3 options to occupy a preschooler on the weekend
Every weekend, parents face a question of universal importance: how to spend time with your child in a way that is fun, interesting and useful, and all participants in the event. Children need constant care, and parents must not only give extra homework help, feeding and putting them to bed, but also pay attention, develop them and walk with them. And then every parent is faced with a difficult choice. We decided to save you from this torment, and offer to familiarize you with the rubric “Read, play develop. Every Saturday you will receive tips from us on what to do with a child between the ages of 3 and 6 with minimal financial costs and maximum KPI on the level of play, imagination, and fun.
“The Library,” by Sarah Stewart.
This little book is a story in verse about a girl, Elizabeth Brown, who didn’t like to play and dance, but loved to read. Books filled her whole house, she made a coffee table and a chair out of them, and she preferred a new dress to a new book. It’s a simple story about being different and doing things that aren’t at all fashionable among your friends.
Elizabeth Brown books to friends.
But those who did not rush to return them themselves,
She visited at night.
After reading you can tell your child what a library is and try to count how many books Elizabeth Brown carries in her cart.
After reading you can and should stretch. And here to help will be active games that are in children’s books seemingly inexhaustible.
We suggest you think about these:
“Trivia Game” from “Winnie the Pooh.
Throw sticks into the river from one side of the bridge and run to see whose will swim out faster.
“Running on the spot” from “Alice in Wonderland.”
A great physical activity, especially if you put on some fun music.
“Don’t step on the floor” from “Pippi Longstocking.”
This is what all the modern kids now call “Stop Grounding.” The goal is to get around some room or area without ever stepping on the floor or the ground. The game is noisy, you have to move stools, build bridges of chairs, mats and other furniture. But a child will definitely remember such a holiday of disobedience for a long time. Give the youngest a hint: you can use your parents as a carriage driver.
And in the evening, cozy on the floor or couch, it’s time to give free rein to the imagination (and parents – to quench their thirst to develop the child).
What we’ll do:
Let’s figure out how else we can use the book (besides reading it). Here it is important to talk to your child about the value of books, but emphasize that now we just make up in general, without thinking about the ethical side of the issue: build houses, make ladders and furniture, put under a wobbly closet, use as a safe, make a fire if absolutely desperate situation, put under a leaf when you want to draw on your knees. Try to think up at least a dozen options. You’d be surprised, but the preschooler will give you so many ideas that you would not even think of.
What gives: pumps critical and resourceful thinking.
Create a story out of the words BOOK or LIBRARY. The mechanics are simple: each letter is a different word. The output you have to get is a simple story. For example: “A beautiful rhinoceros made thundering Ow” or “Butterscotch sheep Bleating lazily playing near the thorny fir trees with caramels and apricots.
What gives: develops speech, increases vocabulary. Teaches to build sentence logic.
Let’s dream up what an unusual book would be great to create. Anything is possible here! Maybe it’ll be a book with pages that change color if you lower them into water, or the text on the page will appear only if you shine a special flashlight on it. Or maybe it will be a book with pages of scraps of cloth, with letters embroidered with threads. By the way, nothing prevents you from bringing one of the ideas to life.
What gives: the development of imagination and fantasy.