I believe, if children are taught at a younger age to stick to a task, to focus and concentrate, it will help them for life. All they need is their parents’ undivided attention. It doesn’t work if as a parent I ask my child to concentrate on, for example, a puzzle and I keep busy with my chores, then he too will get distracted. I started involving my son in “transfer activities” since he was 2 years. Transferring things like pom-poms, beans, marbles, etc. can keep the child engaged constructively.Read More
My son is super excited about the shadow concept. So this “pair finding” game worked really well with him. He has matched these cards ‘n’ number of times by now. To bring in some festive cheer for this season, I am extremely excited to share this fun Christmas themed shadow matching activity and a free printable that you can download!Read More
Xmas fervour is in the air! This is one festival that is loved by all kids and many fun games and activities can be planned around it.
I did a quick Christmas themed activity with my son. We made a simple card with do-a-dot green color marker. Do-a-dot markers are children’s favorite. They help improve hand eye coordination as kids can direct the stamp at their exact aim on the paper. They are also very easy to hold.Read More
Touch is by far the most interesting and necessary of the ‘five senses’.
I focus on crafting projects for my son which let him explore all sorts of textures and allow him to actively use his senses as he explores the world. As a crafter I have a storage of various types of papers at home. And I find it to be one of the best sources to put his ‘sense of touch’ to work. Touching and sensing different types of material helps a child learn about their environment as a whole!
Last weekend, I crafted a construction hat (or hard hat) as we did a sensory play activity together. I had made a whole construction site for my toddler. The hat is made using only recycled material. And that big smile my little boy gave me looking at it, beyond words – true happiness! How great it feels when your kids appreciate your efforts and love the craft you make for them! Isn’t it mommies?Read More
This week, I showed my son the “Fire Safety” sensory tray and explained to him what it was. I filled it with (tiny toy fire engines, pulses, paper ‘fire flame’ cutouts, themed toys, etc.) The first thing he said after I finished was, “Mommy, let me first get an ambulance, police car and rescue helicopters too.” In a second, he made me realise that it was ‘pretend play’ only for me, but for him it was a very ‘real’ one. A three year old helped me understand all about safety so easily!The themed sensory trays give great exposure to colors and textures.Read More
Kneading the dough is a great hands-on activity.
Kids like to get their hands messy. You will be surprised at their imagination while they roll the dough.
This activity works for us very well. Shaunak enjoys it. He digs in, cuts, folds and makes stories out of it. He has fun with it for good half to an hour. It is a great sensory activity, to help them feel the rough texture of the flour and show them how it turns into a soft dough after adding water.Read More
Cooking is an essential life skill that all kids should start learning from an early age. To begin with, they can be involved in fire-less cooking. It is a great activity to develop sense of sight, taste and sound. It is an ideal way to boost a child’s self-confidence and teach responsibility.Read More
Its that colourful time of year again!
My son and I, together crafted a Holi themed floral craft to present to his playschool teachers using paper plates and bowls. Painting is one of the best fine motor skills development activities for toddlers. The random colors and strokes by my two year old perfectly suited the Holi theme.Read More
A Montessori – inspired, “hands on” activity for kids. My 3 year old, had oodles of fun during this activity as he got to play with the soapy water. Little did he know, he was actually strengthening his palm muscles. This is a fine motor activity as well as a sensorial activity. The washing and cleaning activities help making kids to be hygiene-ready. It instills in their mind to keep things clean and neat.Read More