We are always trying to find things ‘to do’ with our kids – things that include real interaction. This Mother’s day, LA Times author and child educational psychologist Charlotte Reznick, PhD shares several great activities you can do with your child to increase bonding.
I’m posting these early so you have plenty of time to prepare, since, if you are like me, you probably have a variety of items on your overfilled plate!! (Plus I love these ideas so much I think you can use them anytime of the year!)
- Mini-Movie. Use a video camera (or even your phone!) to write, produce and then star in your own production! Some ideas include a talent show, a play, a commercial for your favorite items, and a fashion show. You might also write questions for your child to answer (or your child, if old enough, can do the same) and you can interview each other as if you are doing a news program. These are great keepsakes for the years to come, so keep them on their own tape and place them in your keepsake box to visit from time to time!
- Make Some Music! Most kids love music, so why not gather together some great items that make some noise (pots and pans, spoons, cans filled with beans, rubber bands strung over a box) and play a few tunes! Using the video camera idea from above, you can even tape the production and play it back for the rest of your family!
- Create a Card. Figure out to whom you would like to write and then use paper, stickers, stamps and other creative means for creating the card and then writing to the person. It can be the President, a grandparent, the teacher, or anyone else the child would enjoy writing to.
Reznick authored The Power
of Your Child’s Imagination:
How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success
(Perigee/Penguin). You can visit her here: www.imageryforkids.com
I want to add one thing that we love to do together, and that is create a book. My five year old loves to write stories. We’ll think of a story together and then she will write and illustrate the book. She’ll fold it in half or staple the pages together and spend up to an hour creating! Then we read the book together and to her sister and dad. I keep all of our creations in a plastic box in her closet, so that someday, when she’s much older, she can go back and view what we have made together.