to engage in various activities alongside their foster parents, encouraging physical, social and emotional development. 

Whether it’s playing games, having picnics or embarking on nature walks, these experiences not only strengthen the bond between foster children and their caregivers but also instil a sense of belonging within the community.

Moreover, the park serves as a place for foster children to gather with their friends who are also in foster care. These gatherings not only promote socialisation but also offer a supportive environment where they can relate to each other’s experiences. Through playing together, they build friendships, share stories and create lasting memories. This further enriches their sense of connection and belonging within their peer group and the broader community.

  1. Visiting museums

Exploring museums together exposes foster children to new ideas, cultures and historical events. It stimulates curiosity, critical thinking and a love for learning while providing opportunities for meaningful conversations and shared experiences between foster children and their foster parents.

Exploring museums in areas such as Stoke-on-Trent and Droitwich offers foster children diverse learning experiences. 

In Stoke-on-Trent, the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery showcases ceramic art and local history, while the Gladstone Pottery Museum provides a glimpse into Victorian pottery production. 

In Droitwich, the Spa Heritage Centre delves into the town’s salt-making heritage. Nearby Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum offers varied exhibitions covering art, archaeology and natural history. 

These museum visits spark curiosity, critical thinking and cultural appreciation in foster children. They provide foster parents with opportunities for meaningful conversations and shared experiences, encouraging stronger bonds. By immersing themselves in new ideas and cultures, foster children develop a love for learning and a broader understanding of the world around them.

Become a foster parent with Match Foster Care!

Are you interested in becoming a foster parent in areas like Stoke-on-Trent and Droitwich? Consider joining Match Foster Care. 

Our agency provides round the clock support and resources to help foster parents navigate the fostering journey with confidence and compassion. Additionally, it’s worth noting that Match Foster Care has received an outstanding rating from Ofsted, highlighting our commitment to excellence and the quality of care we provide. 

This recognition underscores our dedication to providing exceptional support to both foster parents and the children in their care.