A preschooler is a bundle of energy, always exploring and getting into things.
Research has proved that if we do not help the child harness his bursting energies, he may expend them tirelessly, such that he ends up exhausted or demonstrates negative behaviors of self expressions.
“After a full meal, a preschooler may suddenly get an urge to run aimlessly around the house laughing and shouting at invisible friends, only to collapse later into a crying tantrum because he is tired.”
Therefore, we must help young children to channelize their energies in positive ways to enhance their day to day functioning and promote their positive self- expression.
How you ask? Well by providing select play materials at home, these lend themselves to help vent or channelize the child’s feelings, emotions and energies in a positive way, especially providing a non-verbal means in absence of verbal facility of self-expressions at this age.
Select play materials
- The suggested play materials may be selected on the needs and interest of your child.
- Only one or two primary values of each play material are outlined herewith.
- Each of the activity maybe used in creative ways to provide fun and positive self-expression of children.
- You will discover more values of the materials as you go along with the child.
- Do provide safe materials and adequate supervision, each time, every
time, when you provide the play materials.
- These are:
1. Soft cuddly toys that will provide comfort and security to an upset child.
2. Bobo doll, a plastic air filled doll, which never falls to the ground even when a child punches it. Constant trials to defeat the doll, will help dissipate the anger and frustration of a child.
3. A punching bag made from an old pillow. A painted face on the pillow cover will add to the joy of vanquishing the enemy with a punch, especially who never hits back! The values are the same as in point 2, above.
4. Colored play dough (from the store or made at home) can be patted, kneaded, punched and tossed into a basket to release pent up energy.
5. Children’s storybooks can promote a child’s attention span by listening to stories, and teach positive ways of handling frustration and anger, if stories are chosen well.
6. It is calming for the child when he pours colored water into a bottle through a funnel.
7. Beating on drums, cartons and old vessels with safe sticks, can help vent a child’s feelings of anger or frustration. Palms may be used instead of sticks.
8. Old newspapers can be torn in small pieces to help the child in the same way as given in point no.7.
9. Colored finger painting gel can be spread on a big paper to slow and fast beats of music to help channelize a child’s energy. At the end it will also give the child his own painting!
Come on mom! Take a moment to play with your child!