First, identify what kind of learning experience that you want for your kids to achieve
Though it is not mandatory, most parents nowadays are inclined towards learning through play. If you say, well I just want my child to have fun, then fine, good for you and your child. If you say, yes, of course he should learn something from his activities, then now it’s time for you to jot down these learning points.
- Having fun at home
- Revising things that he has learnt at school ( that can be simple math concepts, alphabet recognition, things like that)
- Learning new vocabularies
Are you done taking your notes? OK, now, let’s move on to number 2.
Now, list down what kind of activities do you want your children to do
- Sensory fun
- STEM activities
- Simple crafts
- Gross motor activities
- and so on..
Ok, next, we need to get ideas where to find resources for this activities
- Hands on as we grow. I love this website specifically because the activities presented here is super easy to prepare or require no preparation at all. Jamie (the author of this website) really encourage parent to do activities with kids, and through her newsletter as well I became more motivated to do more activities with my children. She even has a sample of weekly activity plan for you to take a peek. Check it out here.
- Gift of Curiousity. This site is full of printables. If you are printable lover who simply loves to print and give some fun activities to your kids, this is the site to browse. I love that her activities and printables are catered to even elder children such as kindergarten and early primary school students.
- Powerful Mothering. Nicolette is a very smart and crafty lady, in my opinion, that designed many cute crafts for play. If you like DIY projects to do with your kids, this site is the way to go. Check out her busy bag series which are very simple to make and guaranteed to get the kids occupied for long.
Get a spreadsheet and do the planning.
Now, congratulations, you have just finished your activity plan.
Hey, don’t you think it is a great achievement for a busy mama like you? Yes, of course. Great job, mama!
- Some times, things went unplanned, you didn’t have time to prepare, and the day is simply gone without any special activity for your kids. That’s OK, give a pat on your back and promise that tomorrow it will be better.
- Sometimes, your kids does not like the activity that you planned. Well, it occurred to me, A LOT. But I also learnt that he may not like this activity today, but three or six months later, or a year later, I can see him getting so engrossed in that very same activity. So, please know that your effort is not wasted. If it is printables, keep it and try to give it again next time.
- Don’t get your self overwhelmed. If planning one month activities seems like a huge task, start with one- week planning. Did I tell you just know that Jamie has an awesome weekly activity planner that’s FREE to download? Yes, you hear it right, it’s FREE and you can get it from here.
Now it is your turn! Start planning activities for your kids and incorporate these tips as you go. Let me know in comments, does you plan works, or fail? I’d love to hear your opinion.
PS: Want to know my child’s response on his special activity this holiday? He called it surprise. And every time he caught me preparing for his ‘play’ or printing some printables, he would say, ‘Thank you mommy, thank you mommy‘ numerous times. Take a peek on what he had done during holiday here.
I believe he knows that I made an effort for planning and preparing for his activities. And for that, he appreciates what I’ve done. And I believe, even though I am not there every day to watch him play, he knows by heart, that mommy is thinking about him, every single day.
quiet books says
Great post. Quiet books are way better than anything else you may choose to keep your toddler quiet and engaged while making them learn.