With school back in session and the holidays quickly
approaching, it can be very difficult to find that “one on one” time with your
children. Research studies have shown
that it is not the amount of time spent with your children, but the quality of
time that matters. Spending time with
your children does not always have to include going out for activities. Quality time can easily be enjoyed at
home. If you commit to at least 10-15
minutes per day with your child you can create sweet memories and experience
many other benefits. These benefits
could include enhancing your child’s social/emotional well being, developing
fine motor or gross motor skills and best of all building a special bond between
you and your child.
This list of easy steps can help you start today!
aside 10-15 minutes everyday regardless of your child’s behaviors that
day. Build this time into your
threaten to take the time away as punishment.
consistent. Stick to the 10-15
activities that require interaction with your child, not passive
activities such as TV or computer.
minutes before the activity is to end, give a signal (such as a timer
going off) to let them know their time is almost up and to help with
Using this time will not only help create a special bond
between you and your child, it will also let them know that you are
available. Your presence is important
and will help give them a sense of security that they need at a young age.
Here are 10 fun activities that you can do at
with blocks or Legos. This is great
for fine motor skills. Build
something simple and let them copy your design.
- Make homemade
play dough and keep it in the fridge to use for sensory input.
- Go to
the backyard and search for fall leaves.
Take the leaves, put them under construction paper and color over
the leaf. The impression of the
leaf will be seen on the paper.
This is a great fall project and perfect to display on the fridge!
together. Keep any broken crayon
pieces. Grasping the small pieces
is another way for your child to develop fine motor skills.
on the driveway or patio. Start
with simple strokes – vertical, horizontal and circular.
cream makes bath time fun!
- Read a
with a ball. To make it more
challenging change the size of the ball.
Have them throw at a target like a colored picture or a picture of
an action hero you print from the computer.
Now it’s time to create some special memories. Have fun!
I promise you won’t regret it, and neither will your child!
Christina Clayton, COTA/L