Kids have an innate curiosity that makes the early years some of the most vital for them in terms of learning and life in general. As their brains are rapidly developing, children have a natural ability to learn quickly and easily. To take advantage of such skills and for children to absorb all the new information that they can, games and entertainment may be used and especially helpful.
Since every child has their own unique learning style and speed, it is crucial to try out different games and techniques to see what works for them.
Here are some of the best techniques and learning games for children:
Children will absorb information that is around them anyways, but active playing will help children to really be engaged and learn better overall. This also enables children to choose how they want to learn by playing. It is a very fun way for kids to enjoy themselves and effectively learn, whether it is via structured learning content or free-play enhanced by a focused skill set.
Productive screen time
Screen time doesn’t have to mean watching a television show or game for entertainment purposes. Interactive apps are a great way to learn by productive playing (and yes, can be attained by bribery for technology time, which is in fact productive screen time). Language apps are wonderful tools that your child can use and have fun with to learn a foreign language. For example, on the Babbel app there are many languages available and your child can learn fun and basic phrases such as “thank you” in Polish and follow a learning path for one (or more!) of the 14 languages currently offered.
Bananagrams is classic game that is fun to play with, especially if you get the jumbo version! For young children, for example, they can work with finding letters, spelling words out, putting letters in order according to the ABC’s, etc.
Calculator hopscotch is a perfect example of active playing. Through the combination of the classic hopscotch game and the educational twist with maths, children can play this game in any safe area as long as they have a piece of chalk! One way of playing entails throwing an object onto a square that has a number and hop to an equation that equals the number.
Now, no matter how many games and techniques you use, the most important thing to with your child is to get them excited to learn.
Here are some ways you can boost your kids’ enthusiasm to learn:
Let’s be honest, children are easily distracted! So if you want to them to focus in on an activity or game, remove distractions. Turn off that television and create an environment that fosters focus and learning.
Find interesting subjects based off your children’s interests
Learning something new is exciting, yes, but the best way to encourage your child to continue learning is to piggyback off what they are already interested in. Introduce new topics and see what sparks their interest, then follow that.
Show the relevance
Show your children that what they are learning is relevant and truly matters and why. If your child is interested in pretty pictures of destinations, for example, explain why learning a language can make all the difference for any travels they may have in the future.
Keep a positive environment
Every child will be more excited to learn in a positive environment. Encourage your children and show them that they can do whatever they put their mind to. So share sincere compliments with your child and put a smile on their face. They will be more inclined to continue learning if they feel supported.
What are some of your children’s’ favourite educational games? How do you encourage productive playtime?
Written by EJ