Have you been thinking that you and your little one are in a bit of a rut? Perhaps you find yourself going to the same fast-food restaurant all the time or you play in the same park day after day. While those things might be enjoyable, you might be thinking that you want to give your pre-schooler more experiences in his or her life before kindergarten starts next year. If that is the case, here are some ideas that might help you to have a lot of fun with your child, from planning fun field trips to finding a child care center.
In The House
Even home fun can turn monotonous, if you aren't a careful planner. Think of things you and your child have never done together before and try them out. For example, perhaps you have play dates with his or her little friends. Think about stepping out of your comfort level and invite new acquaintances that have moved to the United States from another country. It will be a great experience for you and your child to hear about other places in the world. And, you might even learn a new language!
Also, think about buying learning toys like building blocks or puzzles for your child to play with, or consider having a reading nook and set aside a time for looking at picture books. You could also do simple science experiments together. If you've never cooked or baked with your child, that might be a wonderful new experience.
Outside Of The Home
Have you ever taken field trips together? Think about joining with other parents and their children to visit places like bakeries, museums, and even art galleries. Another idea is to enroll your child in a child care center where he or she will meet other children and have varied experiences.
At a child care center, your child will have the experience of taking turns and sharing toys with other kids. It will also be a safe way for your child to begin interacting with new adult authority figures. Your child can also learn things like numbers and the letters of the alphabet through songs before entering kindergarten. Outdoor play will also include playing on equipment that might be new to him or her.
Another great part about enrolling your child in a child care center is that you will also have some free time for yourself. After all, there's a big world out there for you to explore, too.