Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Some Games for the lil ones enjoyment

1. A Book that shows Nature:

I would love to go for a nature walk with my preschooler Aankhi and while on our walk, we would collect leaves, stones, flowers and bark, etc. I would probably let her pick up different objects that represent the nature in my area and put one of each nature item in a small freezer bag and seal, label each bag with a marker pen (for example, "Yellow flower").

Tape the bottom side of all four bags together with coloured masking tape. So here's a book where Aankhi reads and "opens" or unzips the pages. This would help in building her vocabulary and reading skills,and also learn about all the different trees and flowers in the surrounding.

2. Paper Tennis Racket with Balloon Balls:

This is a simple yet fun balloon activity that is sure to bring out the tennis star in your little one! Take small paper plates and tape them to the ends of wooden sticks to create your tennis "rackets". Blow up a balloon for the "ball". Use a skipping rope to divide the "court" in half and see how many times you can volley the balloon across the line before it hits the ground. You can also use the plate racket to keep the balloon aloft or you can play a tennis game of doubles or triples, depending on how many children there are.

3. Animal Freeze Dance

You can play this with or without a song. Pick an animal and say: "Dance like a rabbit!" After a little while say: "Freeze." Then stop moving and call out another animal to imitate. Between animals say: "Freeze."

You can take turns with your child picking different animals to imitate. Pick animals that cover a variety of movements such as frogs, snakes, monkeys, elephants - or even dinosaurs!

This activity teaches children to listen to directions and encourages imagination.

4. Homemade Twister

Create your own twister game for you and your family! Get coloured construction paper and tape it to the floor. Then, make small cards to pull out at random to give the directions. So your child can call out the directions himself, you can simply draw either a hand or a foot and colour it the appropriate colour. For example, when your child selects a card with a yellow hand, he can easily interpret that he should put his hand on a yellow square. For more advanced children, you can add a "right" or "left" into the instructions.

5. Sink Soak

 This will keep your little one busy for a long time. Fill the kitchen or bathroom sink with some water. Then give your child plastic cups, spoons, and jugs to play with. She'll have a splashing good time! You may want to put her in a short-sleeved t-shirt so she doesn't get too wet. Make sure she's standing on a sturdy stool too.

6. Complete the sentence and repeat

This is a good memory game for car journeys, restaurants, or anywhere that requires you to sit still. One person starts the game by saying, "I'm going to the beach and I'm going to bring my..." Fill in the blank with anything you want, "flip flops", for example.

The next person then repeats the first line and adds another item, "I'm going to the beach and I'm going to bring my flip flops and my sun lotion".

Play continues around the group with each person repeating the items mentioned and adding their own at the end. Each player must begin with the phrase "I'm going to the beach..." and must list all items in the correct order. The game starts over when someone forgets an item or gets the order wrong.

It's also fun to change the opening line. Instead of the beach you can go to the park, the market, grandma's house, or wherever you choose.

7. Indoor Picnic

For those long winter days when you can't get outside, your little one will love having an indoor picnic. Your child can help you pack up a basket full of food. Together, you can then lay out a tablecloth or a sheet on the floor and put out plates and silverware. Then sit down and enjoy a wonderful picnic together. For extra fun, imagine all of the things that you see around you, things that you would have seen had you been having an outdoor picnic.

8. Eat the colors

Encourage your little one to eat fruit and show off her knowledge of colours. Cut up a fruit salad with strawberries, blueberries, oranges, grapes, honeydew melon, kiwi etc. Then call out, "Eat something red... eat something orange". She'll love picking out the correct fruit and eating it. You can try this with vegetables, too.

9. Giggle Belly

1. One player must lie down on his back. The next player lies down with her head resting on the first player's belly and the next player lies down with his head on the second player's belly. Arrange all the players until everyone is zigzagged across the floor, each with his or her head on someone else's belly (if possible, make the line into a loop so that the last player can put her head on the first player's belly).

2. Then, the first player shouts, loud and clear, "Ha!" The second player responds with a vigorous, "Ha, ha!" then the third player chimes in, "Ha, ha, ha!" Continue until all players have shouted out their "Has" or (more likely) have dissolved into uncontrollable laughter, with heads bouncing on the bellies of giggling friends, uncles, cousins or grandmothers.


10. Guess the toy

Play "I Spy" with your child using a selection of small action figures, balls, stocking fillers and items received in party bags.

Spread them out and take turns giving hints about the toy you're spying.

"I spy something you wear on your face." (Sunglasses)
"I spy something round." (A bouncy ball)

11. Body Paint

Paint your Body with all colors you want :)

12. Creating Collages

Gather a stack of old magazines and catalogues. Choose a theme with your child and go on a hunt for pictures connected to the theme (food, farm, family, animals, seaside, etc.). Cut out any pictures you find related to the theme. You can then spend time classifying and sorting the pictures (for example, for food, sort by food groups or by vegetables and meats or by meals). You can count the pictures and talk about what pictures you didn't find. Once you've finished sorting, glue all pictures down on a piece of construction paper to create a collage and a great poster for your child's room.

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