Activities to boost creativity
It does not matter if your children take up painting or playing an instrument. These hobbies help them develop their imagination, improve fine motor skills, build their vocabulary and memory, and practice decision-making, problem-solving and critical thinking. But most importantly: creative activities can support their confidence and develop social skills. And that is what children need in order to adjust to living in a new country.
Vzletná, creative center in Prague’s Letná district, organizes special workshops for children from Ukraine. These activities are open to their parents too. Which types of workshops can children enjoy? For example, they can create comics or draw illustrations here.
Do you live in Brno? The local Primary Art School Veveří offers music and art courses for Ukrainian children from the age of 5. You can also check out this website where you will find other leisure activities that the city of Brno organizes for children from Ukraine.
Gallery of Fine Arts in Ostrava not only provides a free entrance to exhibitions for refugees from Ukraine but also organizes creative workshops for children from 1.5 years of age accompanied by their parents. You can arrange the dates of the workshops individually with the gallery.
Sports activities to relieve stress and make friends
Exercise is beneficial at any age. Encouraging children to do sports, especially at a preschool age, has important benefits for their overall development. Did you know that practicing sport can improve cognitive abilities too? Also, participating in a team may form your children’s personalities – it helps them learn teamwork, honesty, valuing hard work, winning, or losing. The great thing about sport is that it is a social activity, so it can be enjoyable, but also helpful in building new friendships.
Many sports clubs and associations try to help children from Ukraine by opening extra classes for them. For example, the website PRAHA SPORTOVNÍ includes a long list offering plenty of options. You can choose from many activities either by the particular sport, or by the neighborhood where you live.
South Moravian sports clubs offer free lessons too. Ukrainian children living in Brno and its surroundings can participate in sport classes in sixty clubs and pick up activities such as basketball, football, or swimming. Just choose the club offer your child likes and fill out the registration form.
Scouting is a great opportunity for children to spend their free time actively, make good friends, improve their Czech language skills, and explore nature. By Scouting, children learn to play different games and sports, but also other activities. The great thing is that Scouting works all over the country. All you have to do is find the troop nearest to your home.
Trips to help children discover the world around them
When planning your children’s leisure activities, don’t forget about trips. For example, to the countryside. Why are trips to nature so important? They help children to connect with the larger world around them. Also, nature enables children to develop all their senses and exercise their imagination in a more relaxed environment. Children who spend more time in nature may develop increased concentration and cognitive skills.
Czech Grand Canyon
Great America, a limestone quarry with a lake, represents a popular location for tourists and filmmakers. This place looks like from Arizona. But Great America is located about 20 kilometers from Prague and can be reached by car or public transport. Ideally, you can take a bus from the Zličín station to Mořina. Another option is going by a train to the stop called Karlštejn, and then take a walk to the Great America, which should take you about an hour.
When you don’t have enough time to make a trip far into the countryside, a great alternative is the ZOO. For example, the ZOO in Brno offers activities for children – guided tours and creative classes for preschoolers.
When you decide to go to Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, it is not only a trip to nature, but also to the world of old Czech culture. You will find the Wallachian Open Air Museum there, the largest of its kind in the Czech Republic. This place captures the local folklore, customs, and historical handicraft technologies. Since April, the museum has also offered free entrance to refugees from Ukraine.
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