My dear little son turned 5 this May!!! Whoa!! Kids really grow fast…. And now he knows what he wants too. He wanted to have his friends home for his birthday celebration… He has been asking for it for over 2 months now and we too wanted to do it… But my only worry was that most of his friends would be out of town as schools have vacations during May. So we thought over it and celebrated it a few days before the vacations began… We had to fulfill this wish of his!!! He really wanted to have his friends home…
So we chose a comfortable Saturday as it would be convenient for most working moms to drop off their little 4 yr olds and 5 yr olds to the party. It was great fun shopping for balloons, ribbons etc to decorate the house. Buying gifts for all the kids and of course a nice birthday gift for my dear one… We ordered a cake of his choice too but the most challenging part was to keep all the kids entertained throughout the party!! Kids love to dance so I downloaded some popular songs of the season. Next, it was time for games…. I started thinking of all the games we played as a child. Finally settled on musical chairs and a game of bulls eye. He has a toy gun with bullets so thought of using it.
The evening started with all his friends and their moms arriving on time. To my surprise I saw my li’l one too welcoming guests and behaving a really nice host!!! Kids had loads of fun dancing, playing games and munching onto the snacks…. The house was full of chattering kids and music for the next 4 hours. And I also enjoyed watching my little darling having fun with his friends….
This was my first experience of inviting his friends home and I absolutely loved every bit of it. The planning, purchasing and the most tiring part – cleaning after they left!!! Next time I ll try and hide some of his toys before the party begins… It was crazy to find his toys under the sofa, inside the shoe stand and all over the house…
In short, this was a fun filled experience with a tiny lesson learnt….
I m back and as promised I shall share some activities kids would love to do it themselves leaving you with some spare time for the time being.
Readers caution: Mommies will have to help their dear little ones in starting most of these activities and clearing it all up in the end 😉
Activity#1. Jr. Scientist
Give your kids some flour, colouring agents,water and dried leaves, a bowl, glass and a spoon. See what a lovely paste they make. This is my son’s most favourite pass time while I m cooking and he calls it a dangerous chemical to kill all mosquitoes B-)
Activity#2 Jr. Engineer
If you have some spare dabbas at home, it ll make another great time pass as your li’l one will have fun arranging and rearranging them, stacking them etc… It is similar to playing with building blocks set but a little more fun as they get to use mommies kitchen items
Activity#3 Jr. Painter
Leave your little one with a set of water colors and painting brush and see what a mess he makes. U can control the mess though…. I usually stick some sheets on the wall so that they are spared.
Activity#4 Asst. Helper
Give your kid some atta ka dough and enjoy while he creates different shapes out of it or just simply sticks it on the floor. Similar to a play- doh thing.
Hope your little ones enjoy playing this as much as my tiny tot does. Share if you have any other fun games for the kids. Keeping kids occupied constructively is the most challenging part of motherhood.
Did you ll notice those ads in the newspapers or near your child’s playschools about summer camps??? Come summer and the newspaper is flooded by these ads and my son’s playschool teacher also mentions about what all activities they have in store for the kids for their super cool summer camp.
I don’t know but somehow summer camps never interested me. I never went to a summer camp, in fact summer vacations were all about going to grandparents house, fun with cousins etc… And the first time I ever heard about a summer camp was in the movie ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’.. 🙂 Huge grounds, colorful tents, kids staying on their own in a beautiful hill station,etc…. A summer camp was a mixture of all that for me… (Now I know I am being too naive)
But whenever any of these playschools advertise about their summer camps, the first question I always ask them is ‘Where is the summer camp held?‘ And the answer so far has always been in the same classrooms of the same playschool with the same staff…. How boring!! Imagine a child of 3 -5 years who spends his whole year with them again would have to go to that same place during summer vacations!! He wouldn’t even know the difference. So I decided not to send my little one to a summer camp. Instead he would be home with me for the whole day and also visit his grandparents house for a few weeks and have fun with them for a change. This was what I felt. But there were a lot of other parents who were very keen to join their kiddos in a summer camp of the same playschool or in some other playschool in the same locality. I asked some of them why do they want their kids to be sent to a school even during vacations – their answer (almost 90% of them) told me coz their kids get bored sitting at home all day long. So the best option was to send them to a summer camp where they have some friends, familiar staff (so that they don’t take time to adjust) and have fun….
All said and done, I still feel it is better for kids to stay away from their regular routine during vacations , engage themselves in any form of play, eat and sleep as per their convenience so that they start their routine for a new academic year with renewed energy levels…
Have fun filled vacations mommies!!!
Wanted to share my experiences with you all… My son is 4 years old and we were actively looking for schools in and around Santacruz, Mumbai for him. The top schools I had in my mind were:
a. Arya Vidya Mandir(BKC)
b. Bombay Scottish Mahim
c. Maneckji Cooper Juhu
We had already missed our opportunity in AVM as it started from Nursery and we should have applied last year . Tough luck but we had the other two options open, so waited eagerly for the forms to be given, filled it and waited for the next step. Maneckji Cooper started giving out forms in January after which they called in for an interview. Interview for the child !!! My husband and I thought interview was for the parents and worked really hard 😉 . It was my son who was asked questions there and he did pretty well considering that he seldom talks to people he meets for the first time. The final list of students who got through was given out in March and I was extremely surprised to see his name on the list. I checked it twice and even took photo of that list and sent it to all on my Whatsapp list….. Woww!!! It was such a great feeling. Now , I need not worry about which school he goes to. After months of only thinking and planning for his school, my mind is now suddenly blank.
Bought his school uniform, bag etc… just 2 days ago. All this is soo exciting. Can’t wait for the school to begin and my little one beginning a new chapter in his life…..
Good luck to all the parents awaiting results and hope all your wishes come true like mine did!!!