| www.jamaica-gleaner.com | CHILD MONTH FEATURE THE GLEANER, THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2020 S taying at home and practising social distancing is not the easiest thing to do, especially when you’ve got a house full of kids. You’re probably running out of ideas and are wondering how else to entertain the little ones and keep the family fun. Check out these 19 ideas: 1. PRACTISE THE ART OF LIST-MAKING Begin each day by making a list of what you want to do and share with each other. This helps build logic, sequencing and writing skills. 2. MAKE TIME TO READ A LITTLE EVERY DAY Access books online if you need to, at the Jamaica Library Service site under their catalogue link, at BookFusion (Code: ATHOME14) or watch videos of teachers reading popular stories at the Early Childhood Commission’s COVID-19 corner. 5. 8. Mobile Permissions has created a compilation of these experiences. Discuss what you see. What did you like best? What is one thing you have learned? 3. COOK TOGETHER Do you see shapes in the clouds? In the stars? How many stars can you can count? This is a terrific way to add practice in math, reading and following directions. Let your child design the menu and maybe put together a family recipe book by writing the recipes down together. 6. LEARN A NEW WORD A DAY 9. MAKE A THANKFULNESS Post it on the fridge and use it as many times as you can throughout the week. Have a family challenge to see who uses it the most! JAR 11. 17. HOLD A SCAVENGER SHOW AND TELL a piece of paper over them, colour them and see the leaves appear in great detail. You can count the veins in each leaf and see how each side is an exact copy of the other. Pick a jar and have each family member write one thing he/she is thankful for each day and place it in that jar. In time you can look back at them together and reflect. 4. PLANT A GARDEN AND HELP SOMETHING TO GROW HUNT Each family member can pick an object and present it or put the object in a bag and let other family members feel it (no peeking) and guess what it is. Clues are allowed! Hide objects around the house and challenge each other to find them within a certain time period – socks, cards, shoes – anything you can find. 7. PLAY TOGETHER AS MUCH AS YOU CAN This activity, especially during the current situation, is something your children can control and take pride in as they watch the seeds take root, and perhaps with time can provide food to help with doing activity three! 14. 10. FAMILY SCREEN TIME DANCE AND SING Try out some of these 19 COVID19 games we selected for you; or just play cards, dominoes and whatever games your family likes the most. 18. Pick a family-friendly or educational show that you all want to watch. Watch it together and talk about it afterwards. DINNER DISCUSSIONS Play music and/or listen to the radio each day. Talk, dance and sing together. 12. TAKE A WALK IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD IF POSSIBLE (MAINTAINING SOCIAL DISTANCE FROM OTHERS AT ALL TIMES) Pick a family member to start a discussion on a topic he/she finds interesting. Challenge him/her to lead the discussion at dinner. OUR 15. HAVE A PICNIC AT HOME GREATEST Look for shapes, colours, numbers. Play ‘I Spy’ together as you walk. 19. It can be outside or inside. Plan it and make it happen. BALLOON TIME NATURAL RESOURCE IS THE MINDS OF 13. MAKE ART TOGETHER USING WHATEVER MATERIAL YOU CAN FIND Blow one up and see how long you can keep it in the air. You can even draw on the balloon with a marker, decorating it before you play. 16.FORTIFY OUR CHILDREN Build a fort at home using cushions and blankets and then read a book together in your family fort. Be creative. Leaves make great art. Collect leaves together, place - Walt Disney Source: UNICEF Jamaica Happy Child's Month from @JamaicaGleaner Gleaner Jamaica @jamaicagleaner Jamaica Gleaner https://www.jamaica-gleaner.com
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