A New Year Resolution for Preschoolers

‘Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.’

These are the words of Emilie Buchwald, an award-winning author of children’s novels. I couldn’t agree more with her words. A simple ritual like reading out bedtime stories to your kids from colorful picture books to help them relate to the story better can go a long way in inculcating the joys of reading in them at a later age.

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Speaking from personal experience, here are 2 wonderful books for preschoolers. These may not be figured as classics in any list but they are ideal to introduce your kids to the world of books.

Lost and Found (by Oliver Jeffers): A lost penguin shows up at a little boy’s door. Now the little boy must help by taking the penguin on a journey back to its home at the South Pole. On the way, there are delightful stories to be told. A warm tale of friendship narrated in the form of a picture book.

My Teacher is a Monster! No, I am not. (by Peter Brown): Teachers are actually normal people and not monsters. But kids seem to think otherwise at times. Bobby is also one such child who considers his teacher to be a monster. But he changes his mind when he runs into his teacher outside of school.

So why not make a New Year resolution on behalf of your preschoolers and read aloud a story to them every night before tucking them into bed? After all, it’s never too early to make a reading resolution.

Happy New Year!

3 Fun Things to Do With Your Preschooler This Christmas

Though there is no dearth of Christmas activities, crafts and games that can prove to be enjoyable for kids, holiday season calls for something that can be done ‘together’ – together as a family. Because that’s how the joy of the festive season multiplies manifold, doesn’t it? This article from The Queensland Times seems to be talking about precisely that.

Here are 3 fun things you can do together with your preschooler as a family this Christmas.

Sing Christmas Carols together

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Happy, upbeat and simple Christmas songs that have a musical lilt to them will be a hit with preschoolers. Here are some extremely popular ones which are tried-and-tested with kids the preschool age: Frosty the Snowman about how a bunch of young kids bring their cheerful old snowman to life (the ‘thumpety thump, thumpety thump’ part is especially enjoyable for children), then there’s the traditional carol handed down to us since time immemorial that goes I Wish You A Merry Christmas followed by wishes for a Happy New Year (it has repetition of lines in the stanzas and talks about milk and cookies too, easily relatable to young minds) and last but not the least how can we not talk about the all-time favorite and most melodious Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle All The Way!

Play Christmas-themed Games together

Naughty or nice… Christmas games add the much needed spice!

Christmas time means family time and playing games themed around Christmas is the best way to spend some quality time as a family together. In fact, it would be a good idea if kids look forward to the entire week starting from Christmas up to the New Year as a holiday, with each evening devoted to a new game altogether. If you’re expecting some of your kids’ friends to come over from the neighborhood too, then a good idea would be something along the lines of Pin the Nose on the Reindeer with red circles cut out for the cardboard reindeer, similar to Pin the Tail on the Donkey. If your child is someone who loves tinkering on the laptop and tablet, then virtual games like these can be pretty entertaining with special Santa suit gift box mystery capsules on offer. Or else, simply bake a large number of whole wheat cookies in the days leading up to Christmas and New Year and have a fun yet messy time decorating them together with colorful toppings.

Decorate the Christmas tree together

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The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect!

The baubles on a Christmas tree are what make it look all the more special. What better way to add a touch of original flair to your tree than by making handmade ornaments for it that glitter in the firelight! It’s an easy enough activity even for preschool hands, provided you keep away the scissors part of it and of course, forbid anything at all to be put into the mouth. Get hold of assorted beads lying around the house, or better still, cover polystyrene balls with glittery wrapping paper and add string loops to them to be hung on to the tree. Allow your kids to give wings to their ideas and let their creative juices flow – the more colorful the Xmas tree, the better it will turn out to be! The best part about this activity? Your tree will have more decorations every successive year, if you start storing them away in a yearly marked box. After all, this is what memories are made of!

Spread the happiness all around you… It’s Christmas! Merry Christmas to you and your family!