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7 skill-building activities to introduce your child to

Neha Gupta Mittal
3 to 7 years

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7 skill building activities to introduce your child to

We've all heard the popular saying – All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. As a parent, you might have wondered how much time your child must spend on structured activities, and how much on free play. And what type of structured activities should you engage her with. The good news is that these structured activities can be just as fun for your child as free play. Here, we tell you how activity books help with skill-building, and how to make your very own DIY activity book.

How Do Activity Books Help My Child?

Activity books are an educational form of play. The interesting representation of different tasks in the books pose a challenge to the child, with underlying means of testing a child's skill and knowledge. Today, playschools and educational institutions teach more through activities than the rote learning methodology.

  1. Teaching concepts:Through a combination of ticking, circling, coloring and crossing activities, the child's basic concepts are developed
  2. Simplicity and fun:A single activity at a time looks easy to accomplish. It eliminates the repetitive factor that children generally associate with academics
  3. Introduces new interests: Through activity books, your child can discover new interests. For e.g. you may find that your child is a budding artist through her art activity books

Your Very Own DIY Activity Book For Your Child

A plethora of activity books are available at exhibitions, book shops and online. However, a DIY activity book is an attractive proposition for mothers who wish to keep their child creatively and intellectually occupied. It also rouses the child's interest, making her feel specialwhile working on a book created especially for her. It might appear to be a tricky task but it is hassle-free and very rewarding. We give you a weeklong workable set of 7 activities-

Take a few sheets of A4 size paper, staple them or file them into a book. And here we start:

Day 1 -- Real Rabbit

Day 2 -- Story Sequencing

Stories like 'Thirsty Crow', 'Monkey and the Cap Seller', 'Hare and Tortoise' are classic hits with children. Almost every child is introduced to these stories in the formative years of their life.

Day 3 -- Vegetable Painting

Day 4 -- Pattern Writing

Day 5 -- Paper Art

Day 6 -- Greeting Card

This is a very popular and interesting activity for the children. Decide an occasion and the member or friend to whom the child wishes to give the card. It may be a birthday or anniversary, or to celebrate friendship.

Day 7 -- Colorful Rainbow

This is a coloring activity during which your child can learn the colors of the rainbow (VIBGYOR). Children usuallylove colorful pictures, and the more colors, the better. You can have your child paste cotton below the rainbow to show clouds. You may also use water paint colors here.

Apart from these activities there are other options like collage, painting, drawing, and best out of waste too. The basic idea is to give your child an activity that keeps her interested and engaged. While younger children will require guidance, older ones can be told the concept and then left on their own to finish the activity. This is a great opportunity for you to bond with your child, and your efforts in creating the book will be worth it!

Have any ideas for DIY activities for children? Share them with us in the comments section!

    1. Draw a rabbit on the paper, or take a printout and stick it on your sheet
    2. Make a thick outline with a black sketch pen
    3. Take white soft cotton and a tube of Fevicol or adhesive
    4. Show your child how to apply a little adhesive on the picture, starting from one corner, followed by loosening up a little cotton at a time, and sticking it on the patch (where the Fevicol was applied)
    5. Slowly she can cover the entire rabbit and it will look like real to her
    1. Find images of these stories in a comic book format on the net
    2. Take printouts and cut them into individual boxes/pieces like a puzzle
    3. On your sheet make required number of boxes and number them 1-4 or 1-5 as per the print
    4. Ask your child to stick them in order, to develop their sequencing and logical skills. The first event in the story should come against the box numbered 1, and the second event against 2, and so on
    1. Draw a picture, most convenient being a flower vase
    2. Take pieces of ladyfinger and beans, slices of potato and onion
    3. Dip them in different colors and stamp them on the drawing of the vase
    4. The other image options are a big hat, a frock or geometric shapes like a rectangle, square and others
    1. Draw the image of a clown
    2. Draw different patterns in the clown's hat, shirt, and sleeves and ask the child to first repeat the pattern in pencil and then use different colored sketch pens on the same
    3. This makes routine pattern writing interesting as children feel they are actually coloring a clown. Also they draw the same pattern twice, once with pencil and then with color
    1. Select a simple design like a butterfly, fish tank, or an ice cream
    2. Tear different colored marble papers or any attractive colored paper into small pieces and ask your child to roll them into small balls
    3. Help him stick these balls very close to each other and cover the entire image with the paper
    1. Use buttons, small waste paper pieces, laces, ribbons, stickers, colored tapes and any other creative material available at home
    2. Children get to practice coloring, writing, sketch pen writing and also pasting depending on the card design that you select

