Chaldean parents are curious on how to capture their little one's creative energy when the weather gets cold. Being cooped up in the house all day can make a toddler honery and troublesome. Chaldean parents can help channel that energy by trying at least one of our nine fun, brain-boosting projects.
1. Make a Family Album.
Create a family photo album (the 4" x 6" plastic booklets), and gather individual snapshots of all the people you want to include. Put the photo on the right, and on the left insert a 4" x 6" index card with a word or two identifying that person (Grandma, Um’ma (Uncle) George, and so on). This is a great opportunity to reinforce Chaldean family words, colors, and common objects with your toddler. Kids love to look at pictures, and it will also help your child remember who's who.
2. Custom Post Cards.
With the extra 4" x 6" index cards create postcards. Let your child draw or paint a picture on one side, then turn it over and ask write a message together that you can send to a loved one. Add the address and a stamp, and you're sure to brighten someone's day.
3. Paper Garden.
Kids love crafts. The tactile learning helps improve their skills and keeps their attention. A paper garden is a great idea to get those creative and critical thinking juices flowing. Using safe pinking shears or other decorative scissors cut flower shaped blossoms out of brightly colored construction paper, then tape onto a drinking straw. Set bouquets in vases around the house. You can try different designs. Let your child give them to others.
4. Shape or Color Week.
Dedicate a week to a color or a shape. On red day, dress your little one in a red shirt. At breakfast, point out all the red vegetables, fruits, or markings on products. During shape week point out all the various things made up of the shape you have chosen. Walk around the house and point out all the red things or circles you see. It's a great way for kids to learn their colors and shapes and it gives organization to the day.
5. Build a Shoebox House.
Use some of those old shoe boxes to build a house. Cut out a door and some windows, make curtains out of fabric scraps, draw or paint pictures to hang on the walls, and put swatches of old clothes inside for a carpet. You can also attach boxes of different sizes to create a mansion.
6. Wind Chimes.
Find some yarn or fishing line and string beads, bells, and other noise-making objects onto them. Tie the other end onto a wire hanger twisted into a circle. Be sure to tie the strings closely enough so the objects strike each other and make music when the breeze blows. Hang the chimes on your porch or in a tree, and listen for the soothing sounds from inside the house. Whenever the chimes make a sound give each other a hug.
7. Create a Home Book.
Create an "I can" book with your child. Cut out pictures of things she can do (eat, ride a brike, get dressed, brush her teeth) from old magazines and glue them onto sheets of construction paper and then make holes with a three-hole punch and use a colorful ribbon or yarn to bind the book. You can also have your child tell you a story and together draw or cut out pictures to go with it.
8. Create a Concert.
Build your own instruments, and have a concert for the family. Be creative and let your imagination run wild. For a great sound, put crunchy cereal between two aluminum pie plates stapled together, shake rice in a soda can, or make a drum out of an empty cardboard oatmeal container (use a wooden spoon for a drum-stick).
9. Build a Cushion Fort.
Find big boxes or take the cushions off the sofa and build crawling tunnels by stacking the cushions and assembling boxes. Use bed sheets to drape over the openings. Create twists and turns and add little holes and window flaps for your child to look through.