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Fun Educational Activities For Kids

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in Family Fun | Leave A Comment

It’s important to foster your children’s abilities and there are many things you can do to achieve that. Look for creative and new ways to ensure that your child acquires necessary skills as they grow. For example, you can teach them necessary skills by using fun based educational activities. Let’s discuss some of the activities that can help to nurture a child in a better way.

1. Activities for improving fine motor skills:

Young children need assistance in sharpening motor skills at an early age. So, you can introduce activities that help them develop sharp fine and gross motor skills. For example, you can introduce squeeze balls and play doh to their play time to improve their fine motor skills. Squeezing these objects will help your children in using their small muscles properly. You can also try painting and writing activities with them to sharpen fine motor skills.

2. Activities for improving gross motor skills:

Gross motor skills are also an important part of early childhood development. You can use fun based activities to develop this area. If your children are active, then they will surely enjoy playing with balls, climbing, jumping, etc. You can take them to a park and get involved in activities that help sharpen gross motor skills. Children with developmental delays often exhibit lacking in this area. Early childhood is the best time to improve the gross motor skills of children with developmental delays.

3. Activities for improving hand eye coordination:

Building a sand castle, building a toy tower, dressing a doll, throwing and catching a ball are some of the activities that improve the hand-eye coordination in young children. Hand eye coordination is very important and you can use these activities to improve the attention span and concentration of young children as well.

4. Activities for improving reading skills:

Children aged between 3 to 4 years build their vocabularies quickly and show interest in rhymes. So, this is the perfect time to introduce reading skills to your children. You can try different methods to enhance your children’s reading skills. For instance, you can buy a set of cue cards for them and play word guessing games as well. You can also try reading books to them and with them at this age. If your children are old enough, then you can play advanced games like scribble to improve their vocabulary. Choose an activity that interests your them more. This way they will learn quickly.

Young children need proper opportunities to acquire the right skills at an early age. You will need to devote some time and help them during these early days. Your time and efforts at this time will ensure great benefits for your children. These skills will help them for the rest of their lives.

Jimmy Sorensen is a camp instructor and he works for iD Tech camps in CA. He helps parents find out the best summer camp and programs for their kids. To find out more about different summer camp activities for kids, visit http://www.internaldrive.com.

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Simple Outdoor Summer Games For Kids

Posted by on Jul 13, 2012 in Family Fun | 5 comments

Simple summer days….don’t you love them? Easy meals, relaxed fun with family and friends, a carefree feeling in the air.

Here’s a few outdoor games for your family to try. You probably have a=most, if not all of the items needed. Get your camera out and grab a few silly shots!

1. Noodle Toss
Hang a hula hoop from a tree and see who can toss a pool noodle through it. Have a starting line and when you get the noodle through you take a step back. The player who is the farthest away is the winner.

2. Rubber Band Hunt (good for the beach)
Hide an odd number of colored rubber bands in a pile of sand. Give each player a chopstick. On the word “Go”, each player uses their chopstick to dig through the sand to skewer the rubberband. The one with the most is the winner.

3. Relay In The Rain
Form two teams with an equal number of players. Each team gets two buckets, one empty and one full of water and a plastic cup with three holes in the side. Set the empty bucket near the finish line. At the word “Go”, the first player from each team fills the cup with water, holds it over his head and runs to the finish line. When he reaches the bucket, he dumps the rest of the water in it, runs back to his team and the next player goes. The team with the most water in their finish line bucket is the winner.

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Science Fun For Kids

Posted by on Jul 5, 2012 in Family Fun | Leave A Comment

My kids love stuff like this! There’s tons of awesome projects and experiments for your family to try this summer.

The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science

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