Kate’s Corner: Keep Them Busy
Posted December 22, 2009on:
Winter’s first chill is in the air, and some of us are even looking forward to snow. Winter break is just around the corner. Snow and vacation time are both wonderful, but sometimes they can combine to make circumstances at home less than ideal!
If the weather is too frightful for playing outside, and if your younger children are finding themselves at loose ends without the regular social outlets of school or childcare, keep the doldrums away and the TV at bay by making sure the whole family is prepared for indoor activity.
Create: Independent arts and crafts boxes should be readily available for your children. Include pencils, pens, glue, paper, scissors, glitter, yarn, ribbon, Play Doh, felt, fabric and anything else your child might want to use to exercise his or her creativity. Spread out some newspapers and see what they can come up with, with a lot of imagination and perhaps a little bit of glue.
Clean: Children soon realize that household responsibilities don’t take a vacation. The chores they do during a regular week should be completed, and parents can always add a few more – bearing in mind that realistic expectations are important. Some chores that do not require machine operations are: dusting, making beds, tidying bedrooms or playrooms, sorting and/or folding clothes, shoveling, washing dishes and sweeping floors. Don’t leave the little ones out! They love to be helpers! They feel important and “all grown up” when they are part of such an important family cleaning team!
Collect: Involve children in collections. Encourage them to research and organize something that is high interest for them, such as sports cards, pictures, recipes or music. If your child spends summertime collecting rocks, stones, shells or beach glass, now would be a great time to sort and display them! You can even allow your children to set up a “museum” to display their collections for a day or two.
Chill: Take some time to bask in doing nothing. Pick a day where nobody has to go anywhere or do anything crucial, and relax together as a family. Wear pajamas all day if you like, watch a favorite movie, curl up with a good book, or gather around a board game. Finger foods for lunch and maybe takeout for dinner will minimize the amount of work that needs to be done. Together time is the best time.
Happy Holidays are indeed possible! Keeping your children active and engaged during vacation will help keep the joy of the season intact!
Make learning fun!
-Kate Dust, EduKids Education Director