Staying home during this frustrating Covid-19 situation can be a challenging task.
In this article, we shall share some supportive and beneficial measures that anyone can follow to set up a healthy activity routine for your children. This article will help you and your children to stay productive while staying home.
These fun activities for kids are easy and can mostly be done with everyday items that you have around the house. Best of all, none of these require an electronic device or an app, so you do not have to worry about too much screen time. All of this whilst building a strong bond with your child and helping them to develop some of life’s key skills.
- Finger Painting
Be certain to engage your child in finger painting, either with paint, pudding, or shaving cream. It develops your child’s hand-eye coordination and muscle control.
Using a brush or small utensil supports the development of fine motor skills (small muscle control). Whereas working on large sheets or a frame helps to grow large muscle control (Gross Motor skills).
- Solving Puzzles
Puzzle activities make learning fun for kids. Many puzzles include early learning skills like letter recognition and letter sounds, counting, visual sensory work, fine motor skills, and sensory skills. Your child will develop a keen relationship between what their eyes see, what their hands do, and what their brain relates to the present information.
Small and precise movements, like the movement of fingers to place a puzzle piece in its correct spot are a fantastic way to enhance problem solving skills.
Puzzles are great for developing:
- Fine motor skills
- Eye-hand coordination
- Visual-Spatial skills
- Receptive and Expressive Language
- Learning location words
- Combining words into phrases and sentences.
For early talkers, puzzles are excellent to expand your child’s choice of vocabulary. Usually, a puzzle will target a selected category like zoo animals, water animals, transportation, etc. Start by modeling the name of the piece and then allow your child to repeat the name before you hand over the next piece
- Color sorting activities
Sorting activities are some of my favorite toddler activities. Training kids about colors and shapes is a great method to give them some language for portraying the world around them.
Sorting objects, matching shapes, colors, and then pictures help build the visual perception and thinking skills. Children can generally sort into colors before they can identify the name of the colors. There are many different color sorting activities to play at home.
Sorting and grouping things is an important cognitive skill. It teaches your toddler to notice similarities and differences, learn to categorize and develop early literacy and numeracy skills. Teaching children about colors and shapes is a great way to give them some vocabulary for describing the world around them. This opens up new and exciting avenues for verbal communication.
- Playing Instruments
Learning to play an instrument can have an incredible impact on the development of your child’s brains. Listening to and generating music helps children to learn patience, reading ability, and hand-eye coordination to name a few. Playing an instrument helps develop essential brain networks, and the more contacts we have, the quicker kids can think. Most significantly, music is entertaining and if your kid is having fun learning to play an instrument, their mind is exposed to learning.
Playing an instrument in the initial years has a helpful and positive effect on your child’s growth. It can get them moving, intellectual, and motivate imagination.
Music education plays an important part in your child's mental, emotional, and intellectual abilities. the music rises blood movement in the brain.
Every single time your kids hold their instrument to rehearse something, they will have to insert a portion of their behavior and personality into it. This gives children a well and calm method to channel their internal creativity.
To finish off, the tips above can offer fulfilling opportunities for the parents as they see their child develop day by day, picking up new skills through fun. It is always a proud moment when you see your child learn something new and special when you have been a part of the reason they have learnt that new skill.