Regular physical and mental activity has both short- and long-term benefits for your physical and mental health, including lowering your risk of disease, strengthening your bones and muscles, improving energy, and decreasing stress levels. People need to be educated on the benefits of exercise and how to incorporate daily physical activity as early as feasible.
Physical and mentally stimulating activities should be emphasised in early childhood services and childcare as an important component of a child’s development. Play and task-based activities and games that mix physical activity with a child’s interests and talents should be provided for them regularly and with much attention. This is true even when looking for activities you can share with them at home.
Spend Time Cooking Together
Kids don’t have to make an entire meal with you to reap the benefits of being in the kitchen. Have your child add one ingredient to the bowl, sprinkle a pinch of salt onto some veggies, or stir a couple of ingredients together. Reframe “cooking with kids” as having children be a part of our lives in the kitchen, welcoming them into how we prepare meals and feed each other. One way to do so is to get them their own cute children’s cooking aprons.
The more you happily coexist in the kitchen together, the more comfortable you’ll be with having your child help with simple tasks and eventually spending quality time cooking together. Even starting as young as babies sitting in a highchair, narrate what you are doing while in the kitchen. Talk about what they see and hear and what scents might be coming from what you’re cooking.
“I just chopped some onions and added them to a hot pan. Can you hear the sizzle and start to smell the onions cooking?” And watch their reaction. And as they get older and their curiosity grows, make sure you equip them with children’s cooking aprons to protect their skin and clothing from burns, stains caused by cutting vegetables and cooking oil. Moreover, having their own aprons would further motivate them to help around with food prep.
Enjoy Time in the Outdoors by Gardening Together
Toddlers enjoy spending time outside exploring nature. Your toddler will find plenty to explore in the garden, and if you’re prepared with a few toddler gardening activities, you can make the experience even more enjoyable. Gardening with toddlers is a great method for parents and children to spend time outside.
Let your child dig and scratch with small plastic garden tools. Toddler tools include large kitchen spoons and measuring cups. Talk to your toddler about earthworms as “garden helpers.” Curious kids will enjoy digging for worms and holding one in their hands for a few minutes. Let your toddler move small ornaments, such as pinwheels, around the garden. Help your toddler pick flowers and set them in a vase of water. Allow them to help add water to the vase as necessary. Show your child how to use a small, plastic watering can to water the plants.
And go ahead and show them how to protect themselves and their clothing with gloves and aprons. When you want your child to play indoors or outdoors, childrens aprons will protect them from dust, debris, stains, and other hot items. This is one more reason in favour of investing in aprons since they can double for outdoor use too.
Start Building Scale Models Together
Kids can be tremendously creative, but they sometimes need something particular to focus on to truly let their imagination fly. Scale models allow individuals to express themselves in a variety of ways, such as how they put together the model, how they paint it, or what extra elements they add to the finished item to make it distinctive. You may encourage them to exhibit their creativity and flair by guiding them through the construction process.
There are various assembly skills that your children can learn when creating a scale model, whether it’s a WW2 warplane, a 17th-century ship, an RC car, or the Millennium Falcon. Each new approach helps them improve their hand-eye coordination and dexterity, which is important for other early learning skills like handwriting. Just like with cooking and gardening, learning a new skill takes patience and effort, but there are many ways to help introduce your kid to scale modelling.
Spend Quality Time Reading Together
Not only is it a terrific opportunity to spend quality “face time” with your child, but reading together is essential for brain capacity development.
According to research, reading with your pre-schooler promotes early literacy. It helps children improve their language and vocabulary skills, as well as initiates interactions with their parents that foster greater comprehension.
Books that tell a tale as well as those that teach counting, ABCs, sorting and matching, and other basic games are ideal for this age group.
Help Develop All Their Skills with Pretend Play
Pre-schoolers have inherently vivid imaginations. Though they typically begin to pretend play at a younger age, their imagination truly begins to take hold around the age of three. They begin to dress up as cowboys, pretend to be superheroes or princesses, and play dress-up.
Aside from being entertaining, imaginative play allows children to explore with role-playing. Make-believe, like reading, allows children to practise activities they would not be able to do in real life.
When your pre-schooler smashes one toy car into another and then sends their toy ambulance to the rescue, or sends their aircraft to rescue their stuffed animal from the cliff that you call a kitchen countertop, they’re learning and practising crisis management in a very safe environment.
Imaginative play also improves language abilities since it requires children to think about things in words and repeat what they hear.
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Living in a tiny home with her not so tiny family, Kate considers multitasking to be her power as a caring supermum and wife. Whenever she's not in curled up in her writer's corner, covering various topics on kids and baby stuff, health, education, knowledge, entertainment or interior decor, you'd find her enjoying some quality time with loved ones, both indoors and out, sharing different experiences together; what better way to chase a writer's block away, right?!