January 19, 2010

Let’s play: Ways to Keep Kids Busy

Busy children are happy children. Happy children have happy parents, but what do you do when you are stuck inside all day?
The early years of the child’s life are extremely important. The child is growing and developing. You can help the child grow and develop to the fullest. NECK & NECK is working to give you the best ideas to keep your kids busy and happy!  Here are some fun and easy indoor activities that your child is sure to love.

A Calendar for All Seasons

Make a large piece of cardboard into a calendar. Paint or cover the cardboard with paper and mark it off as a calendar. Numbers can be made or cut out of an older calendar and pinned or taped on day by day. This is an excellent way for children to learn the months of the year, days of the week, and numbers. A record of the weather can be kept by having small symbols represent weather conditions: a sun, raindrop,etc…

Number Puzzles

What you need:
stiff cardboard
safety scissors

What you do:
Cut the cardboard into squares or rectangles—all the same size. Use a marker to write a large number on each piece of cardboard.
For the number 1, you will not do any cutting. For all the other numbers, use a ruler to divide the cardboard into sections. For example, there should be 2 sections for the number 2, 3 for number 3, etc. This activity will help the children understand the number and allow them to count pieces of the puzzle that equal that number.


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