Fun Ways To Get Your Child Outside: Part Two

Now that the weather is finally warming up, the outdoors are calling. While some children can’t wait to get outside, for others it may take a little convincing. In part one of our series, we gave you a few ideas of some activities that will get your child outside. In this next part, we will continue with a few more activities that may entice even the most resistant of kids.

At Today’s Life Schools & Childcare, we strive to help promote early childhood development by providing children with the chance to engage with their environment and try new things. All of our teachers have a passion for education, and they work hard to create curriculums that will help your child grow. Whether your child is an infant or preparing for kindergarten, at Today’s Life Schools & Childcare, we have programs that cater to all levels. If you would like to learn more about our childcare services, contact us to schedule a meeting. In the meantime, continue reading below for fun activities that your child can do outside.

Build A Fort Outside

Does your child love to spend hours creating the perfect fort out of pillow and blankets? If the answer is yes, why not take your kiddo’s favorite activity outdoors? Give your child the challenge of finding things outside to make a fort. You can provide him or her with a few essentials like some rope and a tarp or blanket that you don’t mind getting dirty. The best part about using materials outside is that instead of taking it down at the end of the day, you can leave it up overnight! Your child will love spending hours building the perfect fort and using his or her imagination. Once the fort is complete, you and your kiddo can spend time playing castle or restaurant, or some other creative game.

Treasure/Scavenger Hunt

Speaking of games, scavenger hunts or treasure hunts are perfect games that you can play outside! You can hide your child’s toys, fake gold coins, or even secret clues for your child to find all over the yard. If you’re really feeling adventurous, you can offer to play along and create clues that will take you to other places away from your home, such as a nearby park, or make it a playdate that takes you to your child’s friend’s house. When it comes to scavenger or treasure hunts, the sky’s the limit! No matter how elaborate or simple you make the game, there’s no question that your child will have a blast.

Use Sidewalk Chalk

If you want to help your kid be creative and use his or her imagination, give them a piece of sidewalk chalk and let them go to town! Chalk is great because it will wash away with water, leaving you with a fresh canvas. Children spend a lot of time drawing pictures, but they will enjoy the chance to draw on the sidewalk or driveway as opposed to a normal piece of paper.

At Today’s Life Schools & Childcare, promoting early childhood development in your kiddo is a large part of what we do. We create curriculums that are designed to help your child learn, while also catering to their need to move around and explore. Learn more about the programs we offer, and be sure to contact Today’s Life Schools & Childcare today!

Fun Ways To Get Your Child Outside: Part One

Now that spring has finally arrived, it’s time to shed the heavy winter clothes and open up the windows. After spending the winter cooped up inside the house, there’s no question that your child is probably ready to spend as much time enjoying the fresh spring air as they can. At Today’s Life Schools & Childcare, we try to provide your child with every opportunity to explore and try new things. We offer a variety of programs including Spanish lessons, enrichment programs, and more! In order to promote early childhood development, we try to create fun curriculums that challenge your child while making learning a fun experience. If you would like to learn more about Today’s Life Schools & Childcare, contact us today!

Spring is the perfect time to get outside and try new activities that will help your child to learn while also having fun. In part one of this multi-part series, we will give you a few ideas of some activities that will get your child exploring the outdoors.

Watch A Caterpillar Grow

Early spring is full of new life, and while your child may be too young to care for a small pet, one way to teach them responsibility is to care for a caterpillar. Not to mention, if you care for the caterpillar long enough, you may eventually be able to teach your child about how the caterpillar turns into a butterfly!

Start by going for a walk in the woods, a nearby park, or another area where you might be able to find a caterpillar. You can even turn it into a scavenger hunt! Once you find a caterpillar, you and your child can put together a little habitat full of leaves, twigs, and a capful of water. An unused flower pot or a plastic container with holes make perfect homes for a caterpillar. After that, the rest is up to you!

Blow Bubbles

As an adult, you may not find blowing bubbles to be the most exciting of activities, but we guarantee that your child will love it! To a child, there’s something magical about seeing a bubble form mid-air right before their eyes. Your kiddo will be able to marvel at the rainbow of colors as the bubble floats through the air until it disappears.

You can either buy bubble mixture from the store or spend some time making your own with your kid. Once you have the bubble mixture, take it outside and use bubble wands to create giant bubbles. Make it a contest to see who can make the biggest bubble or whose bubble lasts the longest before popping.

Have A Picnic

Whether you have a long day of errands planned with just a small window for lunch, or you’re looking for something to mix up your schedule, a picnic is perfect for any situation! Instead of spending money on fast food while you’re out and about, you can pack a lunch for you and your child and stop at a park while you’re in town. There’s something really nice about eating outside, especially if it’s not something you do on a regular basis. Your child will love getting out of the house, and if you stop at a park with a playground, you can let your kiddo run around and play while you take a few minutes to catch up on emails or other necessary tasks.

There are just a couple ideas for how you and your child can get outside. If you’re looking for a way to ensure that your child is challenged and gets the chance to explore new things on a daily basis, Today’s Life Schools & Childcare can help! Contact us today to learn more.

The Benefits Of A Summer Enrichment Program

Now that spring is just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what your child will do once school is no longer in session. If you are a working parent, there are many options and ways to entertain your child during the summer months without disrupting your work schedule. One great option is a summer program through Today’s Life Schools & Child Care! At our childcare center, we love to combine learning with having fun, and our summer programs are a great way to do that! Not only will we give your child a solid, educational foundation, but we also have a variety of in-house field trips for everyone to enjoy! Learn more about our summer enrichment programs and sign up today!

Learning during the summer doesn’t sound like fun, and you may be worried that your child will be opposed to a summer learning program. In today’s post, we will take a look at a few of the benefits that are associated with attending a summer program as opposed to sitting at home. Continue reading below and be sure to check out the program offered by Today’s Life Schools & Child Care!

Promote Cognitive Development

The majority of the year, your child goes to school or daycare where he or she learns valuable life skills and is constantly improving his or her cognitive development. When the summer months roll around, they are no longer receiving that brain stimulation, which as a result, can lead to summer learning loss. Studies have shown that kids who don’t keep up with academics when school is no longer in session will lose as much as three months of basic skills. It’s no wonder that teachers spend the first few weeks of school reteaching what students learned the previous year.

As part of our summer enrichment program at Today’s Life, your child will continue to build on his or her educational foundation. We strive to make learning fun and to incorporate lessons with fun games and activities. Your child will have so much fun, he or she will never know that they are actually learning!

Develop Social Skillskids avoid getting sick

During the school year, your child has many opportunities to socialize with other children, however, that may not always be the case once school is no longer in session. When children are bored, they tend to turn to mobile devices or television in order to find stimulation. While this solution may cure the boredom, it does nothing to help develop social skills.

If you enroll your child in a summer enrichment program, he or she will have ample opportunities to socialize with other children of the same age! Instead of wasting hours in front of a screen, your child will spend time learning, participating in field trips, and getting to experience new things with other children.

Encourage Physical Activity

It’s no question that young children need to be up and moving at what seems to be all hours of the day. Summertime brings warm weather and endless opportunities to move, dance, and play. In our summer enrichment program, we take advantage of the warm weather and use it as an excuse to have activities outside and to give your child plenty of time to get rid of his or her endless energy.

At Today’s Life Schools & Child Care, we promote learning and cognitive development in a fun way. If you’re interested in enrolling your child in our summer program, contact us today! We look forward to working with your child soon.