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Spending More Time at Home? Check Out These India-Themed Activities

These days we’re all spending more time at home due to the pandemic. The days can get long, especially if your kids are learning from home or haven’t been able to participate in their regular activities.

 

What’s a parent to do?

 

Chances are you’ve exhausted many of your resources and don’t want your child glued to a screen 24/7. At Rock and Roll Daycare, we know where you’re coming from. While we constantly introduce new ideas to our students, we know that you can use some ideas at home too.

 

During this month, we’re focusing on the country of India and its customs, activities, music, and other related themes. We have some ideas to introduce your children to some activities and ideas they probably have never experienced before. Let’s check them out!

 

India-Themed Activities for Kids

 

Chai-Pouring Work

 

 

Many kids love to have tea parties with each other and their stuffed animals and dolls. Take that one step further with this Chai-Pouring activity.

 

What You’ll Need:

  • Indian teapot 
  • Teacups 
  • Water 
  • Chai tea if desired
  • Work tray

 

Show your child how to hold the teapot with your right hand on the handle and your left hand supporting the spout. Pour the water into the teacups. Put the teapot down, open the lid, and pour the teacup water back inside. You can do this with just water or you can use chai tea to enhance the experience.

 

This activity helps with fine motor skills as well as helps to teach kids about the tradition of pouring tea. Chai is an integral part of daily life in India. It is a special greeting offered to people when they visit homes in India.

Spice Smelling/Matching

Many kids like to play matching games when it comes to cards, so why not try their skills with spices. While you’ll likely need to take a trip to the grocery store for this one, the experience is well worth it.

 

What You’ll Need:

 

  • Set of 8 opaque smelling jars (4 control jars in one color, 4 test jars in another color) 
  • Crushed whole cardamom pods 
  • Cumin seeds 
  • Cinnamon sticks 
  • Cloves 
  • Work tray 
  • Colored stickers/paint for control of error on the bottom 
  • To prepare, place each of the four spices in a control jar and a test jar

 

Show your child hold to open each control set jar, smell it, and say the name of each spice. Let your child smell them one by one with you. Next, show them how to match the test jars to their corresponding control jar. Shake your head no or nod your head yes if the smells match. Let your child smell along with you to see if it’s a match. The bottoms of matching jars can be marked with stickers or colored paint to ensure control of error.

 

This lesson helps them with fine motor skills and sensory learning.

 

Diya for Diwali

 

 

 

Learning about Diya is something that kids and parents can do together. Diya is a tiny oil or ghee lantern lit to celebrate Diwali. Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights and marks the Indian new year around the middle of November. You can make your own diya at home.

 

What You’ll Need:

 

  • Self-hardening clay 
  • Tea light candles (flame or electric) 
  • Decorative materials 
  • Paint if desired

 

Start by rolling out a disk of self-hardening clay. With the tea light in the center, have your child pinch the clay up and around the candle. They can do any shape or design they’d like. 

 

Before the clay hardens, attach any beads, glitter, sequins, or any other decorative elements to the clay. Let dry. If your child wants, you can paint the clay after it’s dried, just be sure to let it dry again. Light the wick for your child and just be sure to keep it out of their reach.

These are just a few activities you can do with your child while you’re home. Since they’re probably things they’ve never done before, they should be engaged. Plus, they’re learning about a new culture. It’s a win-win all around!

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