The thing we love about children is their exuberance. But when they are forced to stay home or consequences keep them indoors, parents begin to look for outlets for their energy. This article has ideas to engage children, kids or teens. Some of them are easy, breezy and some events require a little more planning or set-up. Whatever your situation, take the time to read through the various types of entertainment and see what you can muster.
We have had to stay indoors with weather emergencies, but now with the Coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic knocking at our doors we may have to stay put inside our homes longer than we want. How do we amuse the kiddos? Yes, we have electronics, but this isn’t healthy play for a long period of time. What do we do with a generation that is always in “need” of material objects for entertainment?
Did you ever hear that expression, “Put your ear to the ground”? Can you hear the earth’s heartbeat? Yes, you may be a child (or still with a child’s heart). And you may be small, but the future of our world is in the children’s hands. So now, to the children: even though you may think that people are not listening to you, you have a voice and there are other kids who have taken steps to change their world, our world.
Between the times your child is born and as he grows, there is a great deal that you can do to ensure optimum music development. Early music experiences can a raise a child’s musical aptitude and help develop language skills and independence in very young children. Spend quality time with music, singing, listening, making instruments and, creative movement. Here are a few suggestions to help your child learn to enjoy music:
Most kids love to engage in extracurricular activities, such as sports, music lessons, dance, scouts, to name a few. But, could your child be involved too much and monopolizing his or her time? How much time is left for schoolwork? How much time is left for family? Where is the line between taking advantage of these opportunities and being overscheduled? The signs of becoming overscheduled may be subtle. Kids may become agitated, feel anxious or overwhelmed.
It’s fun receiving holiday cards in the mail to keep in touch with family and friends. But why throw these beautiful pieces of art away at the end of the season. A good “green” tip is to keep them from year to year and repurpose the cards with fun crafts that the children can make. Save the Christmas card crafts as memorabilia. When the kids tire of their masterpieces, the crafts can be thrown in the recycle bin.
From the time your child is a baby, he or she is learning about science. From exploring and observing how bath toys sink and float to experiencing weather changes on a walk outdoors, science is everywhere. They may not understand the concepts yet, but scientific learning is taking place As children grow they are naturally curious - every parent knows that kids question everything! Through hands-on, minds-on experiences and using their senses (sight, touch, sound, smell, and even taste), they learn about science.
Two Toddlers Sharing Do you have problems with your toddler sharing at play dates? Are you dealing with territorial battles? Problems with sharing are part of normal development in toddlers, but parents can foster sharing skills in young children with a few learning opportunities and offering praise along the way. Since toddlers naturally want to mimic adults, begin early by modeling behavior. As an example, if you are eating a cookie, break it in half and give part to your toddler while explaining that you are sharing this cookie with him.
Playing outside during the summer is healthy and promotes benefits from exercise, however a young child’s body cannot adapt to extreme changes in temperature. Children’s bodies absorb more heat on a hot day. They do not perspire as easily as adults, so they are less able to cool off by sweating. The Three Main Forms of Heat Illness Dehydration is the number one concern during summer activities. It has no age boundaries and can affect anyone from a newborn to age 100.
What is the place of toys in the classroom? A recent article detailing Germany’s toy-free kindergarten programs has sparked debate on the subject among parents and educators across the world.