Activities Parents and Children Can Do Together
Time out is important for children and adults. As an adult with a highly
structured schedule, you may view time to play with your child(ren) as
almost a "waste of time". Yet, you and your child need that
relaxing time together.
Commercially, we have dozens of props from which to choose: Sports equipment,
games, toys, videos. However, the most fascinating activities may come
from the "something from almost nothing" category. These ideas
represent a variety of skills and attention as the child creates and you
work near by.
Collect cereal, pudding, gelatin, oatmeal, etc. boxes, clean milk and
juice cartons...develop a city on a garage or basement floor where streets,
trees,and stop signs can be drawn in with chalk.
On a day, unrelated to the activity, create a list of things from nature
and file it away. Later, take a walk and collect...it'll not be as fresh
in your mind and will be challenging for all.
Using 4 to 10 plastic dish pans, fill each with something different:
styrofoam packing pellets, straw, sand, pebbles--with the last one being
water. Roll up pant legs and step through bare-footed. If children under
3 years of age participate, avoid small items that could be placed in
One cup detergent, 1/2 cup glycerin, 1 gallon water. Thread 10 inches
of kite string through two plastic straws and tie into a big hoop. Push
knot back in straw. Place detergent mixture in plastic dish pan. Carefully
dip hoop in soap and lift. Bubbles will drift out.
Spray clean counter with mounds of shave cream. "Finger paint"
and create with foam.
I. . .
. . . am thinking of something...to eat that starts with the letter
. . . see something you don't see...give clues (ex: and it's blue).
Take time out for a little fun. It'll be memorable for you and your