Preschool fun with household items
Entertaining kids all day can be tiresome. Coming up with new ideas, a break from the same-old, can be difficult. We have 5 fun activities to do with your preschoolers (and young elementary school aged kids, as well)! Did we mention that the materials can be found laying around the house?
Use their fingers: Finger painting entertains kids for hours. A great recipe is to mix shaving cream with primary colored, tempera paints. It is smooth and easy to use. Plus, it washes off easily. Another easy finger paint recipe is take 3 cups water and mix with one cup corn starch, then add food coloring. If making your own fingers paints just isn’t your thing, choose ones, Crayola makes some wonderful non-toxic, easy to clean up finger paints.
Mystify them: Cornstarch can create a whole slew of fun and amazing substances for kids to play with and be amazed by. Add water slowly to the cornstarch and have your child hand mix it. When the concoction becomes thick enough, you’ve added enough water. Now have your child try different things, form it into a ball, it might bounce! Or, pour it from hand to hand, it becomes more like a powder than a thick goo. Warning, this can prove to be a messy experiment.
Fortify them: Big boxes make for the best child entertainment. What looks like an ordinary brown, cardboard box suddenly becomes a castle being invaded or a rocket ship headed for the stars. If big boxes aren’t readily available, pillows, chairs and tables create a great structure to be covered by a giant blanket and then, leave the rest up to the child’s imagination. You can also find Little Tikes TikeStix Fort Building Set.
Use their noodle: Noodles might be your children’s favorite food but it can also become one of their favorite playthings. They are fun to string onto yarn and make very fashionable jewelry. Or glue them onto construction paper to make family museum works of art.
Have them hop: Hopscotch, that is. Hopscotch isn’t just for outdoors! On hardwood floors or tiles, put down masking tape to outline the 9 hopscotch boxes. Grab a couple of small objects to use as the markers and hop away. You can also find foam hopscotch boards like the Alex EVA on Amazon or the Channel Craft Indoor Hopscotch board found at Sears.
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