Activities for 6-9 year olds
Our first, second,third and fourth graders are growing so fast. They use to be our babies, now they are learning to read and do arithmetic. I am anxious to share developmental knowledge and appropriate activities for these middle age kids.
I would like to point out to all parents that it is essential to continue to be involved in your child's development. Lets explore this age group with the intent to enrich parental interaction with children, being mindful of their well being and future.
Activites for your child
At this stage kids have a strong sense of right and wrong unlike before. Their growing to understand friendship and our wanting our attention. Their mental skills are soaring, now they can better describe their feelings. Usually, "girls want to play with girls and boys want to play with boys"(NNCC). They become interested in showing off their abilities. You can begin to see a glimpse of who they will be the rest of their lives. By now you know if they are outgoing, friendly, shy, sensitive, or bold. It is important to identify your kids strengths. You can use their strengths as tools to help you engage them in learning, or to help build them where they might be weak. In this article I talk about some activities that might help a parent interact with their child in an educational way. Teachers can also use the activities.
With an increased problem solving ability at this age of 6-9, you might like to play the 2-3 digit game with your child or with a small group.
You'll need: scratch paper and a pen or pencil. Make two or three lines on your paper___ ___ __. Choose a 2 or 3 digit #. Do Not tell the kids what number you chose. Now allow them to guess what number the numbers are. You will have three clues to write on the side each time they guess to help them eliminate the wrong #'s. A(*) if a number is right and in the right place, a (x) if a number is totally wrong, ans a <> if the number is right but in the wrong place.
Guess1: 3 5 0
Clues x, *, <>
Guess 2:4 5 8
Clues: x x *
The child continues to guess until they get it right!
I have used this activity personally on a couple of third graders, 8 year olds, and they loved it. They wanted to play over and over again. I let them also try the game on me, we had a lot of fun and mind stimulation. Kids just want attention,parents should jump at any opportunity to spend quality time with their children, especially when they are impressionalbe.
This age level enjoys building and planning
So in an effort to strengthen this skill you can take a book, type out the page's words on blank pieces of paper, leaving enough room for illustrations. Give the book to your child an tell them they are the illustrator. Give them crayons, markers, glue, shapes,magazine cuttings, or creative art material. Let them read the story and place their own drawings or art on the pages. This activity tests their reading and allows them to be creative, building and planning their own design. I did this with first graders and it was great.
Good Books to read:
Using organizing and writing skills, celebrate the similarities and differences in people.
An imagination, pen, pencil,eraser,photographs, colored pencils,markers and stickers
Ask children about their favorite people or animal and why they like them so much. Have them write about it.
Create a friendship passport, a little booklet that has a list of qualities that the child likes about their friend or special person. They can also decorate their passport anyway they wish with stickers, photos, or drawings. Have the kids show each other their passports or you and your child can each make one and marvel about them. This is also a good idea for siblings. They can make a list of qualifications that would make a person eligible to be their friend. Parents can reinforce, the rule treating others the way that you want to be treated. This can also be an activity for kids that do not get along in an effort to buid social skills.
Physical Activities: Fitness
Unfortunately, parents cannot always rely on the physical education system in today's schools. We have to monitor our child's fitness ourselves.
- A fun activity might be a scavenger hunt with clues
- Walking on the park trail, in the evening after school
- Placing your child in a non-competive league would be great, you can interact in this activity by coaching your child's team, cheering them on. Be leery of trusting coaches and other people who work with your child. Make sure you are as round as much as possible in all your child's activities. Even if you cannot be around all the time, be around and pay attention to your child.
- Kids need to value practice, give them a list of physical activities like: dance lessons or swimming lessons, let them participate in the one that is fun for them. Make sure you pre determine what is wholesome and kid friendly before you make the list of choices.
- You can find more advice at www.kidshealth.org
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