It's happening again! You're running errands with your children and suddenly you're stuckin traffic, at the clinic, in the checkout line. Many parents find that playful learning activities can help keep children engaged when they have to wait.
Too much time in a car seat or stroller can make a child irritable. How can you help your child find a little freedom of movement in a confined space?
Sometimes, hugging is the best physical activity. Invite your child to pretend you are puppies or other animals as you give each other lots of hugs.
"Simon Says" and "Mother May I?" are timeless games that let children move in a small space. Fingerplays, clapping games, and songs get hands moving. Try old favorites like "Patty-cake," "Miss Mary Mack," or "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes."
If your child still has energy to burn, try some of these activities:
Make up physical challenges for each other. Be sure your challenges fit the space and don't interfere with anyone else. For example: "Try standing on one foot while I count to 10." "Can you touch your nose with your elbow?" "Can you lift the cereal box over your head 10 times?" "Which letters can we make with our fingers?"September 2015
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