The year 2010, the age when video games and internet have replaced good old fashion playing and imagination. Below you will find a list of things you can do with your young children. that does not involve video games or internet.
Collages with construction paper. All you need is some colored construction paper,colored glitter, glue, plastic scissors, and a white poster board. Have the kids draw and cut out all different shapes. Pour some glue on the shapes, add some glitter, then have them glue the shapes the way they want them all over the white poster board. You will be surprised at what a good time they have thinking up things to glue onto the poster board.
Painting unpainted ceramic figures. Go to your local arts amp; crafts stores, Micheals is great for this sort of thing, JoAnne Fabrics is as well. Pick out some small little ceramic figurines, they usually run around $1.00 to $3.00, depending on the size you get. Buy some paint brushes and some paint, and let them paint them however they want. Young children love making things they can give to their Mommy’s and Daddy’s.
Dressing up in grown up clothes. This is one of those fun things that all kids should experience as a child. Dressing up in Mommy’s or Daddy’s clothes is not only fun, but you can get the best pictures out of them as well. Get some of your fancy clothes that you really do not wear, and let them have fun. You can even show them how to have a funny fashion show to show the clothes off.
Making cookies and cupcakes. Kids love making and eating anything that has to do with sweets. Buy a few cake and cookie batters, some sprinkles, icing, and make a day out of baking. Kids will not only enjoy making their own treats, they will enjoy eating them as well.
Movie day with Mommy and Daddy. Have your child or children pick out three different movies that they want to watch, buy some popcorn, and candy and make a day of it.
Playdoh days. I have to say, that my young children, even my teenagers still love to play with Playdoh. I can buy three, six packs of Playdoh for under $7.00, and it will keep them occupied for a few hours at the least. Make sure you buy all different colors, with some plastic utensils, and cookie cutters. I can guarantee they will want to do it more then once.
These are just a few things you can do with your young children at home. Yes, it is the time when other things seem more exciting to them, but if you bring back the basics of imagination, you will see that they will actually like it.
Also, a sensory gym that provides a clean environment for children will allow them to become active with physical training and forgo laziness.