Primrose Schools Dallas-Fort Worth
Indoor Activities to Help Children Feel Right at Home
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As adults, we know how frustrating it can be to be cooped up inside during the winter – especially when you’re excited to explore your new neighborhood! For children, the feeling is mutual. But, it can be difficult to keep your little one active indoors.
Try some of these creative indoor activities to get kids moving and acquainted with their new home:
1. Build a fort: Enlist your child to help find the perfect large moving box to decorate as a fort. Get creative and ask him to help you fill the box with blankets and other soft items from around the house. Between exploring the areas in your house and the physical challenge of building the fort, your little guy will exert plenty of energy and be ready to snuggle up for a story and nap inside his masterpiece.
2. Boogie time: Have a dance party with your child! Find some fun, upbeat music, turn up the volume and move your bodies together. You can play a game of FREEZE with the remote in hand. Tell your child when the music stops, you both stop and freeze; when the music starts again, you move to the beat. Not only will your child (and you) get some healthy body movement, it’s good practice in following directions and creating happy memories together in your new home.
3. Plan a Scavenger Hunt: Pick several toys or other objects and hide them around your home. Provide clues as to where the objects might be. Create a list with pictures or the names of the objects and have your child cross them off when found. Searching for items will help familiarize your child with the house and get her moving.
4. Stomp bubble wrap: Use up the extra bubble wrap you have from your move. Have your child pop it under her feet while practicing jumping up and down. You’ll want to get in on the action, too!
5. Bake a cake: Set up a special baking station with a stool for your child. Let him crack the eggs (always a favorite for children), pour the measured ingredients into the bowl, and stir the batter by hand. Once the cake is baked and cooled, let him spread the icing. This experience teaches children step by step sequencing, cause and effect, and gives them an opportunity to explore the kitchen in your home.
Now, it’s your turn! What are some ideas you have for helping your child stay moving and find adventure indoors this winter?
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