While going to the park, to the mall, out of town, or even out of the country is a fun and exciting way to let your children learn, you have to admit, it isn't that easy to orchestrate. A great deal of time and effort goes into a lot of logistical concerns—child safety, traffic routes, budgets, schedules, and even the weather! So here are some ways you and your child can make staying at home equally fun and exciting.
MAKE A MESS. They love doing it anyway, so might as well inject some learning into it.
Give your child scratch paper or old glossy magazines to crumple and tear (don't use newsprint because the ink will only stain your child's hands). Make sure the paper is not too crisp to avoid paper cuts. You can pre-crumple the paper to be sure. Show your child how to crumple and tear paper into tiny pieces using your hands and fingers. Paper tearing and crumpling are pre-writing activities to prepare you little one's hands for grasping a crayon or pencil in the near future.
MAKE A MAZE. Or an obstacle course. Rearrange your play area in such a way that your little crawler/walker needs to figure out how get from one point to another. Toys at the other end of the line can be used as the prize destination. You can make it as simple as getting from point A to point B in a straight line, or complicate it with a turn or two. Use empty boxes they can crawl through, or a mattress and pillows they can climb over. Not only do you help them develop their gross motor skills, you also help them learn to follow directions, developing their problem solving skills.
MAKE NOISE. Allow your child to bang things to his heart's delight. Gather anything you can find in the house that you and your child can make noise with—pots, plastic plates, ice cream tubs, spoons, and cups. The idea is to avoid using traditional toys and be as creative as you can. Don't just make noise, take the opportunity to teach your child the difference between soft and loud, fast and slow. This is also a good activity to teach your child expression and creativity.
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