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Easy Child Development Activities

Easy Child Development Activities

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When it comes to helping your child in the early stages of their development, there are many activities you can try.

As a parent, you can do a lot to encourage your child here while getting them off to the best start. The work you do at this stage will then allow them to flourish as they grow.

Better still, by encouraging them to do all this while having fun as they do so, you’ll highlight how much fun learning can actually be!

In turn, your child will develop a more positive mindset for when they do start school and enter mainstream education.

These are eight simple ways to encourage child development through activities, that don’t cost much and are accessible to all:

Make Everyday Tasks Fun

By making those everyday essentials tasks fun and more challenging, you can make the morning routine run smoother while encourage learning:

  • Allow them to make their bed every morning, pick out their own clothes, get themselves dressed, and even attempt to safely prepare their breakfast.
  • As they do all these tasks, get them to describe what they’re doing, what colors are on their clothes, how many buttons and zips they have, and so on.
  • Make the getting ready stage into a little fun game and keep a commentary running throughout it
  • Get your child into the habit of counting the stairs or the steps they take once they’re ready.

  • Utilize Your Home Environment

There’s so much we can access to encourage our children’s development, and all from the very basics in the home:

  • Buy your child their own apron and cooking set. Allow them to stand with you when you’re in the kitchen and give them their own sections of food to work with.
  • Introduce them to those kitchen gadgets that they can use easily. Kitchen scales are perfect here for all sorts of measuring and counting out. Also, devices requiring timers can be equally useful.
  • Invest in children’s cookbooks they can both read from and jot down notes inside.
  • Dot letters and numbers all over the magnetic surfaces in your kitchen.
  • Encourage them to pack away the food after shopping and read out loud what each item is.
  • Aim for one day a week whereby they get to plan the menu and take over the meal preparation!
  • Make Writing an Everyday Natural Process

There are ample opportunities for your child to read and write regularly throughout the day, including:

  • Making to-do lists for themselves, for you, and for other family members.
  • Allow your child to write up the shopping list or read from it and tick it off during your shop.
  • Encourage them to write notes for other people in the house and leave them dotted around. Get members to write a response in reply.
  • Consider getting your child to start their very own journal.
  • Don’t allow them to use rubbers, instead develop the concept of merely crossing out mistakes and learning from them.
  • Surround the home environment with reading and writing material in abundance. From their bedroom to your family room and kitchen, put up bookshelves, scatter magazines around, put menus on pinboards, invest in a whiteboard/blackboard to record notes.
  • Enrol in your local library and make use of all the free activity times and free book allowances they offer.
  • Teach Your Child to Focus Their Attention Outdoors on What’s Around Them 

The world outside your child’s front door is perfect material for encouraging their development. Get them to be receptive and attentive each time they step out of their home:

  • Encourage them to look up and search for planes, birds, and clouds.
  • As you drive, keep the radio off and implement singing games, counting games, and even I spy.
  • Ask them to look out for certain monuments and places on their journey and see if they can read the road signs for you.
  • Invest in a child-friendly map and allow them to track your destination, whether you’re driving or walking.
  • Allow Your Child to Get Dirty

Perhaps one of the only times a child can be carefree and not worry about the consequences is when they’re allowed to get in a mess:

  • Offer different options for them to explore with their hands, and feet, such as sand, water, and slime.
  • Help them make their own play dough and use their hands throughout to create shapes.
  • Allow them to experiment with paint and make murals using both their hands and feet!
  • Provide an opportunity for them to play in the mud and splash in the puddles.
  • Don’t worry about their clothes or, better still, give them a set of clothes for this task and just let them get in a mess.
  • Encourage Your Child to Explore

Aim for specific sections of time during the day when all electronics are switched off, and devote time to active learning, preferably getting out into the fresh air and open spaces:

  • Encourage your child to climb trees safely. Forgot those dresses, throw on trousers and just let them climb.
  • Regularly explore the nearby woods and forest areas together – taking in the changes in seasons as you go.  
  • Encourage, running, jumping, swinging, and dancing whenever out in open spaces.
  • Create your own challenges and set tasks that get then moving, using their initiative, thinking things through, and working independently of you here.
  • Outdoor activities such as kayaking for kids, climbing and water sports all great ways to encourage a love for exploration and the outdoors.
  • Encourage Dressing Up and Provide Ample Time for Role Play

When it comes to expressing themselves and developing their self-esteem, nowhere is this more possible than the art of dressing up and indulging in role play. This helps children cope with boredom, increasing their ability to manage without consoles and electronic devices to occupy them every minute of the day:

  • Consider collecting a range of dressing up clothes mixing both boys and girls, job titles, and various fantasy characters.
  • Encourage them to express their own thoughts and ideas and access the surrounding area to their imagination’s potential.
  • Ensure they have adequate time regularly, preferably daily, to get involved in such activities.
  • Keep building your dressing up box and add more costumes and props to it to make it more exciting and offer more scope.
  • Invest in a Good Amount of Board Games

Finally, never underestimate the power of the board game! We often rush to buy numerous electronic gadgets and shiny, noisy toys for our children, but usually, those tried and trusted board games are the more beneficial:

When it comes to helping your child in the early stages of their development, there are many activities you can try.

As a parent, you can do a lot to encourage your child here while getting them off to the best start. The work you do at this stage will then allow them to flourish as they grow.