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| Oct 13, 2017

best ideas

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| Oct 07, 2017

Great ideas

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| Oct 06, 2017

nice ideas

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| Oct 01, 2017

very nice idea

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| Sep 30, 2017

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| Sep 29, 2017

very interesting structured ,skill building and fun activities to keep our munchkins occupied. thanks for sharing..

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| Sep 28, 2017

Nice ideas

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| Jul 23, 2017

wonderful and handy ideas thank you

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| Jul 22, 2017

nice & interesting ideas,my daughter love to do all paintings

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| Jun 05, 2017

useful activity, my daughter love all these, only difficulty for me is vegetable coloring, my daughter use(waste) lots of vegetable. I also make colors from vegetables and flowers and play with her.

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| Apr 07, 2017

Tq neha. This is very useful msg to my kids

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| Apr 01, 2017

thank you and very useful information...

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| Mar 21, 2017

thanks really nice activities

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| Mar 19, 2017

it really helps to interact with kids.. please share more ideas..

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| Mar 07, 2017

nice activities...

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| Feb 27, 2017

awesome idea really very useful

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| Feb 26, 2017

very nice idea.

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| Feb 26, 2017

awesome

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| Feb 26, 2017

awesome creative ideas to keep kids occupied.

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| Feb 26, 2017

really wonderful idea for our kids

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| Feb 26, 2017

gud idea

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| Jan 30, 2017

very nice ideas ..thank you

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| Jan 23, 2017

very exciting

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| Jan 19, 2017

Wow. !!.. Nice n creative

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| Nov 14, 2016

its really nice ideas as may increase bonding with both parent n child as quality time spent together

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| Oct 04, 2016

very nice n superb ideas to keep one occupy... Thank you

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| Sep 02, 2016

Thank you parents for supporting and finding my article so interesting.... Hope to benefit my readers with more such write ups.

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| Aug 09, 2016

it's really nice

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| Aug 09, 2016

superb. thanks

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| Aug 06, 2016

nice ones share some more ideas

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| Aug 05, 2016

very nice.

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| Aug 03, 2016

Wonderful

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| Jul 30, 2016

nice thought 2 indulge children

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| Jun 15, 2016

Good ideas.... loved it

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| Jun 12, 2016

Nice idea

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| Jun 12, 2016

these acivities r very nice for me... I mean very happy to read this and will follow it .

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| Jun 12, 2016

thanks for the lovely ideas

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| Jun 11, 2016

very interesting... thax for sharing

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| Jun 11, 2016

great ideas to enjoy with children

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| Jun 11, 2016

Vry Nyc creative ideas.. thanks for sharing

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| Jun 05, 2016

nice bits to do please update this type of tips and encourage all mothers in bringing up their kids meaningfully

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| May 25, 2016

Thank u so much it wil be really helpful as my kid is very active...

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| May 25, 2016

very creative. ..n intresting

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| May 25, 2016

its really very nice to keep children busy, i will surely try:-)

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| May 25, 2016

really helpful

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| May 14, 2016

Nice one

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| Apr 01, 2016

Sitting at one place and doing any activity has its own numerous benefits. The children must be encouraged to do so. Time is not important but focus and concentration is.

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| Mar 25, 2016

Hi, I give my kids worksheet activities as my lil one never used to sit in one place to complete it if it is in the form of book. Worksheet activities she loves to do and completes and wants more. She enjoys what she is doing. But now as I have read other creative ideas will definitely try and am sure they will enjoy doing these also. Great ideas to keep them busy as summer holidays gng to start. Thanks for the idea. Will update as to how my kids are going to do.

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| Mar 25, 2016

I agree with Canisha Kapoor here. So many interesting ideas to keep my daughter busy this vacation,

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| Mar 25, 2016

Interesting ideas to engage your children this summer vacation

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