As your child grows you need to introduce activities that can help hone and build their intelligence and start their educational exposure at the same time. It is also best to start them as early as you can. But of course, you have to make it fun and entertaining in order for them to enjoy it.
Now that my daughter is almost three, I had a ton of experience when it comes to activity ideas for kids. What I keep in mind with these activities is that it needs to transitions along with your child. It also needs to be flexible and versatile in order to fit your child’s interest and taste.
Here are some ideas that I have done for the past few years that I think seemed to work wonders for my baby girl. Of course, not all children are the same. So use this guide as a stepping stone for your own personalized kiddie activity ideas.
Books, Stories and Imagination
I started reading fairy tales stories to my baby girl as soon as she was kicking inside my tummy. This activity is the most versatile and can be used consistently as our child grows up. What you just need to remember is that you need to change your approach on how to execute your story telling.
You can use funny voices, exaggerated pitches and facial expressions to keep your child attentive. This is what I did for my daughter and now she mimics how I read each story. Observe how they reach and use the method you think that makes them enjoy the story the most.
I am a fan of outdoor play when I was a kid. Now I want my daughter to experience the same thing. I let her get dirty, run around the playground, explore Mother Nature and enjoy being a kid out in the open.
Let your child’s curiosity and explorative side wonder. Let them learn on their own and enjoy it at the same time. This is also a good means of honing your child’s social skills as they interact with other children.
Let your child be a doctor, a chef, an astronaut anything they want. Let them imagine what they want to be. Help them create their future by engaging in their role play. Make them feel you support them every step of the way.
Scribbles and Doodles
Buy washable and toxic-free markers, loads of paper and coloring books for your little artist. Allow them to squiggle, sketch and create their very own unique work of art. Keep these as mementos of your child’s first artistic creation. I did.
Music, Dancing and Singing
AS the saying goes, “a happy child is a singing and dancing child.” Play the ABC song or even Disney theme songs. Let your child explore the world or music and allow them to dance and sing along with it. Right now my daughter’s favorite songs are “How far I’ll Go” from the movie Moana and the Sesame Street “Alphabet Song.”
Let Them Explore
The best activity ideas for kids in my opinion is to let them explore as much as possible. Do not limit their wonder and deprive them of learning because you are scared they might get hurt. Remember that pain and failure is one of your diving forces in becoming a better person.
What you can do is to make sure they are safe wherever they go and to always be a few steps away from them. But try your best not to interfere with them especially if your see them deep in thought or in a trance because of their curiosity.
These are just some activities that you can use and can be used for a long time. Like what I have mentioned before, just make sure that the activity your will give your child will match their attitude, interest and educational capacity.