Quantity vs. Quality time

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Play and explore some fun ways to make the most of your time with your little ones.

Well we would like to have the cake and eat it too if possible but reality check puts our feet back on ground. We can only try and make the best of what we got.

Coming to the debate of quantity and quality time, a mom is a mom whether she is at office or staying at home. Whatever time she has and gives her kid if that can make them both smile then they are doing just perfect. There is no hard and fast rule nor a metric to measure the effectiveness of the time spent with your child. What suits you as a family, you are a better judge, and be nice to yourself as you are doing your best.



Here are just a few fun things that you could try out with your kids in your free time.



Hopscotch


Play a game of hopscotch with them. If you have a terrace or a place where you can draw with chalk then you can use it. Or little pieces of paper stuck on the floor randomly placed with just enough space in between to let your kiddo jump from one to another.

Now draw pictures, alphabets, numbers that they know on the floor or on paper and stick it on the floor. It would be more fun to mix them up.

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Draw a big smiley on each end – that’s for the ‘Start’ and ‘Win’.
Now start calling out the pictures, alphabets, numbers for your kid to identify and jump onto. More number of kids can play the game with different instructions for each. It’s fun to see them squeal when they have to jump into the same square.

Join the dots

Even Steve Jobs believed in joining the dots!
 This is actually fun. The larger the area the more fun it is. Do this either on the floor with chalk or on a huge chart paper. You can make huge illustrations of simple pictures by drawing them in dots/dashes and ask your kid to join them in line.

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When they finish joining the dots they will be excited to see the whole pic.You can draw simple pictures like 
Sun, 
Ice Cream, Car, 
Bus, 
Train, 
Tree,
 Rainbow, 
Butterfly
, Alphabet or Numbers. You get drawing ‘print-ables’ for kids on Google images. Pick ideas from those drawing sheets to play these games with your kid.If you are doing this on paper, you can make photocopies for later use (they work well for travel – as they are familiar images, they tend to be more interested in these than the store bought ones)

Play dough alphabet and numbers.

You can use the store bought play dough or make at home 

Play dough @ Home

Ingredients:

1 cup flour,

1/2 cup salt,

1 cup water,

1 tablespoon,
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Food colour
Oil

Method:

1. Combine all ingredients in a pan and cook on low heat, stir until it turns a little mushy
2. Put the food color and mix it well
3. Cool and store it in a covered container
4. If you don’t have cream of tartar, add a tablespoon of vinegar to it and mix it well. You don’t have to cook this.
5. Just mix them all well to the desired consistency and store them in covered container.

Now make models of alphabets and numbers with this clay, wait for them to dry either in the sun or you can bake them in the oven. Glue these on to a plywood board or a chart mounted on to a thermocol sheet. It’s a nice way to let them feel their shape with their fingers and you can also paint over them.

You can make interesting textured art work that you can make using this play dough and colors. Model hills, trees, birds, houses or little ponds with fish swimming in it.

Give it a try, it’s a great way to play and learn while exploring textures.


Madhu Smitha

By Madhu Smitha

MBA Graduate, an ex-employee of Microsoft, Madhu Smitha is an avid lover of photography, a writer, and a full time mom juggling with creative spurts and projects.She feels that the best way to bring up a child is to grow up with them, to help them think, appreciate, understand, empathise and assert is the goal. She believes that nurturing relationships is important and possible even in these rushed times with a little bit of help and effort. It takes a whole village to raise a child, saying this she joins the team to build that village.
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