Fun Activities for Elementary Students
A. 3 things to do with cereal boxes- Turn bright, cartoony boxes into postcards by cutting panels from them. (2) Cereal boxes are well sized for holding magazines, comic books, and school supplies. To make a case, cut the top from a box at an angle, then wrap the box with decorative paper and double-sided tape. (3) Junk drawer looking especially junky? Put all the stuff in cardboard compartments. Trim the bottom 2 ¼ inches from several cereal boxes. Paint the insides, then use the trays to organize your drawers.
B. Build-your-own-breakfast bar-Set out a topping bar for dressing up a bowl of your child’s favorite cereal. Simply put a small selection of fresh or dried fruit, yogurt, and nuts, and then let him/her customize the bowl with add-ins.
C. Screen Time- make physical activity as a requirement to boot up a child’s devices. For instance 10 push-ups equal 10 minutes of screen time, and ten free throws scored “activates” an iPod for 20 minutes.
D. Turn Chore Time into Play Time- to limit the amount of time that children spend on video games, write down various chores and activities, such as reading a book, they must collect 30 tokens to complete an activity. For every activity completed, the child gets 30 minutes of video gaming time, IPod or cell phone time, within an hour limit.
E. Make your child use their brain to earn screen time. Have them read articles about things they are interested in. You write up lists of questions about the articles, and they must answer them before getting TV or computer time.
F. Trade tickets for TV-The child gets a set amount of tickets each week for TV time. When your child wants to watch a half-hour show, they deposit a ticket in a jar. They are to use only a certain number of tickets per day, or he may choose to save his tickets and redeem them for a movie at the end of the week. This allows your child to make their own choices plus help them learn to save for a bigger treat.
G. Build a Story- Give each storyteller (child and yourself) a bucket or sack and send them on a hunt indoors or outdoors, for objects that are amusing, mysterious, curious, even mundane, such as a stone, branch spoon, flower, watch or cup. When the buckets are full, have each person select one item to bring into a circle. (2) The first person begins the story by setting the scene and including the object. The next person continues the narrative incorporating his item as smoothly and imaginatively as possible. The game goes around the circle until the last player ends the story. (3) Each player selects a different object from their bucket, and the group tells a whole new story.
H. Story Grab Bag- Have your child look through magazines, catalogs, maps and their drawings for story elements: words, numbers, illustrations, photographs. You can also search for images online. (2) Cut out the elements and glue them to an index card. (3) When the glue dries, place the cards in a bag or box with a lid. (4) Have your child select five Story Starters from the grab bag and use them to tell a story. For group storytelling choose something from the grab bag and begin the story. Each person then takes a turn selecting and telling, adding to the story, until everyone had a turn.
I. Get a recipe online or from a magazine in the store and cook together.