This is a paid partnership between Kiindred and Biostime Nutrition.
We might already be ‘grown up’, but for our children the possibilities are endless! As parents, our role is to nurture our kids and let them know that they really can do or be anything they want to be. By teaching them confidence, leadership and resilience, we can pioneer the next generation of thinkers, doers, creators and leaders. But, we’re parents too and so we get that it isn’t always easy to know where to start, so we’ve teamed up with Biostime Nutrition to bring you 7 activities that you can do at home that are not only fun but that are also secretly teaching them those valuable life skills.
Whether the sun is shining or it’s a rainy day, getting your kids moving and learning is actually easier than you think. It doesn’t need to be complicated or elaborate for the kids (and you) to not only enjoy it but also take away some seriously valuable life skills such as confidence, leadership and resilience. It’s all about teaching our kids that the future is their playground. Here is an activity you can do in the comfort of your home and with things you’ll find lying around the house.
1. Create your superhero
We want the leaders of tomorrow to be people who think creatively, inspire those around them and carry themselves with confidence. For that, we need a generation of innovators and creators; children who believe and know they can be anything they want to be.
Does your child love Superheros? Do they have a favourite one that they love reading stories about or watching on television? Utilise this interest to help stretch their imagination and help them become the superhero.
2. Captain’s coming
This is a game you can play with your little ones, and they will love learning the instructions and being the one in charge – and teaching their siblings or grandparents too!
It’s not only a fun activity but it also teaches them important skills such as listening, following instructions, coordination and gross motor skills. But even more than that, a game like Captain’s Coming utilises skills that are essential to becoming a great communicator.
3. Action dice
We all know kids have LOTS of energy, and we’re always looking for ways to help them burn some of it up.
Staying physically active is so important for children. While some children easily stay active, others need a little more encouragement. If that’s the case, rather than telling them to go running when you’re at the park, you might need to be a little more creative to get their heart rate up.
This game can be played at home or at the park and the kids will love teaching it to their friends.
4. The great voyage
This is a great calm activity for quiet time or winding down the day. It’s like meditation but not as still, which makes it the perfect activity to play at any time of the day. Take your kids on a journey of the senses while they rest…
This activity will help them with understanding feelings, imagination, empathy, combat negativity and promote positive self image.
5. Pizza scrolls
Kids are always hungry but coming up with healthy snacks the kids will actually eat can be hard. So turning afternoon tea into an activity is a great way to guarantee the kids will want to eat it.Cooking with kids helps set them up with a healthy relationship with food – it is also a great way to bond together. As well as this, cooking can also teach them maths without them even realising it. Counting and measuring are all important skills they’ll need as they grow.
6. Fit5 for kids
You might notice your little one busting at the seams to move some days. Whether it’s a rainy day at home or they just need that extra burst of physical activity. Or, perhaps you have a little one that needs a little extra encouragement.
Getting them to move is easier than you think and the best part of this activity is that you can simply do this with household items you already have. Socks, wooden spoon and laundry basket at the ready!
7. Wind powered boats
Introducing STEM concepts at an early age will set your child up for success. Not only are you teaching them how to problem solve, but it will also help them to make vital connections between everyday life and STEM disciplines. Teaching them things like cause and effect and problem-solving, and helping them become little engineers. These are all essential tools to help them navigate today’s modern world.
Our children are the future. They will be the ones who solve the world’s great problems and overcome the challenges ahead. It’s never too early to get their brains thinking critically – whilst still having fun.
We can’t wait to hear what your little one aspires to be when they grow up. x