Teach Kids Diversity: Game 1 (Pakistan)

We live in a very diverse world, and even though we have come a long way in the tolerance department, we still have a ways to go. That’s why the month of July is all about tolerance and diversity. For the rest of this month, We will be playing games, eating snacks and doing crafts that teach kids all about the benefits of having friends from other cultures and backgrounds. Come along on our journey to learning about other cultures and how interesting and diverse this world really is!

Let’s start this week off with a game from Pakistan. It can be played with several, or a few kids at a park or even in the backyard.
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Ounch Neech

Country: Pakistan

Players: 3 or more

Materials: A large open field with lots of places to stand, like trees, benches etc.

How To Play

One child is “it.” It must yell out one of two words, “ounch,” which means up, or “neech,” which means down. If It yells “ounch,” the ground is like fire and all the other players must find something to stand on before they get tagged. If It yells “neech” everything except the ground is like fire, and all the players must stay on  the ground or risk getting caught.

Extra Resources

Check out this article by Parents.com for more great ethnically diverse games to play.

~QOTP~

Try out some of these games, and send me a pic through Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #teachingkidsdiversity. Got any ethnically diverse games you like to play with your family? Email them to me, and I just might post them on my website!

More About Teaching Kids Diversity:

http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/parenting/school-age/10-ways-to-teach-kids-about-diversity

https://www.thechildrenstrust.org/index.php/parents/news/newsletters/916

http://momsmagazine.com/2015/07/09/5-books-that-teach-diversity-to-read-this-summer/

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Fun Fitness Videos For Parents and Kids

Even though I have not had time to post in a couple of weeks since I am in the process of moving, I did find these really cool videos on YouTube about child fitness. The ideas in these videos are a great way to encourage your kids to stay fit and healthy. They are things that people at any age will enjoy (even the grown- ups).

“Fitness & Fun with Kids” – Christian Fitness -Faith Based Wellness

By Alisa Keeton

I love this series of games for two reason. The first is that it’s a great way to bond with your kids, and will help teach trust and teamwork. Second, she incorporates key verses from the bible into their routine.

Cool Games & Fun Warm-ups

By GymSmarts

This game is not only fun, but it is very funny. The more people you can get to play, the more fun it is. There is no limit to how many people can play at once since it’s not really a “competitive” game.

Focusing Fun for ADHD – Games to Help Kids Practice Focus

By Yoga Calm

I especially like this one because it is a game we used to play a lot at my elementary school. At the time, I thought any teacher who wanted to play this game was the coolest, but I now realize that it was probably more fun for them since it was NICE AND QUIET!

Which of these are your favorites? Comment or Tweet me some of your favorite YouTube videos for families.

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More About Encouraging Healthy Habits:

http://www.pbs.org/parents/food-and-fitness/sport-and-fitness/family-fitness/

http://www.parents.com/fun/activities/outdoor/get-active-games-kids-families/#page=1

http://merissawrites.com/2014/11/13/5-fun-tag-variations-for-all-ages/

9 Best Ways To Explore Color With Preschoolers

It’s color week on Merissa Writes. This week’s posts will be all about color and fun things to do with it. Below are nine of the best ways to have fun with color. No matter what time of year it is, you can find fun indoor games for kids and fun outdoor games for kids.

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Colors

1. Crayola color game-The Crayola website has a great way to explore colors with your kids online on their “explore colors” page. First you pick your favorite color and then you pick your favorite shade. This is a great way to introduce the concept of shades to your kids.

2. Sort colored candies- Stuck inside the house all day? Get out some brightly colored candies, like M&M’s or Skittles, and have your child sort them, line them up and even make a rainbow. The best part about these types of indoor games for kids is that they are educational and you get to eat them afterward.

3. Play- Doh- Play- doh is often forgotten when it comes to teaching your kids about colors as it is more associated with sensory activities for preschoolers rather than for colors. You can make all sorts of things with Play- Doh. The YouTuber SuishyBall makes some fun and colorful things with Play- Doh. So play, mold, create!

Shades

4. Organize your crayon colors by shade- If you have young children, you are sure to have a bunch or crayons, markers and colored pencils in the house. One of my favorite things to do as a child was organize my crayons by color and then by shade. I spent hours first organizing them lightest to darkest, and then darkest to lightest. This is a fun way to keep your kids busy on their own while you get some other things done.

5. Color in a bag- This one of my favorite indoor games for kids because it is both mess- free, and it is a creative way to pass the time. Just put two or three drops of different colored paint in a clear, “zipable” baggy, tape the ends to a table and let your little one squish around the paint with his fingers. Not only is this one of the many great sensory activities for preschoolers about color, but it can also be an introduction to shade and color mixing.

Science

6. Make colored flowers- Have you ever been to the grocery store, or flower shop and seen all those vibrantly colored flowers? Take your son or daughter to get some plain white flowers. Take them home, and put them in a vase with a few drops of your favorite food coloring and watch the petals change colors throughout the week. This is also an easy science experiment for kids.

Colorful-Snow7. Rainbow snow- Use several different spray bottles with water and food coloring to spray the snow outside on those snow- filled winter days. This is fun, even for adults, and it’s a creative way to teach your kids about snow and the way water melts.

