With so many activities for kids to choose from, what should you pick for today? Each child may have their own preferences — they may be arty, or athletic, but as a parent, try gently pushing them beyond their comfort zones, so they can learn more and experience new things.
If your child prefers staying indoors and baking cookies, see if he or she might be ok with gardening outdoors. Like baking, it’s a calm and creative activity, but it’ll get them breathing fresh air, interacting with nature, and hopefully appreciating the environment better. And if they like a boisterous game of football in the mud, encourage a boisterous approach to finger-painting indoors. Your sporty kid might find a different kind of release through art.
The most helpful websites not only suggest loads of different activities for kids, but also how to clean up after that muddy football game or finger-painting session. Here’s a list of the kinds of activities available, and when you might want to suggest each kind to your child. After all, the best place for them to try something new is right in the comfort of their own home. That way, they’ll develop the courage and curiosity to keep learning and exploring as they grow up!
Arts and Crafts — An arty kid can create endless worlds and characters with crayons, paints, magic markers, or the most of basic of art supplies. But if your child is particularly quiet, art may turn out to be their safe refuge for expressing their hopes and concerns — and an honest, gentle way for you to learn more about them as their parent.
Nature Activities — Some kids may prefer to stay inside, but fresh air and engagement with nature does wonders for a child’s physical and mental health! From simple walks outside to gardening, collecting leaves and rocks, or counting different kinds of birds, exploring nature will help your kid become more observant, more grounded, and more appreciative of our environment.
Science Experiments — Kids can be endlessly curious about the world, wanting to know how radios work or why soda fizzes. Safe, homemade science experiments can help to explain these small wonders, while giving your child that ‘aha!’ feeling in a fun, hands-on way. Even an arty or a sporty kid may enjoy the physical, creative aspect of science experiments, teaching them something new about the world around them.
Group Games — Childhood is a time when kids develop their interpersonal skills through play, so group games like Capture the Flag or Hide and Seek are essential ways for them to have fun with others. If your kid is shy, gently encourage them to participate in group games, so they can feel more comfortable around others.
Literary Activities — Even before they start reading, some kids love telling stories. As their literacy skills improve, you can use reading, writing stories and poems, and even putting on a mini-play as exciting ways to foster your child’s imagination. They’ll also develop confidence in their communication skills, which will be a big plus as they grow up.
Cooking and Baking — Few kids can resist the smell of fresh-baked cookies. Some kids may naturally gravitate towards the homey-ness of cooking, but if your kid prefers athletic activities outdoors, try baking a cake with them. It may calm them down, or they may love the sense of collaboration, of following instructions and producing a tasty reward at the end. And confidence in the kitchen will definitely come in handy when they become adults!
Music — Nearly all great musicians were first introduced to music at a young age. So there’s no harm in encouraging your child to play a musical instrument. Regular music practice fosters discipline, mental aptitude, creativity, and down the line, music can be a great way for them to pour out their feelings.