Time at home with your kids is so precious – it’s an opportunity to bond, to spend time together and to explore new activities. It can also be a highly valuable opportunity to teach kids the kind of skills they may not learn in school, from crafting techniques to cooking. Making the most of this time doesn’t have to be difficult – finding some age-appropriate projects to work on with your kids and setting aside the time to work on things together will give you and your children so much.
Create A Movie
This project can be as long or as short as you like – and tailored to almost any age group from toddlers upwards. Creating your very own movie allows for lots of fun. First, start with a scriptwriting session. What stories have your children enjoyed recently? Have them write their own, either collaboratively, or by telling a tale aloud and having you write it down. Then go through it with them – what parts are there? What costumes will be needed? From there, create a simple storyboard of the things you need to film. Raid the dressing up box for costumes. You can film and edit a short movie on any smartphone or tablet these days, so you don’t even need a video camera! Once you have a finished product, you could even hold a ‘premiere’ with popcorn and snacks. It can be a long project or a short one and it also creates a lovely memory to look back on when the kids are older.
Design Some Clothes
Sewing is still a skill that it’s great to have, so why not get your kids involved in designing and making some clothes? Drawing out new designs is great fun, and then you can either go shopping for new fabrics to make a pattern up in, or alter old clothing or items from the charity shop to fit their new designs. Older children can use Sewing Machines with supervision to create simple garments or bags, cushion covers or pencil cases. It’s a huge amount of fun for them to see their designs come to life, and encourages them to be creative, solve problems and think outside the box about how things can be re-used.
Host A Tea Party
Hosting a tea party for friends or even just for cuddly toys is a brilliant opportunity to teach younger children all about food. Have them design and plan a menu for their tea party, and get them involved in shopping for ingredients, making sandwiches and baking simple things like fairy cakes, bread rolls or cookies to have at the tea party. They could even have fun colouring in and designing special invitations. You can also teach them how to set and decorate the table. It’s a really fun social activity that will keep them occupied. With a little imagination, they can turn it into a lovely occasion, while also learning lots of useful skills without even realising!