Natasha Brickman

Supplied by Natasha Brickman from Kids on Camera, a TV casting agency for kids and babies and teens which also offers TV training and confidence classes.

These educational kids activities are proven successful and will help in all aspects of learning. What’s more is that they are easy to do, fun and inexpensive! The activities are known to improve hand-eye co-ordination and fine motor skills as well as spark that imagination. 

1. Pottery

What you will need:

  1.  Air drying clay.
  2.  Strong fingers.
  3.  A good imagination.
  4.  Paint and paint brush.

Squeeze the air drying clay in your hands to make it soft and movable, then you can make any shapes, we have made a leaf with the letter of my daughter’s name on it, and then we made a pencil holder, just make holes in the clay using a pencil, and push through the clay and when it dries you can use it as your colour in pencil holder. Use your imagination and make any design or animal you wish then leave it to dry for 24 hours and then paint it!

educational kids activities

2. Pencil drawing 

What you will need:

  1. Pencil
  2. Paper
  3. A picture and an imagination!

This drawing exercise helps work on concentration and takes patience and time. Choose an object or any picture and copy it on a piece of cardboard using pencil, no colours. We copied a picture from a zoo, you can copy anything even your garden, use your imagination and take your time.

educational kids activities

3. Making dough ( and a surprise thereafter)

Now its time to get messy.
What you will need:

  1.  One cup of flour
  2.  Water. Yes that’s all, and don’t forget about the surprise ending:  every kid will love this!

This exercise is great for building strong fingers like in Occupational Therapy. AND, after making and playing with the dough you can make your very own home made pizza!
Remember to wash hands before touching food. Just add a little water to the dough and make sure you can roll it into your hands.  Moms can help too.  If its too dry add more water and if its too wet add more flour. Then, roll it and knead it will you knuckles and fingers. Now use a rolling pin and make your own shape for the pizza dough. You can try this ghost shape, add tomato sauce on to it and then finally the cheese. Mom will put it in the oven for 12 minutes.  Eat and enjoy😊

4. Noodle Jewellery

What you will need:

  1. Different shapes of macaroni.
  2. And string.

Thread the macaroni on to the string and make mom a necklace, or bangle. Mom will never forget these little treasures!  These educational kids activities encourage using the fingers and good eye co-ordination.

5.  Dot-to-dot drawing and cutting

What you will need:

  1. Paper
  2. Pencil
  3. Scissors

Draw a picture for your child and add either numbers or the alphabet. Then, let your child connect the numbers or letters. Finally when the picture is complete let your child cut it out. You can go up in the numbers as the child is older in age.

6. Moving skeleton 

Use any kind of arts and crafts to show the skeleton, vertebra of an animal or a human, and try make the legs or the arms move,

What you will need:

    1. Straws.
    2. Googlely eyes
    3. Cardboard or toilet rolls
    4. Pipe holds

You can use any resource to make this skeleton. Try using a toilet roll:  cut out to make the ribs and then stick on.

The most important thing to remember is to have fun while learning new ideas.

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