Parents should set limits to the amount of television their children watch. There are some great shows that help children learn and teach them about the world around them. But, there are also shows that do nothing but waste a child’s time; time that could be used much more productively.
Many parents fall into letting their child watch television while they are in the kitchen preparing meals or cleaning dishes. This need not be the case however. Take your child into the kitchen with you. There are so many things in the kitchen that can be exciting to play with.
Let your child help you prepare a meal. They may make a mess, but will have fun doing so. You can set up a small table for him in the kitchen where he can pretend that he is the master chef. Provide him with some utensils, plastic bowls and plates, and some ingredients like beans, rice, fruits, etc. Soon he will be plating masterpieces!
Make play dough by combining 2 cups of flour, ½ cup of salt, 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of cooking oil, ¼ cup of cream of tartar, and a drop or two of food colouring in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until smooth. Let the dough cool before giving it to your child. He can use the dough to make pretend cookies, bread, even spaghetti.
Set up a table where your child can work on an art project each day while you are preparing dinner. Uncooked pasta glued to colourful construction paper is a good kitchen art project.
If you provide some fun activities for your child, they will soon forget about watching television and look forward to spending time in the kitchen with you.