Children need to touch, carry, smell, taste and look at the things that they need to learn about. As parents, we are constantly striving to enhance the senses of the child. Here are some simple activities that you can do at home.
Mystery Bag: Take a cloth bag and put about 6 objects, each having a distinct shape such as a ball, small cushion, stuffed toy etc. Casually offer it to the child, and ask questions such as what is it, how does it feel, is it heavy or light.Assist them in identifying the item. This is a lot of fun for kids and their sense of touch develops along with their vocabulary.
3 Basic Figures: Paste a picture of a triangle, circle and a square on different walls of a room. Show the child a picture of a shape – and he has to run to the wall on which that shape is stuck.
Another exciting game is to scatter lots of triangles, circles and squares on the floor. Play a game wherein you give instructions and the child has to do that – stand on a triangle, jump on the square, touch a circle.
Buried Treasure: A twist to the mystery bag game, in this game you keep 3-4 objects hidden in a bucket of uncooked oatmeal or quick oats (So even if children eat it, there is no risk). But make sure that the objects are partially visible as children at this age will not understand what to do if you completely hide the objects. Then play a game of hunting for treasure. This will not only enhance the memory but also stimulate the visual sense.
Traffic Lights: Introduce the colors red and green. Show them a paper circle of each color to do this. Tell them that Red says â€˜Stopâ€™ and Green says â€˜Goâ€™. Play a game wherein the child is pretending to be a car. When you show red, the child stops and when you show green the child moves.
We hope you enjoy doing these activities with your children as much as we enjoyed writing about them. Do share your experiences with us by writing on our blog.