Guest post by Mirandah Hanson – an editor and writer from the RunnerClick.
Miranda is a mother and an outdoors enthusiast. She has written on a wide range of topics, from health and beauty to combat sports and everything in between. She is also an avid researcher, experienced in compiling and synthesising data from a plethora of sources alongside specialists and professionals to extract useful information and present it to the reading public.
Family Activities and Fun Things to Do With Kids
Every parent is invested in the development of their children. Games and toys are an indispensable part of childhood that can influence a child’s development. They can assist with the development of motor skills, perception, social skills, imagination, empathy, improvisation, and more. To find suitable toys for your child, do check the recommendations here.
In this article, you will find various games that will both entertain your children entertained and help them learn something new.
Build a castle made of blankets and pillows
Blankets and pillows make great props for a variety of creations. Build a structure out of blankets and pillows and create different play scenarios to go with it.
- Encourage your children to defend their castle from dragons and other intruders.
- Use it as a tent and pretend you’re on a trip. Sandwiches eaten on the floor are often much tastier than the same sandwiches eaten at the table.
- In winter, scatter the pillows on the floor and jump from one pillow to another like you’re jumping between “icebergs”. Anyone who “falls into the water” can be eliminated from the game. See who lasts the longest.
Pirate treasure under the pillow
Holidays can be a time where children spend an excess of time in front of the TV. Break the cycle with this activity instead. Organize a “treasure hunt” and pretend you are pirates. You can improvise and create masks using headscarves, or blindfolds. Pretend that you are on a tropical island where you are searching for some treasure in the form of a blue cup, a red pillow, a cardboard box, or something similar.
Arts and crafts in nature
If you’re heading outdoors with the kids, it is not necessary to carry a backpack full of toys and materials to keep them occupied. You can encourage them to design and create their own fun. Nature and art go perfectly with each other. Each pebble has its unique shape, color, size, texture – it contains artistic elements that can be used when creating drawings in sand, mosaics, or when making three-dimensional models.
Use fallen tree branches to make natural painting brushes or modeling tools. Have the child spend time collecting a variety of leaves that they can then transfer to paper. They can learn about colors and shapes along the way.
Origami for those with attention to details
Origami is a fun paper game you can play with your child. You can fold simple origami shapes, such as a paper plane. Draw the crew and passengers on a separate paper and then glue them to your plane. You can give each passenger a name, figure out what he is doing, where he lives and fill in all the details about his background. This game is a fun way to develop your children’s fine motor skills. Your children will also learn new words, develop their imagination and creativity. They can also learn about new professions.
Make a play
You don’t have to take your child to the theatre or make a big scene at home to do a family production. You can borrow a script or create your own. Let their imagination run wild as they learn to memorise their lines and ad-lib to their play. Children can discover whole new worlds through the plays they perform.
Hide and seek with toys
Hide a toy somewhere in the house and ask your child to find it. Explore with it; use the terms “warm” and “cold” to help your child find its hidden treasure. You can use a light to point where the toy is located. Vary the game and hide multiple objects at one time. Hide and seek teaches children problem-solving, develops their listening skills, and engages their memory.
Around the age of three, children are ready to play games according to predefined rules, such as various board games. Each board game has written on its box for which age is recommended, how long the game lasts and how many people can play it. Select one that is appropriate for your child’s age and level of development.
Outline your bodies on a large cardboard
Let your children lie down on a large piece of paper or cardboard and draw an outline of your child’s body. This activity encourages your children to exercise self-control while lying still as you draw. Give your children some crayons and let them add to their outline by drawing in the eyes, nose, mouth, clothes, and clothes.