Parents of preschoolers worry endlessly about how to keep their child engaged at home. Designating a small area at home as an activity corner can be the easiest and simplest solution to your problem.
By Anitha Bennett
Preschoolers! That age group just out of toddlerhood with oodles of energy! Preethi Shri, mom of 3-year-old Varun laments, “Varun loves to play all the time but I’m exhausted towards the end of the day. I would feel blessed if he would sit and engage himself for even five minutes!” Indeed, many parents rack their brains to come up with ideas on how to engage their active preschoolers at home.
For all such parents, creating an activity corner can be a solution. An activity corner is nothing but a small space reserved at home for your preschooler to engage in activities without your supervision or help. You can design an activity corner with a specific theme or fill it with a potpourri of items depending on your child’s favourites. For example, a child who loves to pretend play can have boxes containing a variety of dresses and a mirror. A preschooler who loves to assemble and build stuff can have building blocks and construction kits in his activity zone, with a table in the centre. A child interested in art can have a colourful corner set up with boxes of crayons, paint and paper.
Here are some easy ways to create an activity zone for your little one.
Allocating personal space to children helps them channel their energy productively. It also serves the dual purpose of encouraging children to think independently and creatively and allowing the parents to get some well-deserved downtime of their own!
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your little one and start planning the coolest centre at home.
Anitha Bennett is a freelance author who has written books for children from preschool to preteen levels. She also conducts workshops for parents, teachers and children.
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