Need a way to beat the summer heat? Scorching temperatures give nannies the perfect opportunity to try fun indoor activities.
Here are three ways for nannies to get creative with indoor play:
1. Make your own Play-Doh.
Children love to experiment, so giving them the chance to make their own Play-Doh is something they will love. Plus, creating your own Play-Doh only takes about ten minutes and a few kitchen staples: 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup water, 1 cup flour, and food dye. For instructions click here. This is a great sensory activity for children of all ages.
2. Play board games.
With technology being such an integral part of our everyday lives, it is easy for a day spent indoors to be stolen by the apps of the Ipad or DVR recordings. To avoid the technology trap, we should remind ourselves of the timeless staple that is board games. Not only do board games give parents and/or caregivers a chance to engage with the children, but they also teach kids how to follow directions, maintain good sportsmanship, and gain critical thinking skills.
3. Build a fort.
Building a fort indoors is a great idea because you already have all of the items you need in the house: blankets, sheets, pillows, chairs. The quickest way to build a fort can be done by draping a king or queen size sheet over two chairs. However, you will be surprised by the elaborate ideas your children will show you. As long as you have removed breakable and valuable items from the area, this is a simple activity that encourages imaginative play and teaches cooperation.
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