15 activities to keep children occupied at home – Apple …
No school ? Can’t get your nose out? Small apple offers you 15 very simple activities, tested and approved by the editorial staff, to help you get bored.
3 things to do with nothing
◊ Play endless sentence
The first says a word, the next repeats it and adds another, the next repeats everything from the beginning and adds an additional word, and so on. A story without a tail (or a head?) And a good one memory exercise.
Hush! When we mime, we don’t not allowed to speak. It’s your turn to start: imagine the beautiful ball in your hands. Play for a moment with: dribble, put it on your nose, throw it up in the air and catch it … then delicately entrust it to your child, always silently.
It is up to him to continue bringing this ball to life before passing it to the player following. When the form is exhausted, choose another: a long stick, a large box, a cloth…
◊ Play guessing games
What suitcase are we preparing? We put … a big blue coat, a white scarf, a pair of boots … It’s that of Mum ! We put on a striped jacket, red pajamas, green slippers … It’s Victor’s! We put in it … a brown jacket, a navy blue toiletry bag, a beige sweater … It’s that of Dad !
3 things to do with paper and pencils
◊ Funny guys
Cut out an A4 sheet in 2 in the direction of the height, to obtain 2 strips of paper. Each player receives a strip and takes it vertically. Up, he draws a head. Then he folds the strip to hide his design, leaving only the bottom (here, the neck).
The next player continues the guy by adding a bust, then he folds the tape in turn for the next to draw the legs, and the feet to finish.
The older ones will put it More details : hat, scarf, pockets, handbag, lace-up shoes… funny creature ! Can we find a name for it?
◊ A paper silhouette
Unroll a roll of kraft paper, a tablecloth or an expired road map on the floor, and ask your child to lie on it, spreading their arms and legs slightly.
With a big dark felt, trace its silhouette. Then it’s up to him to draw himself: face, clothes, shoes, nothing should be forgotten… A good way to decorate the door of his room by becoming aware of his body!
◊ A mirror design
For older children : place your child in front of a sheet, felt in hand. Place a small mirror on the table behind his sheet so that the child can see his hand and his sheet.
Prohibition then to look at what we trace elsewhere than in the mirror. So quirky, this house?
3 things to do with what’s in the kitchen
◊ Jewelry with straws
Cut out colored straws in small pieces (the child can completely handle the scissors himself) and make bracelets and necklaces by threading them on strings.
◊ A race with boxes of cereals
Cut out the two large sides of a cardboard cereal box. Demarcate a journey through the kitchen. At the start, the player places a card on the ground and puts his right foot on it. Then he places the second box side by side, and puts his left foot on it. And so on until arrival.
It is forbidden to put both feet on the same box or to jump to advance the box. If there are multiple players and multiple boxes of grain, organize a race !
◊ Modeling with salt dough
Mix 1 glass of fine salt, 2 glasses of flour, 1 glass of water. For color salt dough, nothing could be simpler. If you want it to stay « edible« (It’s still very salty!), Use food coloring. Otherwise, from the gouache in tube is enough. Just have a ball of « neutral » dough and a ball of colored dough.
It’s a good constraint to solicit more children’s creativity. Shape small subjects. The next day, cook in the oven at 100 ° C (the cooking time varies according to the size of the modeling).
3 things to do with what’s in the bathroom
◊ Play soccer with cotton
Lightweight ! Lightweight ! Who will arrive at blow hard enough on the piece of cotton to mark « a goal » at his opponent’s, on the other side of the table? Pfffff!
◊ Organize a fashion show
With bath towels, you can invent a bunch of extravagant outfits. Pins prohibited! For the fasteners, we manage with knots, clothespins, barrettes, elastics. And if the terry cloth isn’t enough, come on, open up the costume trunk and the supply of old fabrics.
◊ Discover the powers of the sponge
Give your child a clean sponge and two basins. One full of water, the other empty. To him transfer water from one to the other, with the sponge as the only tool. Enough to experience the principle of saturation and learn to mop up … always useful forage we experience, no ?
For the taller, if we are not afraid to transform our kitchen into a swimming pool, we can organize a race : who will have poured out a liter of water as quickly as possible?
3 things to do as a group
A situation is given and everyone improvised on the subject. Suggestions of situations: we arrive at the school and we realize that we are still in pajamas / We are waiting the bus and it starts to rain very hard / The heating stops and it starts to do very cold in the house / At the restaurant, instead of the entrance, we are given dessert …
You will be surprised how much children are fine observers from the adult world… The little ones will be delighted to replay everyday situations, without adding a disturbing element. For example: it’s morning, we’re getting ready to go to school.
◊ The mysterious sounds
In a large box, collect small objects and various materials … While the others close their eyes, the playmaker chooses an object and makes him make a sound, without being seen: by tapping or rubbing, scraping, pinching, blowing … to guess what is the object that makes that sound.
◊ Kim’s game
Very diverse objects are gathered on the kitchen table. Everyone takes the time to observe them well, then we close our eyes. The playmaker actually disappear a. The others must find the one who disappeared as quickly as possible.
Variant : one player goes out, and the others change something in their physical appearance: an unbuttoned waistcoat, a removed barrette, a pair of raised glasses, exchanged slippers… Will he notice it?
Some sources of inspiration to find other activity ideas for children
• A book : 100 Montessori awakening activities, by Eve Hermann, Nathan, € 11.50. For parents of the youngest, a very inspiring book, which also allows them to consider daily activities (dressing, washing, cleaning, drinking …) differently.
• A consumer site: lepetitmanuel.com
Lots of ideas by clicking on the “Blog” tab of this online store like no other: there is DIY materials very simple but little known in France, because it comes from Germany where it is used in kindergartens and schools.
• A blog : entirely written by dads, the nouslespapas.fr blog is a a wealth of ideas very varied. Discover in the “Our dads” tab, 53 ideas to keep your kids busy on a rainy day.
Text: Anne Bideault, illustrations: Robin. Supplement for parents Pomme d’Api, March 2014.
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