Writing

8. Rainbow writing tray- Here is an idea that I love and has several ways you can use it. Just tape brightly colored duct tape to the bottom of a shoe box or shoe box lid, pour some salt so that it covers all of the bottom and hand your child a dull pencil or a paint brush and have her write or draw things in the salt. This is a fun way to introduce letter writing to your preschooler. It makes a really good transition from colors and shading to shapes and letters.

Food

9. Food coloring in food- Use a few drops of food coloring in your cookie dough, or make vinilla milk and color it with food coloring. Blue, red and green colored vinilla milk and cookies will always be a kid favorite.

Whatever you do, make sure it is fun for you and your kids. Be creative! Colors are so much fun, even for the grown- ups. If you try any of these ideas, please remember to tweet me (@merissawrites) pictures or comment below about how they work for you. I love to hear from my readers.

I got many of these ideas from Parents.com and learning4kids.net. If you check out their websites, you can find even more fun things to do with color.

10 Winter Break Essentials For Kids

It is officially winter, which means that winter break is just around the corner. That means more time to spend together as a family, and more time to keep the kids occupied. But don’t worry, if you have these winter break ‘must- haves’ at home, keeping them busy will be a breeze (well, as breezey as possible).

1. Christmas themed travel kits- If you plan to travel, this is a must. Travel kits with toys, crayons and coloring books will keep the little ones busy while you are driving.

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2. Card stock- Try to keep several colors of card stock around for making cards, which is a great way to teach your kids about giving.

3. Lots of colored construction paper- It’s important to have plenty of construction paper of all different colors, especially red and green. There is so much you can make: a Christmas card, perhaps, or maybe a colorful Christmas chain.

4. Board games for the whole family- Be sure you have games the whole family can enjoy. If you have a little one, don’t leave him out. What about a matching game? Matching games are easy to find for any occasion, and are a big hit with preschool and kindergarteners. You could also easily make your own.
5. Christmas cookie recipe book-

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You can use the internet to find awesome recipe ideas, too. There are a lot less advertisements, if any, in a recipe book than online. Advertisements can be very distracting to some kids. But online, you can find many more ideas.

6. Crayons and holiday coloring pages- Always have a variety of fun Christmas coloring pages handy, especially if you have kids who love to color. You can buy a coloring book, or you can just print them off as you need them.

7. Holiday puzzles- These are a great way to help keep their minds active while they are out of school.

8. Miscellaneous holiday toys- What kid doesn’t like to get in the holiday spirit through play? Get out your Santa toys or holiday playdoh. You can even use your nativity set to help your kids act out the story of Jesus.

9. Lots of books- Books are a great way to spend quality time together during winter break. They are also a good way to keep the kids busy while you bake, or on long trips. Make sure they have lots of colorful pictures.

10. Several christmas movie favorites- “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is a great movie to have out during the holidays. You can even read the book, and then watch the movie. In fact, all those classic Christmas cartoons you watched as a child are a great way to bond. Let your kids know which movies you used to watch.

*EXTRA TIP: Get these supplies before winter break starts so you won’t have to go even one day without them.*

5 Fun Tag Variations For All Ages

Everyone has played tag. Kids love it, and it’s a great way to help them let off some steam. Tag is an especially great game to play if you have a lot of rowdy kids. But the “regular version of tag can get boring very quickly. Sometimes it is fun to shake it up a little bit. Here are some of my favorite tag variations to have kids I care for play.

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Snake- In this version of tag, all the kids hold hands to become the “snake.” The one at the front of the line is the “head” and the one at the back of the line is the “tail.” The object of the game is for the head to tag the tail while the other kids in the middle try to keep the head from succeeding. When the head tags the tail, the head becomes the new tail and the next one in line becomes the new head. Have the kids play this until all the kids get to be the head and the tail. Or, if you have a lot of kids, until they seem to be getting tired of playing.

Hook, Line, Sinker- The game starts out with just one “hook.” The hook tries to tag the rest of the kids. When hook tags someone, that person holds hands with the hook and becomes a part of the “line.” Now the line and the hook can try to tag other kids. The kids may not break the line. When all the kids are a part of the line the  game is over. It’s a “sinker.”

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Pop culture- In this game of tag, “it” chases kids just like in normal tag. When a child is about to get tagged, have them sit quickly, and yell out the name of a television character, actor, singer, etc. If they are able to say the name before they are tagged, they save themselves from becoming the new “it.”

This variation of tag is a great game to play as an icebreaker, because most of the characters and people the kids say will help the other kids find out about things they have in common.

Zombie Take Over- The game starts out with only one “infected zombie.” The zombie has to stagger around to tag kids, thus “infecting” them. When he infects another person, that child also becomes a zombie. The game is over when all the kids are zombies.

This is a great game to play when it is close to Halloween, or with kids who love to be dramatic and pretend.

Operation- I remember playing this game a lot when I was a child. It was so much fun.

To start this game, “it” must try to tag other kids. When it tags someone, that child must put their hand on the place they were tagged, this is their “injury,” and continue to avoid being tagged. Once both hands are holding an injury, the child must freeze and wait for two other kids to “operate.” Two kids who are not it must run up, touch the child at the same time while counting to five. This game can be played as long as the kids want, but please remember to change “it” often.

Activity is very important for kids, and it does not have to be boring. By adding variety to their game play, you will show them that exercise can be fun, and will encourage them to make up their own games to play.