Parents see activities for children as teaching experiences, while the kids see the activities as fun. They are both, however, but they are more so when the activities are done together. Depending on the age of your daughter, activities will teach her cognitive and motor skills when she’s a toddler and developmental skills when she’s older. For example, dancing lessons Charlotte will teach her balance and endurance as well as appreciation of music and dance. What about some other activities?
Taking your daughter hiking amputates her from the tube, video games and surfing the ‘Net. She’ll get fresh air and see nature that doesn’t whiz past a car window. More importantly, you can teach her about rock formations, the crystals inside some stones, leaves, trees, nuts, squirrels and the list is endless. The balance she learns in dancing lessons Charlotte will stand her in good stead on a hillside as she’s scrambling to get stones or something else for her collections.
If your daughter is old enough to be a Girl Scout, she’ll already know about picking up trash on the side of the road, visiting children’s hospitals, reading to the sick and so forth. Carry that a little further and check with your local assisted living homes. If they don’t mind, have your daughter (supervised, of course) read to some of the patients, tell the patients about her day as if they were grandma and grandpa and make small gifts for them. Your daughter will learn communication skills and charity.
Take your daughter to a bookstore or library. Choose a book she can read to you and one you can read to her. Perhaps one day you could use different accents while reading to her. She could, in turn, use emphasis on certain lines in the story she reads to you. Your daughter will have more confidence in herself and her reading skills as she moves on to more difficult reading material.
Go to a craft store and buy popsicle sticks, glue, paint and sparkles. Clear off the kitchen table, lay some newspaper atop it and create. Together you and your daughter can make a bread basket for the kitchen, a bird feeder, a mailbox (she can keep her “mail” in it in her room) or a desk set for holding pens, paper clips and rubber bands. Your daughter will learn creativity while learning hand-eye coordination.
Not all learning activities are boring, but pairing them with spending time with mom and dad makes them positive experiences. Watching her master dancing lessons Charlotte as she proudly pirouettes for you in the living room is the stuff of beautiful memories.