Mon, 17 October 2016
Do you ever worry about the effect the outside world can have on your child’s outlook on life? We all want our children to feel able to adopt a positive attitude as they grow and start figuring out who they are. This not only helps them in later life but also has an impact on how they progress through those all-important developmental years. As children are extremely aware of their surroundings, it’s important to start helping them to appreciate the good things in the world around them. There are lots of fun activities that can help with this, and making just a few of them part of your daily routine could make all the difference
1. Use positive language
Many people don’t realise it, but using certain words can have a negative impact on children. With this in mind, try to avoid saying things like ‘you can’t’, ‘that’s wrong’, and ‘that’s a mistake’ to your little one – the phrasing encourages them to focus solely on what they’ve done wrong. Instead, try to use encouraging phases such as ‘good try’, ‘keep trying’ and ‘better luck next time’. Adjusting the language that you use could help your children take a brighter, more optimistic view of their actions and mimic some of these positive phrases in their daily conversations.
2. Recognise positive actions and events
This exercise is a great one to introduce at either the beginning or end of the day. In the morning, get your child to tell you one thing they would like to achieve that day or something that they are looking forward to. Alternatively, at the end of the day, encourage them to talk about something positive that they achieved and what they hope to accomplish tomorrow. Getting into the routine of recognising positive events and actions is a great way to start or end the day!
3. Help them express themselves
Self-expression is a great way to generate positivity and boost self-esteem. Examples of this could be painting, keeping a journal or playing an instrument. All of these activities provide an outlet for your child’s emotions and help them start to harness their creative skills, find out what their strengths are and showcase their talents.
4. Get them to appreciate their surroundings
Bring your child into the present by getting them to take a moment to appreciate their surroundings. With so many distractions around, this simple activity is often overlooked. It could be exploring different flowers and aspects of nature in the garden or getting them to decorate their bedroom. Get them to observe and comment on what is around them and you’ll soon see them start to develop a positive relationship with their surroundings.
5. Gentle exercise
A little exercise can do wonders for your child’s mental state and release endorphins, which are sure to stimulate positive energy. Activities such as yoga and swimming can promote calm and relaxation, so that your child can focus on positive thoughts.
So there we have it, a selection of fun activities for kids to help keep them on the path to positive thinking. Making a conscious effort to incorporate these practices into their everyday lives is sure to pay off for years to come!
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Mon, 12 September 2016
Your 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:
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 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 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 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 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.
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