Kids are imaginative and if you remove all the tech from your house and supply them with paper, pens, markers, scissors, glitter, and glue, then they just might become an amazing artist.
Drawing is a great hobby because your kids can do it anywhere and you can create an on-the-go art kit for car trips or when you are out-and-about. Many universities, museums, and libraries offer affordable drawing classes for kids of all ages. And if you don't have something like that in your town, then you can try Youtube, Udemy, or a number of drawing books.
Not only is cooking a great way to build a relationship with your child, it teaches them invaluable skills that will stick with them for life. I began teaching my daughter to cook since she was about three. Through cooking, she's mastered metric and Imperial measurements, understands the difference between mass and volume, and is an excellent spoon licker. Not to mention that she is really great at knowing if something is missing from the soup. Give it a try! After all, if you are cooking every day, there's always an opportunity to do it together.
Ah, the lost art of sewing. My mother was taught how to sew as a girl, but somehow, she forgot to teach me...probably because sewing at home lost its luster with consumer retail becoming so readily available. Despite my lack of instruction, I taught myself how to sew and now my little one is learning. You could definitely teach your kids how to sew. It's fun, but requires a ton of patience.
If you have a high-spirited child with a curiosity for the outdoors, then you should consider taking up backpacking together. Backpacking is a little expensive to get going, but once you do, you will love it. Backpacking is a great combination of physical exertion, camping, and enjoying the beauty of nature.
Stop by your local outdoors store to ask how you can get started with kids. They will be able to point out good hikes and all sorts of other stuff.
Give a kid a seed and he'll see how the world truly goes round. We all know that food comes from somewhere, but by introducing your child to the process, he will become closer to it than ever. You can start small in containers or you can create a big ole garden in the back yard. Let him choose a few vegetables to plant on his own, but be sure to teach him the basics of gardening.
Board games are kind of amazing -- they teach kids teamwork, logic, and how to be strategic. You could introduce your child to a new board game every week or every few weeks. Eventually, you will know what kind of games your child likes and then you can begin collecting those kinds of games. Consider starting with the classics like chess, Monopoly, checkers, Scrabble, and Clue.
Like gardening, fishing teaches kids about their food. And it is also a great way to spend a summer morning before the sun bursts out. Kids under 12 can fish without a license and it will be super easy to teach kids...if you can do it. If not, watch a few Youtube videos and wing it.
We've been studying animals for the past three weeks and everyday, we pick a new animal to read and learn about. Today we learned all about White-Tailed Deer since they've been all over the city. It made sense. After we did some reading and exploring, we decided to make a book.
The ebook below has tons of information and worksheets for you to do with your child if you want to do the unit too. (I'm soooo behind on posting the days for first grade, but I promise, they are coming!). Anyways, I hope you like it.
Teaching physical science can be pretty tricky for the kid who asks soooo many questions. I have one of those kids. She wants to know when rainbows first came into existence and how to heck does gravity ACTUALLY work. The textbook just doesn't do it for her.
Because she is a kinesthetic and visual learner, I have to provide experiments that teach her the properties and principles of everything. I'm okay with that; it just requires more prep work than the auditory kid...or the kid (me!) who writes everything down and remembers it forever.
Currently, we are doing physical science in our first grade curriciulum. Last week, we learned about solids, liquids, and gases, and because the concepts were so simple, an experiment wasn't required...well, almost not required...we did do a Sink and Float experiment, but that was just because it's fun. Science is fun.
This week, we are talking about light. And I just know that when she wakes up, she's going to want to know how light works. What is refraction? How does light bend? How can light through water make rainbows? Oh goodness, it's going to be a long week of exploration, that's for sure.
To be on the ready, I've planned a few experiments for the week to help her understand light as best as possible at the ripe age of six. I've laid them out in question form, so you can use them based on your child's questions...hope it helps!
I am a firm believer in letting children make 'messes'. No, no, I am not talking about the stinker who pours his glass of freshly pressed kale-apple-parsley juice all over the newly clean white carpet.
I am talking about messes that serve a creative function. Or messes that teach children about responsibility. I let my daughter get messy and I don't freak out when she makes an unintended mess.
Since summertime has come early this year, I decided to let her to her most favorite thing. Paint the concrete patio outside. I simply pour globs of red, washable paint all over the place and then give her a paintbrush.
Oh, and she does this in her undies. She is a little free-spirit.
I understand for a lot of parents, that it can be difficult to let your hair down after a long workday (or maybe you don't work) and grant your kids artistic freedom. Trust me. I had a hard time doing this. I grew up with strict "no-mess" rules and in the beginning of my daughter's childhood, I enforced those rules.
Until I saw that it hampered her spirit. It hampered her ability to learn from those messes. Most of all, it was stressful.
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