Guest Author - Tina Sansone
Kids love to play and participate in creative activities. It is important for children to have active play with other children, not always playing video games or watching television. Here are some examples of creative activities your child might enjoy.
Tea Party: Invite a few girls over for a tea party. You donít have to serve tea; you can serve Kool-Aid or water, any drink the kids will enjoy. Also serve some cheese nips, cookies or cracker. If it is for a birthday, consider serving the small tea cakes. Have the girls dress up and wear white gloves.
Dress up Party: This can be combined with the Tea Party or done alone. Instead of taking unworn clothes to Goodwill, consider boxing up some of them for a Dress Up day. Kids love wearing mom and dadís clothes and pretending to be grown up. Add some jewelry, a watch, big shoes and purses to make the outfit complete. Donít forget to take pictures so this party will not be forgotten.
Ballet & Tap Dance Party: All little girls love to dance. Go to the Dollar Store and purchase a few pairs of pink socks for ballet slippers. You can also purchase small round magnets to tape to the bottom of shoes to mimic as tap shoes. Sometimes you can find dance costumes at yard sales or purchase cheap after Halloween. Have someone come to teach the girls a simple dance step. Make a pretend stage and let each girl perform solo or with another girl.
Puppet Show: Decorate socks to make puppets. Let the kids come up with a show and present it.
Bike Races: With adult supervision, let the kids race each other with their bikes on a designated route.
Sack Races: Grab an old pillow case, extra large works best and let the kids hop in. Hold races.
Game Night: Invite some kids over to play a game of Bingo, Uno, Monopoly or other game they might like. Have a small prize for the winners.
Coupon Book Party: Using construction paper, colors and other decorative items, let the kids create a coupon book for their parents or friend. Example of coupons might be help to clean house, mow yard, and give a hug or babysitting. This would make a wonderful gift item.
Ball Games: Go to the park and play kick ball, baseball, football or catch.
Grow a Garden: Let your kids plant a garden. Teach them the importance of taking care of their plants.
Journaling: Have each kid decorate a notebook. Have them write in it daily, weekly or monthly.
Photographic Story: Give your kids a picture or photograph. Tell them to create a story about the picture.
Use your imagination to host something different at your home that will encourage kids to use their imagination. They will have fun and be proud of what they accomplish!