The time parents spend with their children often passes by in anticipation of something. It can be a “small” queue at Sberbank for paying receipts, or at a counter in a store, or when we just need to get some help. We are waiting for us to be served in the restaurant, until the swing is free, or until our favorite TV show begins. In these situations, children understand that for adults, waiting can also be tiring.
Sometimes we find ourselves in a special waiting room, as happens when visiting a pediatrician or dentist, and then the wait is accompanied by a feeling of anxiety. When at such moments we try to amuse the child by playing calm and interesting games with him, he feels gratitude to us and makes it clear that now he is especially necessary for us.
Although expectation in our lives is a common occurrence, it nonetheless contradicts the natural state of the baby who has not yet mastered the art of being patient. We are sometimes as impatient as our children. Sometimes we feel guilty for the fact that children have to suffer in line with us; we begin to worry that we will not get home in time for dinner, or we’ll be afraid to be late somewhere else.
However, when we play, time passes faster for both children and us. And since we often have to wait, games help to remember not the wasted time, but minutes of joy spent with the child in the game. Try to make sure that any expectation turns into a relaxing holiday from this hectic world.
Be always prudent. When you go somewhere, knowing that you have to stand in line, bring along a bag with various items that can be used as toys. In this case, any thing will be useful – a small notebook and colored pencils, matchboxes and a good book. The surrounding space can also be used as an important element of the game. Walls, furniture, people around can help the child develop various skills and make the wait more enjoyable.
Use the exercises described in this article and invent your own. Perhaps they will help you remember the games that you played a long time ago, when you yourself were children.
Name three …
This simple game teaches you to classify items. You or your child choose any category of objects – cars, animals, states, travel methods, bad habits, TV channels – and say: “Name three …” (from one category of objects). If you play together, call the category one by one, asking each other.
If you have several children, then you offer everyone a separate category of objects and give time to think. Or the children themselves determine who names the category first and who answers. As soon as the child names three subjects, he asks the next.
“Now the time has come for monsters,” you tell your child if you have to wait somewhere for a long time and have nothing to do. To give birth to a monster, a child must choose some kind of geometric figure – a triangle, a circle, a square (older children can be offered a hexagon, octagon, parallelogram). If your child has chosen a triangle, then draw this triangle large and certainly in the center of the sheet. Now watch how he will “turn” into a monster. Draw big sharp teeth, disheveled hair, huge legs, claws, sharp ears. Of course, the monster must be called somehow. Help your child come up with some really “scary” name. You can take the monster home to include it in the collection of monsters.