Better still, by encouraging them to do all this while having fun as they do so, you’ll highlight how much fun learning can actually be!

In turn, your child will develop a more positive mindset for when they do start school and enter mainstream education.

These are eight simple ways to encourage child development through activities, that don’t cost much and are accessible to all:

  1. Make Everyday Tasks Fun

By making those everyday essentials tasks fun and more challenging, you can make the morning routine run smoother while encourage learning:

  • Allow them to make their bed every morning, pick out their own clothes, get themselves dressed, and even attempt to safely prepare their breakfast.
  • As they do all these tasks, get them to describe what they’re doing, what colours are on their clothes, how many buttons and zips they have, and so on.
  • Make the getting ready stage into a little fun game and keep a commentary running throughout it
  • Get your child into the habit of counting the stairs or the steps they take once they’re ready.
  • Utilize Your Home Environment

There’s so much we can access to encourage our children’s development, and all from the very basics in the home:

  • Buy your child their own apron and cooking set. Allow them to stand with you when you’re in the kitchen and give them their own sections of food to work with.
  • Introduce them to those kitchen gadgets that they can use easily. Kitchen scales are perfect here for all sorts of measuring and counting out. Also, devices requiring timers can be equally useful.
  • Invest in children’s cookbooks they can both read from and jot down notes inside.
  • Dot letters and numbers all over the magnetic surfaces in your kitchen.
  • Encourage them to pack away the food after shopping and read out loud what each item is.
  • Aim for one day a week whereby they get to plan the menu and take over the meal preparation!
  • Make Writing an Everyday Natural Process

There are ample opportunities for your child to read and write regularly throughout the day, including:

  • Making to-do lists for themselves, for you, and for other family members.
  • Allow your child to write up the shopping list or read from it and tick it off during your shop.
  • Encourage them to write notes for other people in the house and leave them dotted around. Get members to write a response in reply.
  • Consider getting your child to start their very own journal.
  • Don’t allow them to use rubbers, instead develop the concept of merely crossing out mistakes and learning from them.
  • Surround the home environment with reading and writing material in abundance. From their bedroom to your family room and kitchen, put up bookshelves, scatter magazines around, put menus on pinboards, invest in a whiteboard/blackboard to record notes.
  • Enrol in your local library and make use of all the free activity times and free book allowances they offer.
  • Teach Your Child to Focus Their Attention Outdoors on What’s Around Them 

The world outside your child’s front door is perfect material for encouraging their development. Get them to be receptive and attentive each time they step out of their home:

  • Encourage them to look up and search for planes, birds, and clouds.
  • As you drive, keep the radio off and implement singing games, counting games, and even I spy.
  • Ask them to look out for certain monuments and places on their journey and see if they can read the road signs for you.
  • Invest in a child-friendly map and allow them to track your destination, whether you’re driving or walking.
  • Allow Your Child to Get Dirty

Perhaps one of the only times a child can be carefree and not worry about the consequences is when they’re allowed to get in a mess:

  • Offer different options for them to explore with their hands, and feet, such as sand, water, and slime.
  • Help them make their own play dough and use their hands throughout to create shapes.
  • Allow them to experiment with paint and make murals using both their hands and feet!
  • Provide an opportunity for them to play in the mud and splash in the puddles.
  • Don’t worry about their clothes or, better still, give them a set of clothes for this task and just let them get in a mess.
  • Encourage Your Child to Explore

Aim for specific sections of time during the day when all electronics are switched off, and devote time to active learning, preferably getting out into the fresh air and open spaces:

  • Encourage your child to climb trees safely. Forgot those dresses, throw on trousers and just let them climb.
  • Regularly explore the nearby woods and forest areas together – taking in the changes in seasons as you go.  
  • Encourage, running, jumping, swinging, and dancing whenever out in open spaces.
  • Create your own challenges and set tasks that get then moving, using their initiative, thinking things through, and working independently of you here.
  • Outdoor activities such as kayaking for kids, climbing and water sports all great ways to encourage a love for exploration and the outdoors.
  • Encourage Dressing Up and Provide Ample Time for Role Play

When it comes to expressing themselves and developing their self-esteem, nowhere is this more possible than the art of dressing up and indulging in role play. This helps children cope with boredom, increasing their ability to manage without consoles and electronic devices to occupy them every minute of the day:

  • Consider collecting a range of dressing up clothes mixing both boys and girls, job titles, and various fantasy characters.
  • Encourage them to express their own thoughts and ideas and access the surrounding area to their imagination’s potential.
  • Ensure they have adequate time regularly, preferably daily, to get involved in such activities.
  • Keep building your dressing up box and add more costumes and props to it to make it more exciting and offer more scope.
  • Invest in a Good Amount of Board Games

Finally, never underestimate the power of the board game! We often rush to buy numerous electronic gadgets and shiny, noisy toys for our children, but usually, those tried and trusted board games are the more beneficial:

  • Buy new board games regularly that catch your children’s eye.
  • Consider a variety of these games here such as shapes, numbers, colours, and phonics.
  • Encourage good sharing skills and turn taking each time you play.
  • Consider placing your board games somewhere your child can see and regularly access with ease.
  • Buy new board games regularly that catch your children’s eye.
  • Consider a variety of these games here such as shapes, numbers, colours, and phonics.
  • Encourage good sharing skills and turn taking each time you play.
  • Consider placing your board games somewhere your child can see and regularly access with ease.



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