During weekends or vacations, encourage learning and bonding by trying some fun, kid-friendly activities. There are a lot of easy do-it-yourself crafts that you can make. You can buy your materials at the craft store, online, or you can use what you have at home.
The best thing about doing activities at home with the kids is that you can bond with them in a place where they feel comfortable. It offers a great bridge for kids to learn how to keep themselves occupied in safe and fun ways.
Here are some simple, easy crafts that are fun to do with children:
Oil painting. Get creative with oil paints! You can paint paper plates, old newspapers and catalogs, and items found outside, like leaves, rocks, and small branches. Feel free to substitute watercolors, markets, or acrylic paints for this activity.
Pinwheel crafting. This is very easy and fun to do especially when the weather is nice. You just need paper, a pin, and a pencil. Children first draw or paint on the paper. Then, help them with cutting and pinning the wheel. Finally, let them run somewhere safe outside with the wind blowing the wheel.
Dough modeling. When creating dough for play, three ingredients are usually used: baking soda, cornstarch, and water. You just have to combine all the ingredients in a pan and stir continuously on medium heat. Add color or scent if you’d like, and that’s it! This is a fun and non-toxic activity! Kids will enjoy working with their hands.
If you think that your little ones are not ready for math, well, you might be surprised. Now is the perfect time to introduce them to the wonder of mathematics. They are full of curiosity, and would be thrilled to learn something new.
Math for toddlers is not actually difficult, but it can include a lot of hands-on and conceptual activities. Below are some of the beginner math activities you can try at home.
Shells come in different shapes and forms. You can buy shells online and nearby if you don’t have something ready at home and they are pretty affordable. Let your toddler group those that have similar shapes together. Add kinetic sand, bury the shells, and let your toddlers dig them for extra fun!
A simple and very easy activity to slowly teach toddlers is to count. All you need are apples and bowls. (Other kid-friendly fruit can be substituted for apples.) Start by counting the apples by placing them in a bowl. Then, count the apples by placing them outside the bowl. Not only this is a fun way of counting, it also teaches and enhances motor skills. To start with, let five be the maximum number of apples. Happy counting!
Print out various shapes on two pieces of paper. Make sure they’re colorful. Cut out individual shapes on one paper and start matching them on. Such an easy to max and learn shapes.
When starting for the first time, don’t get discouraged if your toddler seems uninterested. Try slowly incorporating simple counting into activities, and let them play from there.
Gratitude is not just simply the act of saying thank you; it is a developed skill that can ground children and help them appreciate the world around them – including you! At an early age, we can teach kids how to be grateful. With a little effort, we can raise them to be kind and humble.
How can we teach our kids to be grateful? There are lots of way, and they are very simple!
Let them list down the things they are thankful for. They can use words, pictures, or symbols to express their feelings, depending on their age and abilities. It doesn’t matter what they are happy about – it can be a new toy, a friend at school, or a recent trip to their favorite place. Explain that not all kids are blessed with what they have and experience, so it is important to treasure these moments.
Teach them how to share.Whether it is a snack or a toy, encourage them to share it with their friends at school or with the community. Sharing, especially with kids who are not as fortunate, is good practice and can teach children humility and empathy.
Set a good example. As parents, let us show our kids that we are thankful for the things and experiences we have, and that we are grateful for the family we get to share them with.
Grateful kids are happier and are more appreciative of the world around them. Gratitude encourages children to be at peace with themselves and during challenging situations throughout their lives.