Fun Activities for You and Your Elementary School Child

Make tonight a 'No TV' night with your family. Ask your child to help select games or stories!

Help boost your child's self-esteem. Take pride in his/her achievements and accomplishments today and every day.

Put on a history play with your child today. Help him/her learn about important events in world history or even your own family history.

Make learning to write letters and numbers fun for your child. Roll playdough or clay into long thin worms and ask him/her to create letters and numbers.

Ask your child to help make lunch today. He/She can pick a spot in the park so that you can share lunch together.

Go to the park and take a nature hike with your child today. Ask him/her to point out different animals and what they need to survive (i.e. food, shelter etc.)

Encourage your child to make a 'to do' list today. Help him/her make a list of things that he/she would like to accomplish tomorrow, then check the items once completed.

Teach your child about recycling. Show him/her how to recycle items such as paper, glass and aluminum.

Visit the library with your child today. Encourage him/her to borrow books about a different country, and learn about the people, cultures, and customs of that country.

On a rainy day, set up a tent with your child in the living room. He/She can pretend to be a forest ranger.

Help your child practice his/her math skills. Ask him/her to add up all the change in your pocket or purse today.

Make car trips fun for your child. Play a game and ask him to point out license plates billboards and interesting road signs.

Tell your child that you love him/her today and every day.

How much does your child know about his/her family history? On a map trace where your family is from and help him/her create a family tree.

Help your child write a letter to a grandparent or friend today. Explain the importance of keeping in touch with loved ones.

Suggest that your child write a poem for a friend today. He/She can mail it to them.

Encourage your child to make journal entries and keep track of his/her experiences.