How Kids Can Benefit from Art After School Courses

Arts and creativity is part of our youth, children love illustrations, colors, shapes, animations and graphics. Studies prove that early exposure to arts program can help on our kid’s growth. Let us not ignore the fact that our left brain is for analytical thinking while the right part of the brain is for creativity. So how do you nurture the right brain of your child?

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Enter arts after school programs, a very good way to nurture your child’s artistic wisdom and creativity. Though art classes are available for some school, you can opt on extra art programs that will teach your kids many arts fundamental like basic drawing, painting classes, crafts, and even computer graphics.

If you are thinking of art activities now, here are the benefits that you need to know on these type of after school activities:

Creativity

Art classes are opportunity for your kids to nurture their creativity. Kids get a chance to use their creative mind and imagination during activities. It allows students to explore things based from his or her visualization. Creativity push inventions and innovations, a forward thinking that we need to have a better future. Continue reading

15 Healthy Snacks for After School Kids

Kids need the right nutrition to have that extra energy and perform well on after school activities. Parents should watch what their kid is eating; store-bought food and snacks may not be nutritious and insufficient on our kids need. If parents will let their kids buy their own snack, they could just buy a soda or junk food.

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Here are fifteen healthy snacks for your kids who are busy on extra after school activity.

Cheese – A very good source of energy and protein. Cheese slices can be used on sandwiches or be sliced on fun shapes and could go together with other fruit slices on a stick.

Spreads – Peanut butter, cheese spreads and fruit jams. Kids will love their sandwich if it comes with flavorful sandwich spread.

Baked Muffins – Add flavor and color to breads. Kids love banana flavored muffin, or any fruit taste your kid love. Continue reading

Growth Hack #9: Teaching Kids to Love Sports

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Sports can teach children many important things – fitness, discipline, motivation, socio skills and team work.  Indeed sports have so many advantages and can help our kid grow healthy, physically, emotionally and socially. If you are looking for an after school activity for your kids, you will probably go for sports, but not all kids are fond of sports. How do you teach your kid and able them to try sports? This post will give important pointers on how to make kids love sports.

Start Early

To start early is to determine which sports our kid will love. Parents and kids should get involved early in sports, may it be swimming, basketball, martial arts kids’ trying out sports is not a bad idea. This could later on give your kids options on whether to go strong and specialize on a particular sport or be good and have extra options when getting involved at sports. Continue reading

The Complete List of Outdoor Adventure Essentials for Kids

Is your kid going out for an outdoor activity? Make sure that your kids have all these essentials before going out for an adventure so that they will have the best fun experience and safe outdoor activity.

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First aid kit

Sanitizer, band aids, cotton balls and alcohol, these are just some of the lifesaver materials that you need to put on your kids first aid kit. We all want our kids to be safe, but scratches and bruises is a normal thing that occurs in outdoor activities that we can’t prevent. For our kid to have a ready first aid kit could become a lifesaver. Continue reading

Different Types of Kids Play (Infographic)

Kids love to play, it is an opportunity for them to have fun and experience life. Childhood play is important to kid’s growth, it give our kids the learning that they need in order to develop physically, mentally and emotionally. At play, kids learn how to interact and develop their social skills by making friends while playing, solve situational and analytical problems and grow further.

We parents should understand the types of play that our kids is involved with. It will allow us to put them on a situation where they could truly take advantage of play.

Here’s an infographic made by afterschool.ae that showcase types of play:

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Solving ADHD with After School Activities

(ADHD) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is always attached to person’s inability to focus or pay attention. A health condition that is common to kids at school or kids at the toddler age. To help parents solve their kids, let us suggest to you a number of after school activities that can help your kid get over ADHD.

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Individual Sports vs Team Sports

Studies shows team sport activities are a no-no for kids who suffer ADHD. It is not ideal to put a kid under such condition on team events where they will have to learn things and cope up with distractions. Kids under ADHD may also have trouble in following instructions “learning disability”, they are also impulsive, inattentive and has lower tolerance on things which might not be helpful on team sports. Continue reading

Growth Hack #8: Kids TV and Safety

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Kids love TV – they could spend hours watching their favorite cartoon or TV show all day. We parents should moderate television viewing at home so that our kids can have a safer and healthier life. Studies show how media can badly affect your kid’s character development; TV shows for example can influence delinquency among youths, from substance to alcohol abuse, foul language and immature content to premature sex and abusive content.

Parents should take over and moderate television viewing

Check for TV Ratings Guide – Some TV shows might be appropriate to all kids, some are not. Therefore parents should look for ratings and guides on what shows may fit to their kids. We saw this helpful cartoon ratings table from parents TV organization:

TVY –Programs created for all children. These cartoons are created for children with age of 2 to 6 years old. Absolutely with no violence and zero matured content. Continue reading