Each week in June and July, we will publish activities to do with children. We hope they will lead to some quality time for you and kids you care about.
Quality time happens when we least expect it, often around the smallest and least expensive events. You can’t schedule it. It doesn’t take a lot of time. Instead, it takes a lot of small moments. Be prepared for a “magical” moment when doing any of the things in our lists. As long as you are fully tuned into your child, you and your child can make an amazing connection. You could learn something really important about him. She could show you how important you are to her. Your hearts will connect.
Let’s bake. Bake a cake or cookies. Let your child help decide what flavor, color of icing, and decorations to use. Take pictures and share on the internet or FaceTime.
Let’s play an alphabet game. Play an alphabet word game. Start with the first letter of your name and name a place or thing that starts with that letter. The next person takes the next letter in the alphabet and does the same thing. Take turns back and forth until you have done the whole alphabet. You can name a category first, if you like. For example, each word has to be an animal, fruit, street name, food, etc.
Let’s make a calendar. Make a calendar with the birthdays of relatives and friends that are important to your child. Use the calendar to send cards. You can have your child make a card on the birthdays as they come up. Or, if the child is old enough, you could teach him how to send e-cards or notes.
Let’s play with a pet. Take your child and a pet out to play. If you don’t have a pet, borrow a neighbor’s pet. Where to take the pet will depend on the type of animal. For many it might be a park. For others it could be your yard or just letting them out of their cages in the house for some free playtime. Be sure to select a place that will be safe for the type of animal. Be sure birds are protected from other animals and prevented from flying away. Remember, some pets can’t be “taken out to lay” at all because moving them is dangerous to them. – like fish, for example.
Let’s do music. Sing, play music, or dance together. Plan a “show” that you can perform for your family. You can even do it for neighbors because you can perform outside and have seats placed far apart for social distancing. When you are willing to show your talents, you teach your child it is OK to be talented and to enjoy your talents.
Let’s play “Feeling Faces.”
Play a feeling faces game. You can find examples on the Internet. (Search for “feelings faces games.”) You can purchase a game you discover, use one available online, or get ideas about how to make a homemade version.
Let’s play ball. Teach your child to play ball against a wall. For younger children, use a nerf ball. For older children, if the weather permits, use a hand-sized rubber ball against the house or garage door outside. If you’re rained in, try bouncing against a basement wall. Count how many times your child catches the ball. Catching in a row is the most difficult, but you can make it easier by counting catches over a certain period of time. Make the time pretty short for younger children or those new to the game. For older children, spell words with a letter for each catch. With more than one player see who can spell a whole word without missing a catch. Make it harder by letting one person be the thrower and the other person be the catcher (and speller). This would be a lot like playing H-O-R-S-E in basketball.
For more activities see:
This Week’s Summer Activities (June 1)
This Week’s Summer Activities (June 7)
This Week’s Summer Activities (June 14)
This Week’s Summer Activities (June 21)
This Week’s Summer Activities (June 28)
This Week’s Summer Activities (July 6)