Activities Resource Pages (Basics of Caring for Children)
As an active dramatic play activity read a favorite children’s story, then have the children pretend to be characters from that story. For example, read The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown to the children.
Fun ways to teach children letters and numbers, learning to measure, fun idea for bubble-making, teaching children to throw and catch, making puppets.
Do the children drive you crazy when they have to play inside on rainy days? Children need active play every day. Taking children outside where they can use their large muscles to run, jump, skip, climb, hop, ride a bike, swing, and slide is the best kind of active play.
What do you do with children when winter hangs on, then slowly turns into spring? Activities may include: painting, singing and paper construction activities.
Everything is new again when you take it outside. Try chalk drawing, making homemade chalk, coloring with crayons, a science project using the sun, painting and music outside.
Children need to play outside every day, even in winter. Going outside to run, jump, yell, and wiggle allows children to use their large muscles and work off extra energy. Moving out into the fresh air is also healthier for children than keeping them inside a closed building where germs can easily spread.
Diversity activities teach young children to respect and celebrate the differences in all people. Learning about different cultural aspects offers new experiences for children.
Children often see adults exchange coins and bills when they buy things. As children grow and start to make choices, they learn that people, things, and money have value. These concepts form the foundation for understanding the importance of spending, sharing, and saving.
Stress is often thought of as a grown-up condition, but children can also experience stress. Stress in children can result from school, homework, friends, family disruptions, changes in routines, and many other situations.
The skills learned from team building are important parts of personal and group development in children. During team building activities, children have the chance to communicate with each other and work towards a common goal. By practicing being an effective team member and team leader, children develop confidence in their own abilities.
There has been debate among scholars about whether children learn to be leaders from their experiences or if leadership is something a person is born with. We know that all children have the potential to develop leadership skills.
Reuse is a large part of reducing waste. It can save us from having to buy new items, and reduces the amount of trash we throw way. Uses for reused materials are only limited by imagination.
Children learn about their world by pretending, and by using their senses.
Autumn offers a variety of opportunities for interesting learning activities.