Television and our Kids – Part 2

Jeff recently wrote a great blog teaching about the concept of flow, which is the mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity. Another author describes flow as the point when the individual’s skill-set matches the task’s level of challenge.

Seeking a state of flow for children challenges us to find activities that match the child’s skill set with activities that challenge them, but are attainable at the same time. We always encourage our nannies to come to their shifts with creative ideas for the day and strongly discourage using tv and media as solutions to boredom.  So, what are some of these creative ideas that can keep kids occupied and happy without resorting to electronics? Here are some of our favorites:

One Northlight Nanny just completed this great craft with the kids. Here’s how:
Sharpie Art
“I bought inexpensive plates from Meijer and had the kids decorate with permanent marker. Next, you put them in a cold oven and turn it on to 350 and bake for 30 minutes once the oven is up to temperature. Only downfall is the plates have to be hand washed! :)” Additional tips: Be careful taking hot plates out of the oven as marker could smudge. Also be sure any markers used are listed as Non-Toxic (Sharpies work well) or focus on plates being decorative instead of for daily use.

Bringing scScience Experimentience to the day can add great creativity as well. We recently recommended an experiment in which children draw a marker line across a strip of paper towel and then dip the edge of the paper towel in a bowl of water. Watch and see as the water climbs the paper. Children can learn about the concept that solid color markers are actually made of different color molecules that are drawn up the paper towel at different rates.

Hopscotch Math

Math Hopscotch can be a great outdoor activity. Draw a calculator with chalk and challenge kids to form different equations using their feet. Additional challenge, use 1-foot hops for odd numbers and 2-foot-hops for even. Here, we gave it a try indoors using cardboard numbers made by the kids.

Other great activities have included creative snack recipes, make-your-own playdoh, writing plays and acting them out and adventure walks exploring the outdoors.

We’re so proud of our nannies and all the work they do to bring creativity and fun to their jobs!

This entry was posted in Craft Ideas, Parenting Tips. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.

Recent reflections from our blog