Home Activities for Children
Did you know that there are dozens of street games you can play at home?
The main factor in quality time practice is that the child and parent can spend time alone.
Most of the parents remember the games they played in their childhood, the hustle and bustle of the streets, their excitement and joy. However, this generation, who does not know how to enter the house and spends most of his time playing with friends outside the house, has been replaced by an individualized generation who has not been out of the house, spending time with television, computer games and a smartphone.
Considering that children become the prisoners of the misuse of technology, become lonely and disappear in the virtual world and virtual games every day, it is time to help them complete their activities (development, physical, social, sensory, cognitive and language areas) in a healthy way. Spending at home, you should do family activities, play games, spend quality time.
The main factor in quality time practice is that the child and parent can spend time alone. What to do in this time can change according to personal preferences, time and environmental conditions.
The activities and games you can do with your child are:
Snowball: You can turn the waste paper in the house into a snowball by squeezing it with your hand. You can throw these snowball-shaped papers in the basket you put at a distance where your child can shoot and have fun.
Let's Try It: You can talk about the colors, shapes, sizes and lengths of these objects by putting different objects such as chickpeas, beads, paper clips and rubber on the table.
What's in the Box?: You can ask your child to guess what this object is by asking 10 questions or giving hints about an object you put in the box.
Collect Colors: Ask your child to pick up a pegs from a basket with different colored pegs. Ask him to find the items that are the same color as the latch he received and show them to you. You can talk to your child about the colors and the items they show.
Dancing with Ribbons: You can ask your child to dance in accordance with the movements of the ribbon by shaking the ribbon you hold in your hand with music. You can accompany this dance with your family.
Newspaper-Magazine: While reading newspapers and magazines, you can talk to your child about the pictures, write speech bubbles to the people in the pictures, or even prepare a home newspaper or magazine.
House Sketch: In this event, you can create a bird's eye view of the house by drawing square and rectangular shapes on a paper or cardboard. You can then sketch your home by placing the items in the house in the shapes that represent these rooms with your child.
Imagination: You can build a city with your child using different beads, buttons, aluminum foil, small pieces of fabric, and do different things in line with your child's imagination.
Heavy or Light ?: Put objects of different weight, such as feathers, cotton, pencils, paper, books, toy cars, scattered in front of your child. Then ask them to blow and move these items. You can spend time chatting about why moving objects move, why non moving objects move, and weights.
What's in the Balloon?: You can ask your child to buy one of the balloons you put different objects (lentils, chickpeas, flour, beans, beads) and to guess what is inside the balloon by touching it.
Let's Do Housework: You can list the housework to be done during the day. Such as folding clothes, arranging drawers. Plan how to do things with your child step by step. Make a division of labor. You can have a pleasant time doing your housework with your child accompanied by a music.
Little Chef: Every child likes to cook and spend time in the kitchen. You can make an easy recipe you like from a recipe book with your child. And you can take this food preparation process to the camera.
Family Album: You can edit the album with family photos with your child and talk about family members and relatives in the picture.
Comics: They can create their own comics by arranging and pasting cartoons or pictures cut from various magazines and newspapers, and then adding the desired speech bubbles to the pictures.
Holiday Memory Book: You can edit the photos taken on family holidays on the computer, and write interesting events that come to you under the pictures. You can create a holiday notebook in the same way by printing these pictures.
Repair Time: Every household item can be a toy for the child. Children often wonder what's inside the objects. You can try to repair your child's broken car or a television remote that doesn't work.
1,2,3 Motor: Using a video camera or your mobile phone's camera, it can record the work you do at home during the day or family moments. By distributing roles to family members, you can make short films and watch with the family in the evening.
If this did not happen: Put some objects (Pen, tape, bottle cap, eraser, etc.) that you found at home in a box and say to your child, “What would it be… if not? Where else can this be used? ” You can contribute to the development of your child's imagination by asking questions such as.
Reading Time: Set a reading time that the whole family can join at the same time. Children want to see their parents reading a book. You can also separate certain times of the day as reading time.
Pantomime: Ask your child to do the same thing you do by doing it. You can have a pleasant time by imitating each other's movements.
Find Let's See: You can ask some of the items in the room, such as the desk clock, a book in the library and ask your child to find these items.
Sock Throwing: You can try to hit a target that you put a little away with your socks that you take out from your feet and roll it up. You can do the same with your child in a mutual competition.
Guess: You can ask your child to close his eyes and to guess what texture the object you gave.
Sort: By drawing different amounts of balloons on a few cards, you can ask your child to rank them according to the number of balloons on their cards, ranging from less to more or less.
Avcı: In this activity, one of the family members wants one or more objects that can be found at home, other family members try to find the desired ones by going hunting in the house. It will be successful as soon as possible and bring exactly what is desired.
Camping at Home: You can camp at home by lining up the chairs in the house, cover a large blanket and prepare a tent.
Box Games: You can spend nice and quality times by playing box games (Jenga, Checkers, Chess etc.) with your child.
Apart from these activities and games, it can plan activities that can perform painting, pasting, cutting processes that can improve handicraft skills. You can play in the games like Kobe, Camel-Dwarf, Yes-No, Corner Catch at home.
Don't see playing games and activities as a chore with your child! The game is an important educational tool that contributes to your child's development. It should be remembered that the passing time is not coming back, you should know the value of every moment with your children and evaluate it well.
Source: Atilla, M. "What Should We Play Today? Family Games" Interest Children's Publications, 2016, Istanbul