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Quality time together tells our children that we care about them. It has also proven to be beneficial to kids’ development, their happiness, helps build Self-Esteem, nurtures positive behaviour and creates beautiful memories.

Families who enjoy group home activities will develop strong relationships and handle stressful situations with ease. Making time for the family will allow us to teach our kids valuable life lessons like kindness and fairness.

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Story Telling

Story Telling

Benefits of storytelling for children include the fact that it gives them a chance to create their own world of imagination. They start building upon the pictures they see in the book, and the sounds and tones they hear from the storyteller.

Stories, either read out from books or from one’s experiences, power creativity among children. After the storytelling, it is encouraged to ask children to retell the story using their own imagination.

Gardening

Gardening

Kids learn best when engaging all their senses. With gardening, kids can touch and feel the dirt, seeds and flowers, see the vibrant colors and varied sizes of the plants, hear the sound of the vegetable when it is taken from the plant and smell the amazing scents of the flowers.

Allowing all the senses to be involved helps kids understand and grasp the concept of gardening along with all the math and scientific concepts that go along with it. This makes one of the best in the list of home activities. 

Play eye spy

Play eye spy with kids

Eye spy games are a natural home activities fit for young children and there are so many varieties to keep it fresh and exciting. These games foster a child’s curiosity, visual discrimination and language skills.

Some promote fine motor manipulation, print motivation and sensory exploration. (All you have to do is say ‘I spy with my little eye something beginning with…’ and say a letter of something you can see around. Then let children wonder around and guess what it could be.

Pre writing for younger children

Pre Writing Kids

Home activities such as Prewriting is so beneficial for children from a very early stage. This helps children build their fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, attention span and helps them with writing at a later stage.

Some activities that could be done at home to achieve this are;
• Making prints/ shapes/ numbers/letters in shaving foam, artificial sand, rice and flour.
• Treading pasta into shoelaces (encourage children to count, sort by shape/size).

Play Dress up / Role play

Roleplay and dress-up play allows anyone to dream, hope, and use their imagination. It gives kids permission to pretend to be someone or something different and extraordinary that reflects their personality and current interests and promotes more independence by allowing kids to practice self-care skill.

This also helps children build vocabulary, problem-solving and emotional development.

Some things found at home that could be used for dress-up home activities are:

  • Towels (attach to a shirt to make a cape)
  • Glasses with the lenses removed
  • Costume jewellery
  • Belts
  • Shawls
  • Gloves
  • Old bags like briefcases and small luggage
  • Aprons
  • Hospital scrubs
  • Tutus or dance costumes
  • Hats
Here is a list of role-play activities and ideas;
Kids Tea Party
Bakery and tea parties

Kids can build their own bakehouse out of cardboard, bake at home and play pretend with all the family. You can also make goodies like cookies and cakes using cardboard paper cutouts and crayons.

Kids can then play with teacup sets and recreate a scene of high tea or a tea party with their parents, siblings, friends and even their toys. Encourage them to bring all their new friends home for a tea part.

This way they will learn to communicate and make new friends. Sometimes, this game can also work as a stressbuster and encourage your child to share their feelings over a cup of their tea. A perfect home activity.

Fairytale and Castles
Fairy Tales and Castles

Children can create their own kingdom, dress up and have fun Fairy tales are a great way to spark the imagination of children.

Kids can easily relate to fairy tales, and enacting the same by making sets out of coloured cardboard paper can help them memorize the stories as well as inculcate the morals imparted by them.

Renditions of ‘Three Little Pigs’ or ‘Goldilocks’ are excellent dramatic play ideas for kids to learn and memorize the story as well. They can make their own castles out of bed linen, a few cushions and some sticks.

Flower Shop
Flower Shop

Recreating a flower shop during spring is an excellent role-play idea for kids. The kids will help children learn about different flowers and the seasons they usually bloom in.

Take this activity a little further by asking them to make flower cutouts and arrange them in beautiful bouquets with attractive ribbons.

This role-play could also strengthen their math skills when they count flowers, and ‘sell’ the bouquets to their customers.

Pretending to be mummy and daddy
Playing mummy or daddy

Kids often like to imitate their parents. One great activity that children love to play with for hours is to pretend as if they are the parents taking care of their babies.

This role-playing game only requires a doll some toys, books and some accessories that children can play with. This teaches children how to take care of and protect.

playing grocery store kids
Grocery Store

Kids love pretending to do what adults do while. You can make a pretend grocery store by making products out of empty cereal boxes, aisles out of empty bookshelves and make carts out of cardboard paper and tricycles.

This is a highly fun and interesting way of keeping kids occupied. Children can then either pretend to go shopping with a shopping list and a basket or pretend to be the shop- keeper. This also helps children build their self-esteem and communication skills.

playing at home hospital
At Hospital

Kids absolutely love emulating doctors by wearing stethoscopes, prescribing medicines and treating other kids. Hence, this role-playing scenario is a must-try. This game also teaches them to care and nurture, inculcating a sense of compassion in them.

They can take turns playing doctors, nurses and patients and even think of what ailments they will cure. Sometimes they come with incredible ideas to progress the game.

Going On A Camping Trip

Children can recreate a camping scene by making a tent with used bed linen and a stick and stay inside it.

They can also share stories with each other to make the experience even closer to actual camping and have lots of fun in the process.

Yoga meditation with kids
Yoga / Meditation

Studies have shown that teaching kids mindfulness practices can build children’s attentiveness, respect, self-control, and empathy, all while reducing stress, hyperactive behavior, ADHD symptoms, and depression.

Physical exercise to do at home for kids

In order to raise a happy, healthy, strong, resilient, and capable generation, physical movement is a must. Children need to learn to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle from a young age. Regular physical activities offer a wide range of benefits for kids:

 

  • helps kids cope with stress
  • helps them develop the capacity for freedom
  • promotes healthy growth and development
  • helps improve confidence and self-esteem
  • gives children the opportunity to develop healthier social, cognitive, and emotional skills
  • helps build a healthier body composition, stronger bones, and muscles
  • helps in building concentration and coordination from an early age
  • gives them the opportunity to learn new skills
  • makes them feel good
  • helps them maintain a healthy weight
  • improves motor skills, strength, and stamina
  • lowers the risk of several diseases
Examples or physical activities are;

The more time we spend together especially doing these beneficial home activities, the closer we become as a family.

Stay Safe
Kim

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