Have you recently been awarded visitation rights to spend time with your preschool-aged child? The joy of time spent with your child is like no other, but it can also feel stressful if you don’t know what to do with your preschooler. Don’t worry. It’s not uncommon for single fathers and mothers – especially those who didn’t have visitation rights before – to be at a loss for ideas. If you fall into this category, here are two fun activities to get you started in the right direction:
Play toss with something soft: Your preschooler can learn a lot from playing toss with a soft object. If you have a light bean bag or a Nerf ball, you can have a lot of fun helping your child learn how to catch – while building his or her fine motor skills. Other ways your child can build coordination involves playing hopscotch. This is yet another way to learn how to throw and judge distance, especially if your child has trouble with playing catch.
Matching games: Your child will have a lot of fun playing memory and matching games. You can ask your child to name various shapes or match shapes with their names. You can also go for a walk and point things out to your child. What shape is the stop sign? What shape is the basketball hoop? Of course, the card game memory is a fun way to pass the time – and that involves matching as well.
If you’re struggling to know what’s the best way to spend time with your child, stop right there. The most important thing is that you’re making an effort and that you are spending time. As long as your heart’s in the right place – and as long as you can secure child custody – everything else will come together naturally with time.
Source: parentmap.com, “25 Surefire Indoor Play Ideas from a Preschool Teacher's Bag of Tricks,” accessed March 30, 2018