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9 Terrific Indoor Activities for Chaldean Toddlers
By Neda Ayar :: Friday, November 30, 2007 :: 48110 Views :: Health & Fitness, Living & Lifestyle

Chaldean parents are curious on how to capture their little one's creative energy when the weather gets cold.  Being cooped up in the house all day can make a toddler honery and troublesome.  Chaldean parents can help channel that energy by trying at least one of our nine fun, brain-boosting projects.

1. Make a Family Album.
Create a family photo album (the 4" x 6" plastic booklets), and gather individual snapshots of all the people you want to include. Put the photo on the right, and on the left insert a 4" x 6" index card with a word or two identifying that person (Grandma, Um’ma (Uncle) George, and so on).  This is a great opportunity to reinforce Chaldean family words, colors, and common objects with your toddler.  Kids love to look at pictures, and it will also help your child remember who's who.

2. Custom Post Cards.
With the extra 4" x 6" index cards create postcards.  Let your child draw or paint a picture on one side, then turn it over and ask write a message together that you can send to a loved one. Add the address and a stamp, and you're sure to brighten someone's day.

3. Paper Garden.
Kids love crafts.  The tactile learning helps improve their skills and keeps their attention.  A paper garden is a great idea to get those creative and critical thinking juices flowing.  Using safe pinking shears or other decorative scissors cut flower shaped blossoms out of brightly colored construction paper, then tape onto a drinking straw. Set bouquets in vases around the house.  You can try different designs.  Let your child give them to others.   

4. Shape or Color Week.
Dedicate a week to a color or a shape. On red day, dress your little one in a red shirt. At breakfast, point out all the red vegetables, fruits, or markings on products. During shape week point out all the various things made up of the shape you have chosen.  Walk around the house and point out all the red things or circles you see.   It's a great way for kids to learn their colors and shapes and it gives organization to the day.

5. Build a Shoebox House.
Use some of those old shoe boxes to build a house.  Cut out a door and some windows, make curtains out of fabric scraps, draw or paint pictures to hang on the walls, and put swatches of old clothes inside for a carpet. You can also attach boxes of different sizes to create a mansion.

6. Wind Chimes.
Find some yarn or fishing line and string beads, bells, and other noise-making objects onto them. Tie the other end onto a wire hanger twisted into a circle.  Be sure to tie the strings closely enough so the objects strike each other and make music when the breeze blows. Hang the chimes on your porch or in a tree, and listen for the soothing sounds from inside the house.  Whenever the chimes make a sound give each other a hug. 

7. Create a Home Book.
Create an "I can" book with your child. Cut out pictures of things she can do (eat, ride a brike, get dressed, brush her teeth) from old magazines and glue them onto sheets of construction paper and then make holes with a three-hole punch and use a colorful ribbon or yarn to bind the book.  You can also have your child tell you a story and together draw or cut out pictures to go with it.

8. Create a Concert.
Build your own instruments, and have a concert for the family. Be creative and let your imagination run wild.  For a great sound, put crunchy cereal between two aluminum pie plates stapled together, shake rice in a soda can, or make a drum out of an empty cardboard oatmeal container (use a wooden spoon for a drum-stick).

9. Build a Cushion Fort.
Find big boxes or take the cushions off the sofa and build crawling tunnels by stacking the cushions and assembling boxes.  Use bed sheets to drape over the openings.  Create twists and turns and add little holes and window flaps for your child to look through.  


Sacred Heart Parish, MI USA

 

Sacred Heart Parish
310 W. Seven Mile. Rd.
Detroit, MI 48203
Tel: (313) 368-6214
Fax: (313) 891-0132

The parish was established by Rev. Jacob Yasso in 1973

Rev. Jacob Yasso

Rev. Jacob Yasso was born in the village of Telkaif, Iraq.  After completing high school he was recruited to Rome and Urbaniana University where he completed his Masters Degree in philosophy and Theology.  Fr. Yasso was ordained a priest in 1960 and served the Diocese of Mosul, where he worked in the public school system. Fr. Yasso was also asked by the Patriarch to teach at the Patriarchal Seminary in Baghdad, where he served as administrator, professor of philosophy and religious life, and rector of the minor seminary. 

In 1964, Fr. Yasso was appointed to the United States to serve the growing Chaldean community in Detroit.  There he served as the 4th Pastor of Mother of God Parish.  .  In 1972, the Patriarch charged Fr. Yasso with building a new parish for the Chaldeans in Detroit.  In taking great pains to care for the community Fr. Yasso accelerated the development of a new church and community center.  In 1975, Fr. Yasso completed the development of Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit and shortly thereafter he added the Chaldean Center of America in 1980, 

A few years later in 1982, Fr. Yasso was asked to assist the late Fr. Kattoula at St. Peter’s Church in San Diego, CA.  Before long, Fr. Yasso was once again recruited to Rome to study new Canon Law of the Church.  While in Rome Fr. Yasso completed his third Masters Degree in Church Law, making him the only Chaldean priest trained in Canon Law. 

In 1988, the Patriarch and Vatican authorities asked Fr. Yasso to travel to Canada and establish a parish and community center.  While there he served as a Tribunal Judge for the Archdiocese of Toronto.  Four years later Fr. Yasso returned to Sacred Heart church in Detroit to help care for the remaining Chaldean community residence in the Detroit area.  To this day, Fr. Yasso continues to serve as the parish pastor creating activities and advising the City of Detroit on community related matters. 

Fr. Yasso is a member of the International WYCLIF Bible translators, since 1975, and has completed the translation of the New Testament from Greek and Aramaic into Arabic and spoken Chaldean.   The publication of his scholarly work is set to be released soon.