Fun Activities for Kids-Parents & Nannies in Miami
It is important that children are not merely left to their own devices in front of the TV during the day. This will only get them so far and their social skills are likely to be of a poor level when they go to school on their own and have to interact with teachers and other children. That is why it is so important for parents and nannies alike to get children to partake in educational and interesting activities.
My own mother is an educator so I have had firsthand experience, and also perspective, of seeing the kind of activities she conducted with the children. In these examples, I have a look at some of the best activities to ensure your child’s mind is being tested and not allowed to fester in front of the television.
First things first here are some tips for developing language and literacy in children
• Talk and sing to your baby when you change his diaper, give him a bath, feed him lunch, or join him/ her in play.
• Help increase your baby’s vocabulary by asking “What’s that?” or “Where’s the dog?” when looking at and enjoying books together.
• Read stories before bedtime. It makes a good transition between active play and rest time.
• Take short trips to new places and talk about what is happening around you.
• Encourage preschool children to carry out steps to written recipes or to look at labels.
• Play picture-card games with your child.
• Point out words on signs.
Primary school children:
• Continue to read with your child even if he has already learned to read.
• Visit the library/ bookstores on a regular basis.
• Show children that you read books and magazines for information and enjoyment
Fun Learning Activities:
- Painting, Coloring, & Art:
Sure, your child may be no Van Gogh but painting and coloring in can be a great way to get a child’s creative juices flowing. Though, what may appear as a work of art to a parent may appear little more than a blob of blue paint on a sheet of white paper to someone else. This is a messy activity – don’t I know it – so it is advised that you get little ones to wear clothing that you do not mind getting a little paint on during these activities. Also, watch out to make sure your child doesn’t think it a good idea to eat the paint or use the paintbrush as a poking device on others. Make sure to be positive about the work your child produces so as to ensure they do not have any insecurity about expressing themselves.
- Reading and Writing:
This may seem like an obvious one but this is something that can be left to the side when all a parent wants to do is relax after a hard day’s work. But reading and writing is so important to our way of life that I cannot stress enough the significance of taking time to read to your child at an early age and then encouraging them to read and write on their own as they grow up. I recently discovered that picture books are declining in popularity as parents seem to think such books are bad and that they should only go for books that don’t contain pictures. But I don’t think this is true. At an early age having pictures and words together is more likely to get your children interested in books, rather than merely having words which can appear dull. And let’s not forget the market that is graphic novels.
- Outdoor Play:
Maybe I am jumping the gun in assuming that you have a garden. If you don’t then a trip down to the local park is another option, if not better. Playing out, if you rather, is an excellent way to get children to partake in exercise, as we all know how bad the statistics are when it comes to children’s obesity. If you go have more than one child playing together then this is a great way to get your child to learn the importance of cooperation and working with others. A fight to be next on the swings is an important way to teach your child how important it is to share and be receptive of others feelings.
- Days out in the Community:
Take children to the zoo or go down to local museums, such activities can bring a great deal of excitement to your child. Rather than staying in all day it is a good idea to get your child out into the big bright world to experience what it has to offer.
- Watching television:
You recall me saying that you should not allow your child to sit in front of the TV all day right? Well, I stand by that comment but there is nothing bad about allowing your child some time in front of the television. There are some good educational programs out there these days, as there is educational websites on the internet if you have access. Though, with such things, you want to keep it to a minimum.
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