Self help activities for kids

Definition of self help for child development: Taking care of one’s own needs, which allows for eventual independence. These activities encourage kids to develop self help skills and care for themselves.

36 Self help activities

Ideal Behavior

Story by: sumana

Ages: 24 to 60 months

Time: 10 mins

A pictorial representation of a child's ideal behavior. This can help your child to follow good habits.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Poems & Rhymes by: sumana

Ages: 6 to 60 months

Time: 5 mins

Get your kids moving by singing this cute Teddy Bear rhyme!

Nighty Night, Nancy

Story by: AugustW

Ages: 18 to 60 months

Time: 5 mins

Four-year-old Nancy and her loyal kitty Tiger share her bedtime routine.

Wash Your Hands (Hepatitis song)

Song by: Seattlemum

Ages: 12 to 48 months

Time:

The "hepatitis song" reminding people to wash their hands, thus stopping spread of disease. The ditty stuck in my head for 25 years,...

Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

Song by: Susanna

Ages: 18 to 60 months

Time: 15 mins

A song about getting ready in the morning.

The Pink Toothbrush

Story by: AugustW

Ages: 18 to 60 months

Time: 5 mins

Ry wants a toothbrush of his own in his very favorite color. Can he learn to brush his own teeth?

Peanut Butter Banana Time

Story by: AugustW

Ages: 24 to 60 months

Time: 5 mins

With her Dad's help, Bailey learns how to make a new, tasty sandwich.

Looking Both Ways

Story by: AugustW

Ages: 24 to 60 months

Time: 5 mins

Left, right, left, right - Lily uses her grandma's rhyme to stay safe.

Getting Dressed for Winter in Alaska

Story by: AugustW

Ages: 30 to 60 months

Time: 10 mins

Brrr! Tyler learns how to stay warm in his new Alaskan home.

Bridget Eats Her Soup

Story by: AugustW

Ages: 24 to 60 months

Time: 10 mins

Bridget learns how to eat messy foods - all by herself!

Tea Party

Game by: Susanna

Ages: 18 to 60 months

Time: 20 mins

Teach your child basic etiquette and dining motor skills in an imaginative environment.

If the Shoe Fits

Experiments by: Susanna

Ages: 12 to 48 months

Time:

Teach your child about spatial volume with this experiment in trying on clothes.

Let's Comb Our Hair!

Poems & Rhymes by: Lily Erlic

Ages: 24 to 48 months

Time: 1 min

Practice combing your hair while saying this fun rhyme. Recommended prop: one small plastic comb per child.

Let’s Wash our Hands!

Poems & Rhymes by: Lily Erlic

Ages: 12 to 42 months

Time: 4 mins

Rhyme to encourage hand-washing. First ask children when they wash their hands. Then ask, “How do we wash our hands?”

Tooth-brushing Song

Song by: masamom

Ages: 24 to 60 months

Time: 10 mins

Learn a song to help reinforce the tooth-brushing process.

Homemade Toothpaste

Experiments by: masamom

Ages: 36 to 60 months

Time: 20 mins

Use household ingredients to make homemade toothpaste.

Cup Drinking Practice

Game by: Susanna

Ages: 12 to 24 months

Time: 15 mins

Teach your child how to drink from different containers in a controlled setting.

1,2,3 Get Dressed Game

Game by: masamom

Ages: 24 to 60 months

Time: 30 mins

Encourage children to select clothes and dress independently.

Dressing for School in Kenya

Story by: AugustW

Ages: 24 to 60 months

Time: 10 mins

On her first day of school, Sanura must put her school uniform on all by herself.

Grace's First Trip to the Dentist

Story by: masamom

Ages: 36 to 60 months

Time: 10 mins

Explain a visit to the dentist and ease anxiety associated with going to the dentist.