Group activities every child will enjoy

Group activities every child will enjoy

3 Surefire ways to inspire playfulness


Many kids are shy by nature, at times not even wanting to spend time with others. By incorporating fun group activities into their daily routine, you can help them shake their shyness.

Here are three group activities to enjoy with your child that will improve confidence, self-esteem and social skills.

1. Storytelling
The oldest and also one of the most engaging art forms, storytelling incorporates language, expression, improvisation, imagination, history, voice and diction. Once you get started, you never know where a story might lead.

  • Read out loud together. Get animated! Find a special voice for the character you are reading. Bring characters to life with an old hat, a pair of sunglasses or something out of the ordinary that captures its spirit. Encourage family members and friends to read aloud with you. After a while, your child might initiate his or her own storytelling time with family and friends.
  • If you don’t have a favorite story to read, start by sharing your own story with your child. Relive something fun you did as a kid, tell a spooky campfire classic or share a holiday tradition or a favorite recipe. Then have your child share a personal story with you. Giving plenty of applause when they’re done, and maybe even a high five, will surely boost their selfesteem.
  • Get a story going by showing interest in your child's day. Enquire about their day at school. Perhaps something happened in the lunchroom or he or she learned fun new facts in class. Do some discreet digging and engage your child in conversation by expressing interest. Children often have a lot going on internally that remains unexpressed. You can get this story going in the car, at the grocery store, doing laundry or while you’re preparing dinner—anywhere!
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2. Dance
The best motivation to get up off the couch. Physical activity is a great way to move beyond the confines of shyness and a good boogie is a great cure for the blues. So put down the cell phone, step away from the laptop and get your groove on!

  • Play your child´s favorite music and let them show you a step or two. If they’re slow starters, switch to your favourite tune and show them the moves. Take turns. Whether it’s rap, disco, rock, the sprinkler, twerking, the waltz or even the wiggles, make time to have some fun.
  • If you prefer to dance and sing without music, you can start by putting your left foot in, out and shaking it all about. Join hands and twist, twirl, hop or shimmy. Or create your own steps. Get the whole family to join in. Not only is this group activity great fun, it is a wonderful, natural confidence booster.

3. Cooking
This is another great way to spend quality time with your kids. It may get messy but it sure is fun. Kids gain confidence as we put confidence in their abilities. Whether it’s rolling dough, measuring ingredients, mixing batter, boiling water or frying an egg, allowing them to help in the kitchen down barriers and helps them step out of the box. And while you’re at it, share some of your best food memories! Here are some fun ideas:

  • Make a pizza
  • Bake cookies
  • Prepare a salad
  • Mash potatoes
  • Decorate a cake
  • Melt chocolate

The most important thing to remember with any of these group activities is to have fun. Our kids learn so much from us, as do we from them. Enjoy shaking the “shy” right out of them!

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