Old-fashioned Ways To Inspire Children

Walk through any toy store and you will see walls and walls of
toys that are loud — toys that require batteries, have
flashing lights, or that look like your child’s favorite movie
character.

But, what about those of us who want to raise children with
imagination and curiosity? I’ll tell you what we do. We choose
to fill our houses with some of the following old-fashioned
items.

Books
No house can have enough books. Make sure your house has a
representation of great Fiction Books and non-fiction books. A
mix of the two is very important. Most homes have a deficit of
non-fiction books, so fill your home with Science, History and
Art books. Children need to learn to read and appreciate
non-fiction books in order to do well in research when they
reach higher levels of study.

Felt Boards
Children love to tell stories with felt. You’ll need a felt
board to start. You can make your own board from a sheet of
felt or purchase a board from one of the suppliers below.

Once you have the board, let the fun begin.

Go to a craft or fabric store and buy sheets of felt in all
colors. Then, cut out shapes in all colors and sizes. (You’ll
be amazed at how quickly a child will make an alien, ship,
house, or person out of nothing but a few circles, rectangles,
and triangles.)

Blocks and Legos
Children can play for hours building towers, bridges, cities,
creatures, and more with these toys that inspire creativity,
patience, and small-motor skills. When the masterpiece is
finished, have your child pretend to be a giant and smash
through the blocks — or grab a few small cars and drive around
the new city! Be sure to name the city and have your child tell
you all about it.

Art Supplies
Give your child some crayons, scissors, junk mail, and glue. He
or she will be entertained for hours if given encouragement.
Please SUPERVISE closely if you don’t want your child to have a
self-induced bad haircut or attach the dog to her artwork!

Puppets
Make puppets out of socks, paper bags, felt, cloth, or popsicle
sticks. Make a stage and tell stories. Get out the video camera
and capture your child’s brilliance!

Musical Instruments
Whether your musical instruments are home-made with a comb and
wax paper or store bought, making music is a wonderful way to
spend the day. Teach your child that music can be made from
anything, from an old oatmeal container, to scratching two
pieces of sandpaper together. Go on a walk and just listen to
the sounds of the world — music is everywhere in our lives.

Dress-up Clothes
Get out old prom dresses, big hats, shirts and ties, old
Halloween costumes (or buy extra pieces after Halloween for
year-round fun!). Bring out a box of costumes and watch the
shows with your children as the stars. Keep a camera handy to
capture the fun. Also, keep an eye on the pets. Cats don’t
always appreciate wearing a sombrero. Trust me, I have the
scars to prove it!

Doll-houses
There is nothing more fun than watching your child make up
stories as the family members move around in a doll house.
Plus, if it is a wooden dollhouse, there is the added benefit
of decorating it with some wallpaper scraps and carpet
remnants! Your dollhouse could be a family heirloom if you put
enough love into it.

In the Kitchen
Kids love to play Kitchen, whether it is mixing air, or getting
to play with food. Give your child a great time by giving them
safe kitchen utensils to play with in the bathtub. Mixing,
pouring, and scooping bubbles and water entertains my children
long enough for them to look pruny. Or for a fun alternative,
give them puffed rice cereal and some bowls and utensils on the
kitchen floor. Just plan to vacuum afterwards as there’ll be
quite a wonderful mess!

Article by:

Nicole is the mostly-sane mom behind www.ShowMomTheMoney.com . Nicole also owns www.ShowKidsTheFun.com – a fun site to inspire parents to keep the lines of communication open with their children.

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