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Activities

Fun activities for you and your elementary school child
  • Make tonight a 'No TV' night with your family. Ask your child to help select games or stories, and spend some quality time with him.
  • Help boost your child's self-esteem. Take pride in her achievements and accomplishments today and every day.
  • Put on a history play with your child today. Help him learn about important events in world history or even your own family history.
  • Make learning to write letters and numbers fun for your child. Roll playdough or clay into long thin worms and ask her to create letters and numbers.
  • Ask your child to help make lunch today. He can pick a spot in the park so that you can share lunch together..
  • Take the family out to a water park today. Help your child put on sunscreen and explain the importance of protecting her skin.
  • 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.)
  • School's on the way! Help your child make a 'countdown to school' calendar. Ask her to cross off each day at bedtime.
  • 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.
  • Visit a community pool with your child today. Go for a dip to cool off on a hot day.
  • Take your child shopping for school supplies. Ask her to brainstorm a list of things that she will need for school.
  • Help your child make a kite today. He can decorate it and fly it at the park.
  • Teach your child about recycling. Show her how to recycle items such as paper, glass and aluminium.
  • Take your child to a petting zoo today. Ask him to draw pictures of the animals that he saw today.
  • Visit the library with your child today. Encourage her to borrow books about a different country, and learn about the people, cultures, and customs of the that country.
  • On a rainy day, set up a tent with your child in the living room. He can pretend to be a forest ranger.
  • Help your child practice her math skills. Ask her to add up all the change in your pocket or purse today.
  • Teach your child about the importance of preserving nature. Help him plant a tree in the yard and explain how littering harms the environment.
  • 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.
  • Make car trips fun for your child. Play a game and ask him to point out licence plates billboards and interesting road signs.
  • Tell your child that you love her today and every day.
  • Help your child create and design his own phone book . Make a list of his friends names and phone numbers.
  • 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.
  • Help your child write a letter to a grandparent or friend today. Explain the importance of keeping in touch with loved ones.
  • 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.
  • Teach your child about textures today. Ask her to find objects outdoors that are smooth, shiny, slimy or round.
  • Suggest that your child write a poem for a friend today. He can mail it to them for a back to school present.
  • Encourage your child to make journal entries and keep track of her experiences in a new grade this coming school season.
  • Have a back to school party for some of your child's friends.
  • Help your child prepare for school. Talk to him about setting personal goals this year.