Chores don’t have to be boring –think about how you can turn them into a game.
The way you play with your child will be different from your partner or other family members –variety is great for your child’s development.
Children don’t need to be stimulated every minute of the day – get active with them when they’re fresh and full of energy, and try quiet activities or songs when they are tired or grumpy.
Try saying things like “'I wonder what would happen if…' or ‘You seem to be having a problem with … what can we do?'
When children hear words that match what they’re looking at or thinking about, it helps their language to develop.
What to play and how.
Problem solving skills are developed through inventing new ways to play with the same toys. Unless there is an obvious safety concern, try not to jump in or interfere.
eg for noisy or ‘outside’ toys.
Repeating favourite activities can be boring for you, but it’s great for their brain.
You’ve been playing hide and seek for what feels like all morning… and now they’re begging you for just one more game.
While playing the same thing over and over again is probably driving you more than a little batty, it’s good to know that there’s a reason that your child keeps asking for more. It’s because their growing brain connections are stimulated by the repetition which, in turn, helps them to master new skills.
In fact, for children, playing is how they learn best. Whether it’s playing peek-a-boo with your baby, answering your toddler’s pretend phone or full-on imaginative play with your preschooler, it’s all helping pathways in their brains develop and grow stronger.
These 'Tiny Adventures' are quick, fun, free family activities that take between one minute and one hour. Select a few based on how much time you have, then let your child choose - it only takes a minute to make a memory! (Thanks to Christchurch’s All Right campaign for letting us share Tiny Adventures with the rest of New Zealand)
You’ll need: A few balloons, a felt pen, a fly swat or paper plate, strong lungs and quick hands.
Blow up your balloon then tap it to each other without letting it touch the floor. Can you keep two balloons in the air?
You’ll need: A sock for each person, a pen, stickers, or buttons and glue (optional)
Extra: Give your puppet a name?
Draw, sew or glue on some eyes and hair
You’ll need: Some soft sand (or dirt) and large sticks
You’ll need: Music and your dancing shoes!