HOW THE LIFE SKILL ACTIVITIES WORK
15 minute activities - life skills for kids
Each eBook contains twelve 15 minute activities for each of the seven life skill areas. These easy-to-follow activities will support you in teaching your child important life skills.
Activities use the following structure:
Describes the life skill activity, its purpose and the many benefits for your child.
15 minute activity
Step one - fact finding
Each activity begins with asking your child what they know about the skill to be developed. This helps them build good self esteem as it shows them you value their input and recognise they may already have knowledge in a particular area. This also gives you a base line to start from.
Step two - doing the activity
Describes the steps you can take and provides the information that could be helpful for teaching children life skills. Remember that you can do it your way based on your knowledge, beliefs and parenting style - we only provide advice and suggestions as support for parents.
Step Three - Finishing up the activity
Gives you an opportunity to sum up the activity, gives your child an opportunity to tell you what they have learned and to ask any questions.
Sometimes there are alternatives ways the life skill could be developed or extended. These are provided in the “another idea” section.
Age appropriateness tip
Where relevant, an age appropriateness tip is provided support for parents with young children. In this case, the activities are modified to cater for a younger child’s level of development, understanding and language skills.
Schedule times and create a routine
Once you have the Life Skills Home Activity eBook, it is important to take a little time to prepare by reading the activities in advance, selecting the ones you would like to complete and scheduling time for them.
Making time and scheduling the activities is crucial to your success. If you don’t plan for the activities, they are less likely to happen. A routine is a great way to make sure the activities are completed. You may like to do the activities at the same time every week so you have an easy routine, for example, straight after school Monday and Friday. You may like to schedule them around other daily activities like before bath or before bed. It is probably better not to schedule activities where you may not have time to complete them - like before school - especially if you tend to run late! If you can’t manage completing the activities on a week day, you might like to schedule the activities at the same time on the weekend. The important thing is that you MAKE time to complete the activity with your child and establish an achievable routine that is right for your family. You may like to start slowly by doing one activity for a few weeks and then when you have that routine established you add the second activity - either at the same time or on another day - it is up to you. Or better still you can just jump in and commit to doing both the 15 minute activities from week 1.
You will receive the activities in one email at the end of the week prior to the week you are intended to complete them. This means that you will have a few days including the weekend to look over the activities, schedule them into your plans and if required, prepare for the activities for the following week.
In order to make this work it is important to explain the new activities and new routines to your child. For example, you could explain that you will be completing one 15 minute activity on a weekday together after school and one on a weekend after lunch. Or you could choose to both on the weekend or both during the week, whatever suits your family. Once you and your child get into a routine and you both love the activities, your child will be your reminder if you forget!
Over time, the 15 minute activities will become part of your normal family life. In this way you will easily and naturally help your child develop the key life skills for a happy and successful life!
Getting your child interested and engaged
You know best what motivates your child and how you can get them to willingly participate in activities. In general, the younger the child, the less persuading and explanation will be needed. Young children tend to simply want to be with you so they will be happy to try these new activities together. Once you have them participating, to maintain interest, it is important to make them fun!