Having children can be one of the most fulfilling things you get to do in your life. To watch them grow and develop is a privilege. But sometimes it can be quite difficult to occupy them, especially if you seem to have a bit of free time at home. Although a lot of my time is taken up by studying at the moment, it’s also important to ensure that the time you do have with your children is quality. With that in mind, I thought I would share with you some of the activities you can do with your young children that provide perfect bonding opportunities.
Baking with children can be quite a messy activity. But one that children seem to love. Of course, it’s best if your children are toddlers and beyond. It enables you to teach them skills such as counting. However, it also presents opportunities to teach basic hand-eye coordination skills. Like placing ingredients in the bowl and stirring things together. It’s a great activity where all involved can have fun. There are some excellent baking resources online with websites like http://Mixitbakeit.com.
Enjoying the garden
There is something quite nostalgic about being outside ,and your garden is the perfect place to let young children explore. It’s close by; it certainly doesn’t cost anything, but yet it can provide some amazing experiences. From learning about insects and nature through to being active and playing. Your garden should be a space you utilise more frequently when you have young children. No matter what age they are, the fresh air is great, and the experiences are priceless.
Heading out for a walk
Being outside, in general, is perfect for children and adults alike. So heading out for a walk somewhere new is a great activity you should be doing more. It’s a chance to see different things and experience new places. It’s a great opportunity to encourage your children to be more active. It’s so important that children spend less time on technology based fun. With more focus and time exploring using physical activity and imagination.
Crafts and painting
Arts and crafts are amazing opportunities for young children. From encouraging exploration through messy play through to creating masterpieces. It helps to teach your children valuable skills along the way. Young children love an opportunity to get messy so painting can be a great thing. It also provides you opportunities to discuss colours and help teach your children consequence. For example, mixing two colours together creates a new colour entirely.
Sometimes you want to encourage play that isn’t particularly staged or managed. Imagination boxes can be created to let young children set up their own version of fun. It could be dressing up clothes or for younger children something sensory for touch and smell. They also create excellent opportunities for teaching different skills. It can be as simple as utilising what is in your kitchen cupboards. For more ideas check out www.pinterest.com.
I hope this has inspired you to try some different activities with your young children.