All Games For Kids And You To Enjoy Together – Activities For Kids At Home – Part 1

All Games For Kids And You To Enjoy Together – Activities For Kids At Home – Part 1

All Games For Kids And You To Enjoy Together – Activities For Kids At Home – Part 1

 

It’s a rainy day, too hot to go outside or too cold. What to do with your children can be a very stress questions to parents, especially if you are on a budget.

 

Some of the best activities I have done with my own children as well as children at the child care centre that I manage are simply, easy and best of all cost effective.

 

Thoughtful planning of activities along with demonstrating excitement and having tons of fun will make some of these days the most memorable. These are some of my favorite activities for kids at home.

 

Flubber Recipe

  • TBSP Borax (in laundry isle at walmart)
  • 1 Cup white school glue
  • 4 Cups warm water
  • 2 Bowls
  • Wooden spoon
  • Food Coloring (optional)

 

Instructions:

  • Mix 2 Cups of warm water, food coloring and 1 Cup of glue together
  • In a separate bowl mix 2 Cups of warm water and 3 TBSP of borax until it is dissolved.
  • SLOWLY pour the borax mixture into the glue mixture.
  • Stir with your fingers, this will start to coagulate.
  • Stir until is has a texture, and then it is play time.
  • This can be stored in a Zip-lock back for 5 days.

 

This will teach measuring, science, comparing and contrasting and social skills.

 

 

Ice Cube Art – Simple crafts for kids

  • Make ice cubes with food coloring or Tempra paint (can be bought at dollarama)
  • Place a popsicle stick in the center of it
  • Once they have formed a cube shape get some paper and have your children paint a picture!

 

This will teach chemical reactions, cause and effect, evaporation and physical changes.

 

 

How do things melt?

  • Place small items in an ice cube tray or Tupperware container and place them in the freezer
  • Once they are frozen, bring them to the table and discuss with your children how ice melts.
  • What types of things will make the ice melt (heat, salt etc)?

 

This will teach chemical reactions, cause and effect, evaporation and physical changes.

 

 

Spray paint Art for Outside – More Simple crafts for kids

 

What you need:

  • Spray bottles (dollarama)
  • Food coloring

 

Instructions:

  • Have your children spray the fence in your backyard and make pictures
  • This is also fun when there is snow, to color the snow

 

This will teach fine motor skills, colors, cause and effect and encourage language development

 

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What you need:

  • Cornstarch
  • Water

 

Instructions:

  • Mix 1 cup of water with 1 cup of cornstarch.
  • Now have fun getting messy and exploring different textures

 

This will teach fine motor skills, opposite of wet/dry, chemical reactions and sensory awareness.

 

 

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Quick Tips:

  1. Simple can be more enjoyable than spending $$ on toys.

  2. Think outside the box

  3. Pinterest is a great resource for activities

  4. Your pantry is a great place to start!

 

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Amy Gibson BCD, RECE

About Amy Gibson BCD, RECE

Amy, having earned a Bachelors Degree in Child Development, has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for the past 10 years. First working in an infant classroom, and then moving to JK, preschool and toddlers. Currently Amy works as a Supervisor of a childcare facility in York Region.

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