How To Creatively Engage Your Child In A Car?

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Toddlers are known to have a very short attention span creating a requirement for quick succession of activities which keep them engaged.

An activity which is dynamic in nature and requires the indulgence of various skills is preferred over a monotonous one. This could be the reason kids get easily involved in visual media. Visual media has rapidly changing scenes and characters that hold a kid’s attention. This is why they are often referred to as ‘Digital Babysitters’ and from being more than just a generic term given to YouTube videos, it is not exactly helpful in development. These videos often feature things the kids are interested in and personify them by bringing them to life. This is directly feeding kids with easy entertainment and turning them into a passive audience.

As kids do not have a grasp on abstract objects, they learn best through hands on activities. This is why there are always surrounded with toys. A good toy is only 10 per cent toy and 90 per cent child. A toy is what the child perceives it to be. A ball can be the sun, a face or a spaceship as long as the imaginative doors in the minds of children are open. This is why constantly engaging them in creative activities is important.

Creatively Engaging Kids in Cars:
It is often said that children are always trying to figure out how things work. The easiest way of doing so is lifting the object, examining it from all the angles and then giving it a test which involves putting it in the mouth. Toddlers cannot do this with big cars and thus are gifted with play cars. This is also a reason why car rides could get boring sometimes. There are a few activities you could try playing in the car with your toddler which will not just keep them entertained but will also educate them.

I spy is a very interesting game to play with toddlers. This game can be played anywhere, but a car provides the best environment. Parents can use simple objects like another car, a bird, a bench, etc. Here the parent and the child take turns to say ‘I spy with my little eye’ followed by describing the object they are hinting at, for example ‘I spy with my little eye, a tall object painted white.’This activity will help in improving the toddler’s vocabulary.

Toddlers are often excited to interact with other animals. They forget the world when they are in the presence of a dog or they will whine and cry if a squirrel disappears from their sight. This is because human minds are in tune with other living beings for detecting potential danger and is the reason why toddlers learn quickly about animals and often times pick a favourite one. Feather, fur or skin is a great game to play in cars. Parents can pick a simple animal and ask the toddler if that animal has feathers, fur or skin (scales). Toddlers would know that dogs have fur, hens have feathers and humans have skin and so on. This game is best suitable for night travels.

A car gives easy access to look at the sky. The sky provides background to clouds and occasionally, birds. As the shapes of clouds differ from one another, an easy activity to play would be associating the shape of the cloud to an object you see or use every day. The activity would involve you and your toddler pointing at a cloud and what it resembles. This is an easy and fun activity for kids. It enhances their ability to imagine. This could be a quick game when you’re dropping kids off to school or a long game for travelling outstations

Travelling in cars also provides a large scope for storytelling. The stories can be based upon the objects you see on the road. Storytelling can be interactive when kid leads the story. For instance if you pass a plant, you can ask your kid how big it would become as it grows. If your kids answers ‘it would be a big tree’ then you can continue the story which has the character resembling a big tree. Objects can simply be named if you are travelling at night. Fables can be included in the story. You could ask your kid what a house is made of and further ask if the house can be blown away with a huff or puff of a wolf with reference to the story of the three little pigs.

For daily rides to office or schools, you can bring board games to keep your toddler engaged in the car. These games could be educative in nature. Playing with Lego can improve toddler’s motor skills. Other games such as connecting dots or Pete The Cat’s birthday party can be played in the car. These games include imagination, recollection and naming. Activities could teach toddlers names of various objects and animals. It is fun, engaging and usually has a satisfying result, for instance, the end result of playing Pete The Cat’s Birthday Party is being able to keep a cupcake on the cat’s table after giving the right answers to all the questions asked.

Apart from the activities mentioned above, you can play age old games such as counting the cars on basis of their colour, counting the seconds before signal changes colour, asking for the meaning behind a certain signal light and more. These activities are educative in nature and would keep your toddler busy learning new things. They involve thinking, creating, imagining and modifying.

Toddlers are known to have a very short attention span creating a requirement for quick succession of activities which keep them engaged. An activity which is dynamic in nature and requires the indulgence of various skills is preferred over a monotonous one. This could be the reason kids get easily involved in visual media. Visual media has rapidly changing scenes and characters that hold a kid’s attention. This is why they are often referred to as ‘Digital Babysitters’ and from being more than just a generic term given to YouTube videos, it is not exactly helpful in development. These videos often feature things the kids are interested in and personify them by bringing them to life. This is directly feeding kids with easy entertainment and turning them into a passive audience.

As kids do not have a grasp on abstract objects, they learn best through hands on activities. This is why there are always surrounded with toys. A good toy is only 10 per cent toy and 90 per cent child. A toy is what the child perceives it to be. A ball can be the sun, a face or a spaceship as long as the imaginative doors in the minds of children are open. This is why constantly engaging them in creative activities is important.

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