Spending time with your children need not always be about seating with them for hours watching animated films and series or just catching up to them while having your usual family dinner. There can be more bonding activities for you and your kids to do that can also be good moments to teach them some practical lessons that they can use in later years of their lives. Rather than letting children get addicted to playing games online and other high-tech gadgets, it is way healthier to get them to learn pragmatic activities that can make them more active.
This way, you get to assess and observe what possible skill, talent or interest that they are likely to develop at their tender age. Here are some practical skills that they may be inclined to do if only you will give them the chance to be exposed on certain activities. Read on, and discover which might be best suited for your own child.
- Baking: If you regularly bake some pies and cookies, why not let your child help once in a while in the kitchen so he or she could learn a thing or two on how you cook or bake food. The good thing about baking is that it is procedural and it is done on a step by step manner so the child can easily follow the recipe and techniques you employ while baking. With proper guidance, children can learn the art of baking in a very short period. Baking also teaches how to be precise on your actions and it shows how to be very strict in following rules.
- Biking: If your kid loves being around toy cars and airplanes or any other vehicle for that matter, chances are he or she might likely love the idea of learning how to ride the bike. Cycling lessons for kids are cheap and can be done informally with the supervision of an adult. All one needs is a child-friendly bike and an open space like parks that are far from busy streets. Make sure the child is wearing protective gears so as to prevent unwanted injuries during the actual lesson. Brief the child about the functions of the different parts of the bike and guide him through the first few attempts. As the learner gets the hang of it, gradually let go of your grip as the child learns how to balance. This life skill is something he will carry until he/she gets older.
- Music Camps: If your kid is musically inclined—likely to have a high aptitude in learning musical instruments or has a gifted voice—enrolling him on some summer music camps can be very beneficial. Aside from surely improving his or her musical ability, this is a good chance for your kid to connect with other kids who have similar talents and interests. Who knows, the kid might be music superstar or a prodigy in the making.
- Arts and Crafts: The good thing about letting kids turn their attention to arts and crafts is that you are teaching them how to turn brilliant ideas and concepts into something useful and tangible. Teaching them how to make home decors through recyclable materials, or training them how to sew clothes, or paint using a small canvas and some acrylic paint can be a start for child to appreciate the colourful and creative world of the arts. It has also been found that art and crafts activities are good for children with ADHD who need motivational tasks to keep them occupied and productive.
- Swimming: If your children are more into sports and are up to more challenging activities, perhaps a swimming lesson is something that they will find more interesting. Ms. Maria Siqua, a mother of 3 from Singapore shared her own experience, “ All my sons are fond pools and beaches so I figured it would be more sensible to let them take up swimming lessons than keep on spending on some bicycle rental in Singapore, which they do not really enjoy much. And true enough, my kids who are now all teenagers are in the swimming teams of their classes. It is good that my children are not like other kids who are dependent on the virtual world and would rather spend time outdoors than get stuck on playing some online games.” Swimming is a good sport aside from the fact that the skill has its practical use.