The holiday season is here and children would soon be home from school. If you are looking for ways to keep your children busy this holiday season, here are seven simple and fun activities you can try with them. They are very easy to do and all you need is a pencil (or pen), paper and your imagination!-
1. Letter Search
Spread out an old newspaper ad section, sit with your child and name a letter. Have them point at any of this letter they find. Circle the letters as they find them. How many did she find?
2. Guess What?
Think of an object and ask your child to guess what it is by asking yes-or-no questions. With each “no” answer, you draw a piece of a teddy bear or an apple tree or another object that is simple to draw and known by your child. The child should try to guess the object you are thinking of before the entire picture is drawn. The picture can be as detailed as necessary to give the child many guessing opportunities.
In this word game, players compete to make out the longest word from a set of defined letters. At the start, each player contributes a letter to a pool until there are nine letters. The objective of the game is to make words using the nine letters. Whoever makes the longest word is the winner. Another variant of the game is to make as many words as possible, regardless of how many letters are used.
4. Rock Paper Scissors
Rock-paper-scissors is a hand game. Two players each make a fist. Together, you tap your fists in their open palms twice & on the third time form a rock (hand in a fist) paper (hand flat, palm down) OR scissors (extend first two fingers, holding them apart)
Rock smashes scissors, scissors cut paper, and paper covers rock. If you both turn out to make the same gesture, it’s a tie, and you have to try again.
5. Alphabet Squares
The Alphabet Squares game requires a 4 x 4 minimum boxed grid. Place either a consonant or a vowel in each square. Each player has the same boxed grid. The object of the game is to see how many words can be made from the mixed up letters in a given time period. More words can be made from larger boxed grids. The Alphabet Squares game works the best when an adult pre-makes the squares with the lettering prior to using. One way to select the letters is to create a short phrase that is 16 letters long for the 4 x 4 square. Add a bonus to the game for anyone who figures out the phrase words.
6. Dots and Boxes
This game requires preparing a rectangular arrangement of dots. Two players take turns joining dots together, either horizontally or vertically, to form lines. Each time a player forms a square by adding the fourth line to an “open” square, he gets one point. Whoever has the most points at the end of the game wins.
Write at least 20 words on little slips of paper. Fold the pieces of paper, put them into a hat, and mix them up. Each child takes turn to pick a word from the hat and says the word out loud. Each child then has to come up with a word that rhymes with the word that was originally pulled out of the hat. Children can make up words if they are stuck but the round ends if they get completely stuck or if they repeat a word that has already been said.
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