4 REASONS TO LET YOUR KIDS GET MESSY


Children and making a mess, go hand in hand.  Did you know that sometimes making a mess can actually be beneficial for your child? 

Here are some reasons to let your toddler get good and messy.

1. It teaches cause and effect:

‘’Curiosity is a child’s best teacher.’’ If we always intervene before kids experience the outcomes, will they learn? Messy art and messy play in a safe environment lets kids experience cause and effect.

2. Contributes to health:

 Exposure to dirt helps in strengthening the immune system that will provide lifelong protection. However, you should follow rules of hygiene, teaching your child to wash his hands after playing in the mud or being exposed to germs.

3. Sensory stimulation:

Sensory experiences help your child understand his/her world better. Different children learn differently. So try teaching (counting, identifying colors, etc.,) using natural materials that involve the use of multiple senses. If learning experiences stimulate senses, the brain is more likely to internalize what’s being learnt.

4. Builds motor skills:

Often parents pick clean and non-messy toys for children to play with. The downside is that these games don't allow for open-ended play. Give your child large sheets of paper, jumbo crayons / paints, and watch him/her go all out in using them with those small hand and finger muscles. These muscles are the ones he'll use for everything from self-feeding to buttoning to writing with a pencil. Not just this, it also inspires open-ended thinking. Because if it’s messy, it is confusing and it constantly changes. It gives them a chance to think beyond boundaries

Let them get messy and learn beyond boundaries, but be sure to lay some guidelines to clean up in a way that feels like it’s all part of the game. 


SCHOOL ON A RAINY DAY



All of us have fond memories of the monsoons and rains from our childhood — unplanned school holidays, splashing in muddy puddles, getting drenched, or simply sitting at home with friends and siblings, having lots of fun. 


Today, how many of us today get to watch our little ones bask in some monsoon moments?

The freshly washed leaves on the trees, that nice smell of the wet soil, rainy creatures cherishing the beautiful scenario, your little one too is bound to fall in love with the rains and monsoon season.


As parents, we cherish the memories that monsoon poured over our childhood, yet when it comes to our children today, we worry about all the ill effects that monsoon brings along. 

The humid weather, flooded roads, mosquitoes, different types of diseases, etc. With a little care and precaution you can let your children enjoy this beautiful season and also keep them safe from diseases.


Cold and flu are the most common diseases occurring in monsoon. Whenever you go out in the rainy season ensure to carry the rain coat or an umbrella along with you and for both you and your child, it will save you both, from the rain. You should also keep in mind certain things before buying a rain coat for your child, such as the suitability of the fabric for the prevailing climate, other accessories such as boots to protect the little one’s feet, etc.



In addition to the above, a few more things to be kept in mind while sending children to school on a rainy day are:


1. If possible first put their books in a plastic bag then keep it in their school bag, it will keep their books dry and safe.


2. Make sure your kids carry handkerchief/tissues with them so that they can wipe the water on their hands while touching books and other things once they reach into classroom.


3. Tell your children about the hazards of getting wet in rain so they don’t find opportunities to drench in rain.


4. Pack a healthy lunch/mid-day meal in a vacuum tight container so that it won’t get spoiled due to moisture.


5. If possible give them boiled water after cooling in their water bottles so any impurity gets eliminated. You may want to alert your child to not drink water from anywhere else which might have risks of contamination.


6. As soon as your children come back home from school in the rainy season try to bathe them in lukewarm water with a good antiseptic solution like Dettol or Savlon, which reduces the chances of germs affecting their skin.


7. In the rainy season try to keep children inside home and give them lots of fun learning toys, games, books, art & craft sets, do-it-yourself kits etc., which can keep them engaged and render non-stop fun and knowledge throughout the season.


Following the above measures will possibly keep your kids healthy in the rainy season and they can also enjoy the season very much. Monsoon despite being a peak season for illness is also a golden opportunity to make some beautiful memories with your child. Make the most of this season by occasionally indulging in some hot snacks with your child on a rainy evening or by teaching them the art of making paper boats that they can play with once the rain subsides. 


Happy Monsoon!