Divya Sainathan is a writer and editor with a special interest in early childhood education.
Tired of running around your home with your ever-energetic child? Here are some off-beat indoor activities to keep your bubbly preschooler super charged at home, and you less exhausted
It's one o'clock in the afternoon. My 2.5-year-old son is standing by the door, demanding to be let outside. He never gets bored of playing in the mud, sigh!
He watches each of us like a hawk, waiting for a slip-up. The door cannot stay closed forever, duh! There are those E Com and food delivery guys with their cartons, and yes, the AC service guys and the random salesmen. The door needs to open, just a crack, and my kid gets his tiny foot out! The only thing that can keep him inside is that dreaded Frankenstein monster of our times, screen time! Sounds familiar?
It is not easy for parents at all. We all keep trying to engage our children in meaningful ways. We give them options — reading, painting, puzzles, building blocks but our little ones are not impressed; they want new adventures all the time. Do not leave your child alone with these objects, no matter how safe they may appear. Children instinctively tend to put things in their mouths. Run-of-the-mill activities just won't cut the ice, definitely not with today's generation. We've got to step up our game. Here are some fun and creative ideas to keep your children immersed indoors. And these are simple too — you won't need more than four easy-to-obtain items for these activities, we promise. Activity-extension: Children can paint fruits on trees, or draw animals using fingerprints. With some practice, help your child paint a story. What fun! Finger painting can also be used for counting activities.
Please note: All the suggested activities must be done under close adult supervision. Do not leave your child alone with these objects, no matter how safe they may appear. Children instinctively tend to put things in their mouths. You do not want any of these items to go into your child's tummy or even into her ear or nose. Nor do you want him to re-decorate your home, do you?
There you have it. At least a little respite for you, we hope. While you still need to be around, we have saved you from some huffing and puffing. And some great fun and learning for your child. Here's to happy indoor times ahead!
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