Vacation are here, and it means that the kid’s interaction time with mothers increases. A lot of mothers are worried on how to keep kids engaged and productive.
Keeping kids involved in fun and productive activities is tough. I have found some amazing and simple activities to keep the kids engaged. You can try them out and share your experience in the comment box.
- Stacking cups
Stacking is fun, and a kid can spend a lot of time with stacking stuff.
Put all the stacking cups upside down as shown in the video then allow the kid to stack them.
Sometimes kids can create their own game and see how my kid created his own stacking game:
Skills: Creativity, focus, and concentration, fine motor skills, critical thinking
- Two or more bowls
- one spoon
Put the beads in the bowl and allow your kid to transfer it using spoons.
Note: you need to demonstrate your kid once
- One bowl filled with water
- One bowl empty
- a spoon
- Put the bowl filled with water and an empty bowl in front of the kids
- Give the kid a spoon
- They will create amazing ways to transfer the water
Toddlers fishing game:
- a bowl filled with water
- one or more empty bowls
- some colored sheets and fish stickers
- a scissor
- Take a bowl filled with water and two empty bowls
- put some fish stickers in the bowl filled with water.
- Allow the kid to cut their fishes and put in the water.
- Give them spoon to allow them to catch the fishes and transfer to other bowls.
See the video demonstration.
Skills: fine motor skills, creative thinking, consistency, focus, grip
Paper cut out stories
- a paper
- a pen
- a scissor
- Make any object telling kids its characteristics.
- Then cut the object out.
- Create a funny story on that cut-out.
I drew a baby cow and cut it out. See the picture below
Ahmad saw a baby cow. Ahmad cut it out. She ran to her mother crying.
Mother Mother, “Ahmad cut my ears” ( I took the pen and highlighted the ears)
The Mother Cow said, “Look there are your ears.”
The baby cow smiled but then started crying and said, “But Ahmad cut my tail.” (I took the pen and emphasized the tail)
The Mother cow said, “Look this is your tail.”
The Baby Cow smiled, but then he felt sad and said,”Mama, I think Ahmad cut my legs.”
Mother Cow replied,”Can you walk for me and bring that grass.”
The Baby Cow moved swiftly and giggled, ” I have my legs as I can move but what about my horns.” ( I took the pen and emphasized the horns)
The Mother Cow gave a mirror to the baby cow, “See your horns.”
The Baby Cow felt happy and said, ” I am all fine.”
Modeling clay stories:
- Some soft toys
- modelling clay
- Create dough models
- Then tell an amazing story
The model helps the kids to visualize things much better and improve their interest.
See the sample models I made
- Card sheet of various colors
- some glittered sheets
- Make any scene with various patterns on the card sheet.
- Allow the child to cut the patterns with you.
- Then create a story on that card
see the sample below
Ahmad’s Mama wanted Ahmad to sleep early. He tried to sleep in his room but he couldn’t.
He dragged his bed out and saw a beautiful night. It was dark, and he saw the crescent. He saw the stars and started to count them.
One, two, three, four, five…….., nine and then he slept.
Skills: Vocabulary, picture description, storytelling, Imagination, creativity, concentration, and focus
- wooden beads
- dough balls
- any other material that can be arranged
- You can give the beads to the kids and ask them to arrange.
- You can also make dough balls and ask and let the kids arrange them.
The following are some of the arrangement techniques I tried with my kids:
Skills: creativity, arrangement sense
- A drawing of anything
- colored dough
- Make small balls of different colors and other patterns from dough.
- Take a picture and then ask the kids to press the balls and patterns on the picture
- See the video demonstration of the method:
Skills: creativity, critical thinking
Ringa Roses of vocabulary:
Sometimes kids aren’t in the mood to sit still and learn. For that, I invented this game. I play Ringa Roses and then roam all around the room and touch different objects. I ask my kids to name the objects I am touching. This helps him to utilize the energy in something productive.
Skills: Vocabulary, exercising
Hope you enjoy the post. Please share your experience with the activities.