In our fast paced and high tech society, children have fewer and fewer opportunities to use and develop their creativity.
Children who are not given frequent opportunities to play may have a difficult time entertaining themselves as they simply do not know what to do without instruction.
All you need for this project is a spiral notebook.
Encourage everyone in the family to draw pictures of favorite activities and collect mementos from special events throughout the summer. Children love to go back through scrapbooks and albums and tell about what happened at each occasion. They will also be building their storytelling skills at the same time.
Cooking can be a fun activity for children on those rainy days they are cooped up inside. Take it out and ask your children to choose a recipe to try. Baking will not only be fun but will keep their minds engaged with things like counting eggs or measuring flour.
Its time to break out old clothes and costumes! Encourage children to make up characters and create a play to act out. They are the directors, actors, and producers.
They can use household items for props and create a stage by moving furniture out of the way. Record the performance and you and your child can watch it over and over!
Obstacle courses can be great outdoor children games or you can create one for an active rainy day game. Setting up cushions for tots to crawl over or furniture to crawl under can make for a fun activity.
Sit down with your family and think of fun ideas and activities you can do at any point through out the summer.
Write the best ideas down on individual slips of paper. Next, have your child help decorate any simple jar and label it “Boredom Buster Jar.” Place the slips of paper in the jar and at anytime during the summer when they are bored pull out a boredom buster!
Emily Patterson on behalf of http://www.primroseschools.com
Play gives children the chance to practice new skills over and over again.
Toys that give kids a chance to figure something out on their own-or with a little coaching-build their logical thinking skills and help them become persistent problem-solvers.
Instead of using ink pads when doing thumb prints (animals etc) use Hershey’s syrup.. kids don’t mind licking their fingers… Just be careful they don’t get too carried away and let it drip all over their papers.
Plastic bats are great for solo play but a disaster in a group. Select age and temperament-appropriate toys.
An impulsive thrower needs soft toys, not metal cars that he can use as projectiles. If a toy habitually excites squabbles among playing children, shelve it.
At 12 to 18 months of age, toddlers begin to become interested in the world around them.
Still, they view everything in terms of themselves. As they start to discover other people, they learn how to elicit reactions from them. As they continue to grow, they learn to socialize by trial and error.
Take the time to play and talk with your toddler frequently – the first step to avoiding tantrums is setting up good communication with your child.
Wrap old phone books in paper and let tots use them as low balance beams. This allows them to utilize their gross motor skills and practice balancing.
Make a snow globe with a baby food jar and some glitter. Parentntot.com for all the directions.
A quiet activity or a rest before meals or snacks is a good idea as a tired or energized toddler may well not be interested in eating.
Silhouettes are a very personal thing as no two are identical, so toddlers will love creating this unique card for their loved ones on Valentine’s Day.
Kids of all ages love to collect things, but toddlers make collecting a fine art.
Give your toddler a a plastic shoe box in the outdoors to collect sticks, leaves, pine straw, acorns… There is an endless supply of collection worthy objects out in nature.
During these important years, toddlers will enjoy playing simple games with their parents and other caregivers. But they also can start enjoying group games with other young children, though they’ll need adult assistance.
Think about something that you wish you could have done when you were a child. Here’s your chance to do it!
Did you always want to play with your sisters favorite doll and comb her hair, or with your brothers trucks to have drag races in the kitchen? Start having fun with it and your child will watch and want to join in.
A play date at a fast food restaurant may not be the healthiest choice, but it’s still a lot fun.
Meet at a fast food restaurant such as McDonald’s that has an indoor play area. You could just get drinks, or ice cream, or meet for lunch.
The kids will enjoy climbing in the play place and the moms will appreciate the time to visit with each other.
Paying enough attention to your child and making sure your toddler receives adequate stimulation during the time he or she is awake is also vitally important for avoiding bedtime showdowns.
Remember when choosing activities for toddlers to keep it simple.
Adults tend to make things more difficult then they need to be. Toddlers love activities such as playing with empty cereal boxes.
Empty refrigerator or stove boxes can be turned into fun play houses, boats, cars and castles with a little imagination. Your toddler can even decorate it himself.