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Fun activities for you and your child to do at home

  1. Read with your child each night.
  2. Choose one night a week as 'No TV' night for your family. Ask your child to help select games or stories, and spend some quality time with him or her.
  3. Help boost your child's self-esteem. Take pride in their achievements and accomplishments today and every day.
  4. Put on a history play with your child today. Help him learn about important events in world history or even your own family history.
  5. Roll play dough or clay into long thin worms and ask him or her to create letters and numbers.
  6. Ask your child to help make lunch today. He can pick a spot in the park so that you can share lunch together..
  7. Go to the park and take a nature hike with your child today. Ask him to point out different animals and what they need to survive (i.e. food, shelter etc.)
  8. Encourage your child to make a 'to do' list today. Help him make a list of things that he would like to accomplish tomorrow, then check the items once completed.
  9. Visit a community pool with your child today. Go for a dip to cool off on a hot day.
  10. Help your child make a kite today. He can decorate it and fly it at the park.
  11. Teach your child about recycling. Show her how to recycle items such as paper, glass and aluminum.
  12. Ask your child to draw pictures of zoo animals.
  13. Visit the library with your child today. Encourage him or her to borrow books about a different country, and learn about the people, cultures, and customs of the that country.
  14. On a rainy day, set up a tent with your child in the living room. Share funny stories.
  15. Help your child practice her math skills. Ask her to add up all the change in your pocket or purse today.
  16. Teach your child about the importance of preserving nature. Help him plant a tree in the yard and explain how littering harms the environment.
  17. On a large piece of construction paper, help your child write her name vertically. Using each letter, help her write words that describe her personality.
  18. Make car trips fun for your child. Play a game and ask him to point out license plates billboards and interesting road signs.
  19. Tell your child that you love her today and every day.
  20. How much does your child know about her family history? On a map trace where your family is from and help her create a family tree.
  21. Help your child write a letter to a grandparent or friend today. Explain the importance of keeping in touch with loved ones.
  22. Get your child back in 'school mode'. Ask him to research a famous painter on the Internet. Get out the paint and let him express himself through art.
  23. Teach your child about textures today. Ask her to find objects outdoors that are smooth, shiny, slimy or round.
  24. Encourage your child to make journal entries and keep track of her experiences in a new grade this coming school season.
  25. Help your child prepare for school. Talk to him about setting personal goals this year.