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4 Holiday Activity Ideas for Parents and Children at Home

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The holidays have arrived! Holidays are arguably the most awaited times especially for families. Usually, some families have prepared vacation plans out of town or to tourist attractions. However, not a few families also decide to stay at home during the holidays. If you are one of them, don't worry. There are many ideas for holiday activities at home with children, here are some of them:

1. Making Playdough

Making playdough at home can be one of the fun options for kids. The ingredients needed are easy to find at home, those are flour, warm water, cooking oil, food colorings, and a little bit of salt. In the making of playdough, the kids are asked to mix all the ingredients by hands, like kneading a bread dough. This activity trains kids’ fine motor skills and enhances their creativity. The playdough is safe for kids since it’s made from food-grade ingredients without any hazardous chemicals. Also, the playdough can be kept to be played at another time.

2. Gardening

Gardening has plenty of benefits for child development. The kids can train their sensory and fine motor skills by sensing the texture of the soil. Parents can introduce the journey of the meals their kids eat through gardening. In this way, the kids can understand that the fruits and vegetables they eat have gone a long way to their plate, and hopefully the kids could appreciate food more. Parents can prepare plants that are easy to cared, like green bean or tomato.

3. Storytelling with D.I.Y Puppets

Parents can help develop children’s creativity and imagination through fantasy play. Parents and children can make a D.I.Y puppets from paper, used socks, or cardboard and play the puppets together. The process of making D.I.Y puppets could benefit the kids through fine motor skill training. Invite the kids to make their own character and build their own story. Parents can help develop the story so it can be more fun. Parents can also teach good behavior and value through the story.

4. Making Simple Experiments

Parents can invite children to do simple experiments with ingredients that are easy to find at home. One of the experiments is making a Colorful Rain Experiment. We only need 5 tablespoons of cooking oil mixed with a few drops of food coloring with various colors, then pour the mixing into a glass of water. The children will witness how the food coloring will come down slowly like a raindrop while the oil stays at the top of the water. There are a lot of scientific reasons that can be explained by parents, like how does the rain happen, why do the food coloring come down, and why are the water and oil immiscible. Parents can find other simple experiment ideas on the internet.

There are lots of activities you can do at home with your little ones. Daily works such as cooking or preparing food, folding clothes, cleaning the house can also be fun activities with your kids which certainly has many benefits for child development. The key is that a pleasant parent-child interaction can be a memorable experience for them growing up.

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