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Learning through play: fun activities for kids

Mon, 12 September 2016

image 537Your toddler is learning every single day and at an accelerated rate. There are a number of fun activities for kids that can have a huge impact on how your child grows and affect areas such as how they socially interact with other children, how they perceive themselves and also how they will think in the future.

Here are some forms of play that can help your toddler to grow and develop:

Ball games

Getting your toddler to engage in ball games can prove highly beneficial for their development and is just one in the long list of fun activities for kids. It helps with hand-eye coordination, a sense of timing and improving attention span. It will help with their general judgement skills as they will need to work out how to roll, bounce and then throw the ball. They will also learn social skills such as team work and coordinating with others.

Building blocks

Building blocks and shapes are great for helping to develop your toddler’s hand-eye coordination skills, logical thinking, and giving them a general understanding of shapes. Building blocks will also help your toddler to develop skills they’ll be able to use later in mathematics due to the problem-solving and analytical aspect of the activity. The strategic nature of building and working out how many blocks they will need to successfully achieve their goals will also help them develop planning skills. This achievement and sense of accomplishment will help to increase their self-esteem and overall awareness of their capabilities.

Painting

Painting is great for fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, as well as giving kids an opportunity to unleash their creativity. They’ll also be learning cognitive skills as they witness the consequences of actions they have carried out. They will explore new colours and learn how these connect to their senses and emotions. This outlet means that children are able to express themselves better and experiment with releasing thoughts and feelings. The sense of accomplishment will also be very rewarding for them and help to build up their confidence.

Music

Music is an extremely expressive medium and can affect so many areas of your toddler’s development. Listening to music will enhance their listening skills, make them more sensitive to sounds and also give them a chance to move their body in time with a melody or rhythm. It will open up different parts of their brain and get them to engage with language and vocabulary.

Pretend play

Pretend play can be counted as one of the most natural and instinctive processes when it comes to fun activities for kids. It allows your toddler to develop problem-solving skills, helps them develop the ability to mimic real-life situations and encourages them to express their emotions. Some of the most important developments are the social and communication skills that are gained when playing with other children. Their imagination will evolve rapidly and they will make significant advancements concerning language and vocabulary. And finally they will become more aware of themselves and the role that they play in a wider context, which is sure to come in handy in later life.

Photo by Rafiq Sarlie

Child Abuse

Mon, 8 August 2016

Warning Signs of Daycare Abuse

Listen to your kids and take them seriously if they tell you something about daycare that makes them uncomfortable. Some children can't or do not want to talk about these things, but there are other cues to watch for that could indicate a problem at daycare.

  • Things to look for that could indicate daycare abuse:
  • Changes in behaviour or extreme mood swings.
  • Changes in bed-wetting, nightmares, fear of going to bed, or other sleep disturbances.
  • Acting out inappropriate sexual activity or showing an unusual interest in sexual matters.
  • Sudden acting out of feelings, or aggressive or rebellious behaviour.
  • Regression to infantile behaviour or clinging.
  • School problems, behaviour problems.
  • Changes in toilet-training habits.
  • Fear of certain places, people, or activities; an excessive fear of going to the day care facility.

Physical Abuse in Daycares

Physical Indicators:

  • Unexplained bruises and welts on the face, throat, upper arms, buttocks, thighs or lower back in unusual patterns or shapes which suggests the use of an instrument (belt buckle, electric cord) on an infant in various stages of healing that are seen after absences, weekends, or vacations.
  • Unexplained burns, cigarette burns, especially burns found on palms, soles of feet, abdomen, buttocks; immersion burns producing "stocking" or "glove" marks on hands and feet; "doughnut shaped" on buttocks or genital area.
  • Rope burns.
  • Infected burns indicating delay in treatment; burns in the shape of common household utensils or appliances.

Behavioral Indicators:

  • Behavioural extremes (withdrawal, aggression, regression, depression).
  • Inappropriate or excessive fear of parent or caretaker.
  • Antisocial behaviour such as substance abuse, truancy, running away, fear of going home.
  • Unbelievable or inconsistent explanation for injuries.
  • Lies unusually still while surveying surroundings (for infants).
  • Unusual shyness, wariness of physical contact.

Sexual Abuse in Daycares

Physical Indicators:

  • Torn, stained or bloody underclothes.
  • Frequent, unexplained sore throats, yeast or urinary infections.
  • Somatic complaints, including pain and irritation of the genitals.
  • Sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Bruises or bleeding from external genitalia, vagina or anal region.
  • Pregnancy.

Behavioural Indicators:

  • The victim's disclosure of sexual abuse.
  • Regressive behaviours (thumb-sucking, bedwetting, fear of the dark).
  • Promiscuity or seductive behaviours.
  • Disturbed sleep patterns (recurrent nightmares).
  • Unusual and age-inappropriate interest in sexual matters.
  • Avoidance of undressing or wearing extra layers of clothes.
  • Sudden decline in school performance, truancy.
  • Difficulty in walking or sitting.

Mental or Emotional Abuse at Daycare

Physical Indicators:

  • Eating disorders, including obesity or anorexia.
  • Speech disorders (stuttering, stammering).
  • Developmental delays in the acquisition of speech or motor skills.
  • Weight or height level substantially below norm.
  • Flat or bald spots on head (infants).
  • Nervous disorders (rashes, hives, facial tics, stomach aches).

Behavioral Indicators:

  • Habit disorders (biting, rocking, head-banging).
  • Cruel behaviour, seeming to get pleasure from hurting children, adults or animals; seeming to get pleasure from being mistreated.
  • Age-inappropriate behaviours (bedwetting, wetting, soiling).
  • Behavioural extremes, such as overly compliant-demanding; withdrawn-aggressive; listless-excitable.



Article from: Daycareabuse.com
 

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