Category Parenting – Activities

Parenting – Activities

1 Nov

Do not litter

If you see your child littering, direct him/her to pick it up and throw it in a bin. If there is no bin around then think of a way of not littering. Include your child in this process. When out for driving, picnicking, shopping, dining etc, carry a spare trash bag and never allow them or yourself to throw things out of the car, on the road or in the garden or anywhere for that matter, other than a BIN!.

15 Oct

Nonverbal communication

Instruction - Ask a player from the group to leave the room. Separate instructions are given to him/her and to the group, who stays in the room in order to prepare for the final scene. While the volunteer is outside, each individual in the group has to choose one emotion and must express this emotion only through nonverbal behavior (acting). Remind them of the different aspects of nonverbal communication. At the same time the volunteer outside has to think of a social situation familiar to teens such as: in class; during family dinner; at a birthday party; working on homework, going to the circus etc. When the volunteer rejoins the group, he sets the scene: You are going to the Circus (for example). Everybody in the group has to express their chosen emotion and the volunteer observes and guesses each emotion expressed and tries to guess how they feel. If he is confused, he can put them in another social situation (or only for fun :). Everybody gets a turn. Follow up with a discussion. The importance of understanding non verbal clues is through expression. What are the indicators? how difficult was it? Was it confusing? How can this skill help you – both while being the actor and the guesser?

1 Oct

Verbal Communication

In the following activity, the focus is on practicing concentration and listening to the verbal message with undivided attention. Instruction - Firstly, ask all the participants to sit in a circle. The first person starts to tell a story (whatever he/she wants). After 3-5 sentences, say “stop” and randomly choose another participant to continue. This person now has to repeat the last sentence said and then continue making up the story. Those who cannot repeat in exactly the same words in 5 seconds, stops playing. The others keep going. Follow up with a discussion. Let children reflect on the game. Why did they get distracted? What helped them concentrate and remember the previous sentence?

15 Sep

Be grateful

Take time off to visit children who are not as privileged as yours .During this time, encourage your child to share his/her books, clothes or toys with them. This may be around festivals like, Diwali .Eid, Pateti, Christmas or New Year. Children learn / experience compassion, gratitude and joy through these outings.

1 Sep


Cooking can be turned into a happy and joyful activity to teach sharing chores. Children can help create the snack, eat, and clean up! You can set up the activity like a production line so each child has a special job to do. For example, if you are making sandwiches your child can spread the butter, his friend can add the cheese and both can add the vegetable topping. Each child can take turns toasting the sandwiches.

15 Aug

Collective Craft

Sit children down in a close circle with some interesting craft work. Place decorative craft materials such as feathers, coloured bits of cotton, wool, thread, bits and pieces of colourful paper etc. on several small plates for the children to share. Encourage children to pass items to each other. Make sure to place different items closer to different children. Glue, crayons, and markers can be placed in between the children. Providing only one of a particular material such as one glue bottle, or a limited amount of scissors also creates a situation where children need to wait to use the item. It also provides an opportunity for the children to ask each other for the item when another child is using it. Make sure they follow the rules.

1 Aug

Create “Sharing Rules”

Create a poster of simple sharing rules with pictures. Examples of rules • Ask when you want to use something. • Wait until someone is finished before you start using something. • Help each other.

15 Jul

Touch-feel-say bag

Place several small, differently shaped or textured objects in a bag, and have your child reach in to touch one and describe what he can feel ( round, pointy , heavy, rough etc.). Make sure nothing is taken out of the bag. This allows the mind to focus and recognize enhancing sensory perceptions, creating more neural pathways!

1 Jul

Nature Walk

Take a nature walk with your child/children. Stop and look at ants, leaves, birds. Point out to the child various aspects of nature. Let him/her decide where to stop and look. Guide the child gently and patiently. A child is never too young for a nature walk! Taking them outside to see trees, birds, leaves, flowers, and more is stimulating and important for their brain development.

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