Winter and snow are here! This is a perfect opportunity to spend “quality” time with your child.
As parents we often feel like there is not enough time with our precious child. This thought train often leads to guilt. Here is a parentsinspiration nugget “quality time is equal to quantity time”. It all depends on how you spend your time with your child.
Let me clearly define quality time: time with your child without distractions(cell phone, tv, dinner cooking or work stuff). According to the dictionary quality time is “time spent in giving
another person your undivided attention in order to strengthen a relationship.” As quality time can be done in many ways from the winter projects as seen below or sitting together truly looking at your child in their eyes and listening carefully to their words. Whatever way you choose to spend quality time with your child it shows that you value them.
1) Food Coloring In Snow
You can use bowls or smaller storage bins for this project. Fill up the bowl or bin with snow and bring it inside. Then, use food coloring to decorate the snow! The kiddos can use their imaginations and make fun works of art and the cleanup is easy. Simply pour the snow into the sink or throw it back outside.
2) Snow people
Snowmen don’t have to go away just because the holidays are over! If the
weather is too cold to build an outdoor snowman, you could always make these ones in your own home:
Cotton-ball snowmen with construction paper hats and accessories.
Snowmen-shaped cookies and Rice Krispie bars.
Foam and styro-foam snowmen with fabric hats and accessories.
3) Valentine’s Cards or general cards For Family
This special day isn’t until February 14th, but that doesn’t mean you and your preschoolers can’t make cards now! Grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and other family members appreciate knowing they’re loved. Making Valentine’s cards can be a fun project that also lets your family and friends know that you care.
4) Reading time ritual never gets old.
Again, quality time is being fully present with your child. It will grow your parent child relationship AND teaches your child to do the same with others.