Spring is officially here, and to celebrate the return of the warm weather, VTech® offers parents and kids fun ideas that don't require a remote control! Set young minds and bodies in motion with these helpful hints.
Create a "Ten Year" Time Capsule:
Ask your family to write a letter to themselves ten years from now detailing what life's like now and what they predict it'll be like in a decade. If they're too young to write, ask your child to draw a self-portrait of what he or she will look like in ten years. Be sure to include current photographs, newspapers, magazines, and other memorabilia, and get creative with the actual capsule. Create a colorful box and store it in a place where it'll be regularly seen and not easily forgotten, such as a coat closet.
Plan a Scavenger Hunt:
Invite friends over for a scavenger hunt with an educational twist. Put together a list of clues to items in and outside the house, and mark the items with a sticker or piece of yarn so that everyone knows they're the hidden treasure. Be sure to give hints of what they're looking for ("something round that goes on a finger") as opposed to the actual item ("a ring").
Have a Generational Play Date:
Encourage your child to find out what life was like 40-60 years ago before video games and newer technologies by inviting grandparents or older family members to share their childhood experiences. Ask them to bring a few childhood pictures and share their favorite playtime activities from growing up.
Plan a Day Trip:
Give your child the chance to plan an afternoon from start to finish. Provide him or her with a calendar, a few ideas of places to go (i.e. museum, botanical garden, etc.), and a map. Help your child to mark the calendar and map out directions.