So you have the little one at home, huh? Being a stay-at-home parent is an incredible experience to be able to bond with your child. It can also be stressful as you also have a million other things to do, and a tiny you is needing constant attention and supervision.
Stay-at-home parents, babysitters, and older siblings have all wondered how to entertain the tiny terror. Here are some ideas of types of activities that are not only engaging but will help the child learn.
Arts and Crafts
One of the best ways to teach your child to be creative is to give them a blank sheet of paper and let make whatever they want. Kids love coloring, painting, and drawing. You could also give them a coloring book and let them choose how to color it. Along the way, you can help them learn colors and what items should be what color.
Art will teach your children to think about how to make a certain shape or line. They can create their own masterpiece and color everything on a whim. They can also start to realize that they need to color the firetruck red or the water blue. It helps teach motor skills as well.
Blocks are a classic kids toy. It seems that almost every kid grew up playing with blocks, legos, or some other variation like Lincoln Logs.
These types of toys help teach children motor skills. They will eventually learn to stack the blocks without knocking the tower over. They learn patience as they watch their creation slowly come to life. They can be creative and make what they want.
Blocks are the epitome of what a kid’s activity should be, a fun game or activity that teaches the children skills without them even knowing it. The more they get into it, the better off they are.
You know those toys that have different shapes and a hole that matches each shape? Those are a great example of a toy that teaches kids to think critically (this is a big thing for them after all), and it allows them to come up with creative solutions to figure out which shape goes where.
Sorting of any kind helps children learn organization and teaches them to do things that may be hard at first. It even helps create a foundation for learning math later on in life. Let’s face it, most of us can use help in that department.
Kids will probably try to start singing on their own. They hear mom and dad or the characters of their favorite shows or videos singing and join in. (Baby Shark getting stuck in anyone’s head about now?)
You can always invite your kids to sing songs and sing with them. It helps them to learn about music, express emotion and helps them speak better. Plus, children singing songs and messing up a bunch of words is adorable. Unless you are the one that has been subjected…I mean treated to, a never-ending live performance of “Let it Go.”
Anything involving the alphabet can be utilized in this category. From having foam letters to fridge magnets, most children love learning how to form words.
Learning the alphabet is very important as it needs to happen before writing and reading can be possible. By integrating such activities into your daily routine, you are giving your child an opportunity to increase their mental capacity and intelligence.
Children love races, so challenge them to spell a word and then time them to see how long it takes. They will enjoy the “competition,” but also gain valuable experience.
I remember my mom first showing me what happened if I put vinegar and baking soda into a container together. It was such a cool moment!
Science experiments are awesome ways to teach kids about the world around them. Assuming they are a little older, children can start learning basic science principles. They get to play with the “unknown”, and usually, they do not expect the results.
Have your children make guesses about what will happen when you do an experiment and then teach them why the reaction turned out that way.
A really common and awesome experiment is giving the kids oobleck. Oobleck is simply water and cornstarch. When impacted, the mixture becomes rubbery and firm. When resting, it’s more of a liquid. Kids will love the different reactions.
Children have an incredible ability to learn. By giving them fun activities that will increase their knowledge, you are setting them up to continue to learn their whole lives. If you didn’t see any particular activity that you liked, look up common daycare activities and see if any of those look like winners. Your child’s mind is ready to explore, help them to take off.