SELF HELP RESOURCE - Parenting / Baby & Pre-school


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Mess is a necessary aspect of creativity, so it shouldn't be discouraged. But you can limit the damage by providing protective clothing (an apron or a parent's old shirt) worn over play clothes that don't matter much. Restrict the activity to one place which can be easily cleaned, and protect your working surface with newspaper or plastic. A balcony of a back porch is also a good place since mess can be easily cleaned.

Your role:

First demonstrate the activity to the child, then encourage the child to try it. Give your child space to experiment and allow him or her to repeat the activity at some other time.

Children need to experience the process - the end result is not so important to them For example, somce children simply want to crumble up the play dough rather than form shapes out of it. Or they might want to create coloured water with paints rather than actually use the brush to paint a picture. So don't aim for perfection or try to improve on the child's work to make it look better. Allow them to experience the joy of creating. Give them the freedom to make mistakes. Let play time simply be a relaxed time where you let your children take the lead and enjoy seeing the delight on their faces.

Don't hurry the child. Even if you have only 15 minutes to spare, be fully present during that time. It's more important that your child has fun instead of only completing the activity.

By doing the activity with your child, you help him/ her build focus and of course give the qulaity time that they long for. Young children below age 5 are more likely to sustain attention if a patient adult is there with them. Even if you do not join in the activity, make sure you are nearby and can intervene or assist when needed.

A few fun activities you can arrange for your child to indulge in are given below.

Cutting and Pasting pictures from magazines

Coloured Sand, pebbles

Colouring Rice or Macaroni, sorting different coloured beans like rajma, channa, etc. into plastic containers. You could use muffin trays or ice trays as they also work well for sorting.

Using play dough 

Colouring and Painting

Ladies finger printing

Cotton bud painting, finger and feet painting

Crayon Resist – this is a technique where you draw a picture/design with white crayon or wax candle, then lightly brush the whole paper with watered down paint of any colour. The parts drawn in crayon will resist the paint and the picture will magically show up. For more ideas/instructions look up 'Pinterest' or 'Google'.

Water/ Sponge Play

Playing with stickers

Bubble blowing

Story- telling or reading storybooks together


Latest Comments

Poohey on 23 Nov 2020, 18:30 PM

Informative and quiet interesting to have read all the activities that can be used with children. although there are several other resources available with us to help our kids develop we fail to realize and understand the preferences and choice of activity that the kid would like to enjoy and i like the fact that author places emphases on showing a demonstration by the parent for the kid to learn. these days i think kids are just provided with tabs and gadgets and they are expected to learn it themselves but here there is a real time experience from the primary caregiver :)

mamiNihar on 14 Nov 2018, 16:33 PM

very nice information

Preejajoel on 24 May 2017, 18:33 PM

Nice information

kallem on 28 Feb 2017, 15:43 PM

Informative, would be much better categorising the activity by age