Today’s Family continues to support our families. Home Activities is a new blog series where we share activities and games to keep bodies and brains active while we all practice safe Social Distancing. Just as we’re sharing these thoughts with you, please share these ideas with your family and friends through social media.
Today’s Home Activity: Look What I’ve Found!
Ages: Preschool and Kindergarten
If you’re anything like us, you probably have a lot of stuff hanging around your house or apartment: mementos, old trophies, old toys. Being cooped up with your kids is an awesome opportunity to dust off all this old stuff and introduce it to your children!
First, find something that’s old, or weird, or interesting that your child wouldn’t know that much about. Bring it out and ask them about it: “What do you think this is? What do you think it does?” Bonus points if the thing you’ve found does something unexpected, like pop open.
Then, invite the children to create a story about the object: where did it come from? Does it have any sort of magic powers? If you brought out an old doll, what’s its name? What do you think it likes doing? Maybe you found a shiny rock: what kind of spell could you cast with it? Could it summon a genie? If so, what would you wish for?
Alternatively, if you don’t have anything like that lying around or tucked into a box somewhere, you can pull something up on your phone or computer. You could find an interesting place on Google Maps and make up a story abut what happened there.
If your children are slightly older, this game can easily turn into an entire afternoon of active thinking! Send your child away with some paper and a pencil and ask them to write down more stories about the object. Invite them to share their stories with you later in the day, and let their imagination run wild!
In time, your children might start finding objects of their own to write stories about or play with. Pick out a box for them to keep all of their interesting things and stories and drawings together and create a growing museum of their imagination!
Why we love it: This activity is great for sparking imagination and working on communication skills.