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Top Activities for Preschoolers

The activities that are created for preschoolers are usually more advanced than the ones that toddlers are doing. This is because preschoolers are already at the age when they can already start learning more and they will be able to process things better than toddlers.

The activities that preschoolers have to do should still be fun enough so that even when they are learning, they do not feel like they are doing lessons. Rather, they will associate the lessons with activities that are fun and exciting.

A father and son may opt to do activities at home that may be more inclined to sports. Team sports may not be recommended yet because they can be a bit too daunting for preschoolers. One example of a sport that may be done is soccer. Remember to choose peewee soccer so that preschoolers will be able to grasp the fun of the game rather than become frustrated with the rules.

For those who believe that preschoolers should not be exposed to sports just yet, there are some activities that they can do instead.

  • Creating a Collage

Preschoolers will be able to understand that they can cut different types of paper or perhaps use different set of leaves in order to create a collage. This fun activity will surely be treasured by a lot of children especially if they are given the praise that they need for their efforts.

  • Creating Caterpillars

This is especially beneficial for toddlers who would like to learn more about colors. While giving instructions on each circle that will represent the caterpillar, preschoolers will learn more about the different colors available.

There are still other activities that preschoolers can surely do. Guiding children at this stage is highly important for their overall growth.

Reading about the Meaning of Christmas

mother reading to son

Here’s another fun way to get children into the Christmas spirit of things! Why not read Christmas stories together? There’s a multitude of books to borrow from the library. Here are a few classic titles that you might want to check out for your kids!

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • Polar Express by Chris Van Allsbur
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  • The Very First Christmas by Paul L. Maier
  • The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell
  • The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson

The Internet is also home to dozens of Christmas stories for children. You can simply download and print them out yourself! Here are some links that provide lovely Christmas stories that are sure to warm the heart.

Popular Old Fashioned Christmas Stories For Christmas
http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/christmas/stories

Christmas Stories and Poems
http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/christmas_stories_and_poems.htm

Setting an hour each day to sit down with your children and read stories together is a wonderful bonding activity. Take time out to discuss the stories and the valuable lessons behind each tale once they’re done reading. It’s very important that they understand the essence of each story so they can apply these lessons of love, understanding and generosity later on.

Source:  an old newletter from http://www.nestle-cereals.com/ 

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Fun Birthday Ideas

If you are a mom of several children, chances are you are probably hard up on creative and fun birthday ideas for your kiddos. You must have tried a pool party or a cowboy party at some point, as well as a Tinkerbell party for your little girl on her first birthday and probably have to summon all the creative juices to come up with something original that both kids and adults will enjoy every time someone is about to turn a year older.

Birthday’s Never End…

The bad news is that it never ends, everybody celebrates their birthday each year, after all, and you ought to keep spawning those fresh ideas to make each party a stand out. Not to worry because it does not really have to be you who needs to be in charge most of the time!

For a change, this year, why not ask your children to come up with ideas of their own, then vote for the best one to use in the upcoming birthdays. You might suggest an Eighties theme party, if you must and pray hard that the little ones will appreciate it and vote for it, but nonetheless, if another idea wins, go ahead and use it on your next party. That way you can focus on some other aspects and details of the party like catering and decorations, perhaps, other than worrying about the theme. Maybe you can even contemplate on allowing your girl to come to the party dressed in one of those LEGO camp characters like those from Superheroes themed class that are appropriate for her age.

Your children will DEFINITELY be up to the task and you could use the extra downtime to do something interesting that is not party-related, too, like going to your favorite bookshop or going to the salon for a foot spa treatment!