Colder Weather? No Problem!

10 Indoor Activities to Encourage Active Play

Colder weather causes many of us to spend more time indoors, which in turn dwindles our ambitions to stay active. With less time outdoors to release energy, having rambunctious toddlers or preschoolers in the house can be exhausting. You might be tempted to turn on the TV or hand them your tablet so they keep entertained more quietly. However, young children need lots of active play which promotes physical development and fosters their imaginations. What can the children do indoors to stay active? We compiled a list of activities that will keep your little ones busy instead of sitting in front of a screen.

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Father’s Day Fun

by Judy Mullican

fathers day-kissHappy Father’s Day! Let’s give a cheer for all the fantastic fathers who make a difference in children’s lives! Research has shown time after time that children benefit from having loving fathers who are involved in their lives. You can read more about it here.

If you work in child care, you are probably planning some activities related to Father’s Day. Be sure to keep in mind each child’s situation. Some children’s fathers may be deceased, and other children may not have regular contact with their fathers. Due to a variety of circumstances, some children may have more than one father figure in their lives. Some children may come from families that prefer not to celebrate holidays for religious, cultural, or personal reasons. Try to find out as much as you can about each child’s family situation so you can plan accordingly. For example, you may want to have enough supplies for some children to create more than one card or gift. You may want to invite father substitutes to any special events.

Here are some different ways to celebrate Father’s Day or honor fathers at any time. You can adapt them as needed so they work well with your children.

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