Celebrate Holi with your preschooler

                                                   

The tunes of ‘’rang barse,’’ gulal and pichkari bring so much excitement to everyone irrespective of the age. Young children hop and run around and pick notorious ways to gun someone with their pichkarees. Here’s a list of things that can help you devise more fun ways to celebrate Holi.

Have a pep talk Why Holi?

 A role play can be organised on mythological tales associated with Holi. The play can portray characters of Hiranyakashipu, Holika, Lord Narsimha and the little Prahlad. This will lead to better understanding of the significance of Holi in a play way method.

Take them to the Holika dahan

The night before Holi, pyres are burn, where a piece of wood is put by everyone. You can encourage your child to participate in the puja by letting him contribute his piece of pyre. Ensure that the children stay at a safe distance from the bonfire. In addition to reinforcing the Holi story, this can serve as a reminder that one should be careful with fire. Alternately you can go for a fire free version of the holika dahan at home itself where you can even enact the story for the child.

Ground rules

Toddlers are always super-charged. They get super excited during celebrations when they see the hull-gulla around. In order to restrain them from falling or hurting themselves, brief them some Holi rules beforehand.

·         no shooting pichkarees directly on the face

·         ‘no’ to water balloons as they can cause injuries

·         choose lighter colours (as darker colours contain more harmful chemicals)

·         Give a timeout – Limited time for the play

·         instruct to close his/her eyes and lips if someone applies colour on his/her face, or    throws water towards him/her

·         maintain hydration by drinking water

·         avoid wet-dry-wet situation

·         use sunglasses to protect eyes from dusty air and sun

·         keep first aid kit handy 

Use safe colours

As we get geared up to celebrate the festival of colours, it’s natural of parents to get apprehensive to use synthetic colours. Synthetic colours contain harmful ingredients which can cause skin irritation, allergies, hair loss, edema and erythema. Opt for organic colours even if they cost a little more. They are safer and do not irritate skin.

Protect skin and hair

Apply oil or sunscreen all over your child’s body (skin and hair) before he/she goes out to play Holi. Oil forms a protective layer on skin and will not allow colour to stick to body. It even eases removal of any colour stains. Tip to avoid nail staining – paint their finger and toe nails with transparent nail polish and clean them after a bath.

Dress appropriate

Dress your child in jersey linen which can easily strain the water and keep them dry. Also, try to make them wear full sleeved clothes and which are long on the legs so the exposed body are is limited. 

Note - Kids should play Holi under adult supervision and away from frenzied mob


Is your child preschool ready

                        

How to check your tot’s preschool readiness?

In order to start preschool, your child need not have a must-set of skills. Young children develop at different and most preschoolers are still working on readiness skills when they start with preschool. And these skills are mastered gradually during their preschool learning. Below are some of the key developmental milestones a child will ideally have.

Potty trained- Preschoolers of Nursery (2.5yrs) are generally expected to come out of diapers. Not necessary that they are potty trained but by this time they should be ready to undergo potty training..

Independence

A little independence is a key for pre-schoolers. During the early childhood years, the playschool teaches your child to independently perform tasks. They learn to follow instructions without needing constant redirections.

Concentration

Being able to concentrate is another major milestone for toddlers that is learnt before they enter Nursery. Most preschool activities span is 10–20 minutes. If your tot is now able to concentrate for a span of 3-5 minutes, then you know he is preschool ready.

Emotional and social readiness

Children should be able to separate with parents without much anxiety. It can take a few days to settle when the transition happens but the child will eventually get comfortable with new faces. The ability to distinguish between known and unknown people itself is a sign that your child is developing social and emotional stability.

Stamina

Children need a lot of physical and mental energy for preschool. They should be in a routine to wake up early, have breakfast, get ready and go to school. Children who already attend playgroups or toddler program will have easy transition to nursery as they are actively engaged already.

Communication/language

Communication here doesn’t mean speaking in full sentences. The child should be able to communicate his needs in simple ways like sign language, broken sentences, and the right expression so the receiver understands what she/he is trying to convey. Being able to understand basic words and instructions will make your child ready for preschool.

Physical development

To thrive in a pre-school,your child needs basic gross motor & fine motor skills. Your child should be able to kick and throw a ball, , able to scribble holding crayons with five fingers, string beads, lace, turn pages of book etc.

 Self-management

Taking care of personal needs is a sign that your child is independent and growing. At this stage, if your child is able to indicate toilet needs, care their belongings, and interact with people, show personal likes and preferences and much more alike indicates his readiness for preschool.

If your child is already going to playschool, then based on end-of-the-year assessment given in the toddler program, you can understand the readiness of your child. If your child cannot do everything on this list, it does not mean that he/she is not ready for Nursery. In fact it will allow you and the preschool teachers to actively facilitate the readiness by ensuring that your child participates in activities that develops the appropriate skills required to help optimal learning.