We all want to raise our kid well, but let’s face it, some days are just harder than others. We all, especially children, need an encourager by our side. Encourage your children from the very beginning. A two year old should know you believe in him/her. Your eight-year-old should be free to dream big. You will be happy to know that it is never too late to begin encouraging your children. Young or old, they love to know you are confident of who they are. You can be their loudest cheerleader through every stage of life. We all have the potential for wonderful opportunities during these long at home days but don’t beat yourself up if you have a “fail” day. Here are a few activities that your kiddos might like that maybe you haven’t thought of. These activities can help them build skills and will give them exposure to new and fun activities. They will also give you opportunities to encourage and challenge them to explore and develop new skills.
**My kids loved it when I got out their raincoats and boots and let them stand on a chair at the sink and splash in the water
** Set out blankets and all the pillows you can fine and build tunnels and forts
**Put a couple drops of food coloring in yogurt and let them paint their highchair tray—they will be so excited when they can lick their fingers and find out that the “paint” tastes good too
**Put your little one in the bathtub in their swimsuit, with no water yet, and let them paint the tub with yogurt. Easy clean up since that is where they will need to end up after the 3rd idea as well?
**Kids LOVE to dress up—pull out a few items from your closet, jewelry, shoes and let them play dress up.
**Another painting idea is to use bingo daubers from the dollar store. They can actually paint pictures with these if they are a little bit older.
**I’ve been out for walks this spring and am already seeing lots of sidewalk art—go invest in some sidewalk chalk and let the kids draw, leave kind messages, play hopscotch games, think up their own games.
**In the church library we have many kid’s movies—call the office and make an appointment to come check some out, especially if the ones you have are getting old. 780-826-4801
** Give your grade schooler a roll of tape (.50 cents really) a ball of string and let them go. They will be blocking you out of their room (and blocking themselves in:), creating all kinds of designs in doorways. Give them scraps of colored paper and tape and let them design.
**Older kids will enjoy designing targets then shooting at them with their nerf guns, balls, bean bags whatever you have
**I have put together a sheet of our Missionaries, their names, what country they serve in, you could have your child choose a missionary and research that country, find it on the map, what foods they eat, how they dress, their weather, etc. It could be presented to the family with some kind of reward for completion. Let me know if you would like this sheet. I will mail it to your child.
** Institute a “Quiet Time” - works really well if you have varying ages of children, while the baby or toddler naps the older kids have to quietly entertain themselves in their room—legos, marbleworks, kinects, draw, read etc.
Above all pray for your children. They have had to make many adjustments as well and this time can be richly rewarding if we all work together with a commitment to nurture harmony and peace in our home life.
Focus on the Family has a great site with many free streaming resources available for families. Check them out at https://info.focusonthefamily.ca/focus-at-home