To keep your child interested in learning, you need to be creative. Kids who are small need interactive activities to learn. Educational games or mini-projects are a great way of accomplishing this.
There are plenty of ideas out there for you to use to teach your child in a fun way. We’ve teamed up with Toddle to take a look at five ideas for educational games and lessons to keep the educational process exciting and engaging for your kids.
Unscramble words with alphabet Cards
Unscrambling words with alphabet cards is a fun game that you can play with your child for as long as he is interested in it. Allow him to put two or three letter words together with the cards.
You can make the cards yourself by using paper with graphics, letters, and laminating film. Let your child help you with this process as well; it’s a fun game.
Also, to make this more interesting, you can use it for a family game night and take turns unscrambling the cards and making words with them.
Take pictures to help your child learn phonics
If your child has a creative mind, then use a camera to help her learn the sounds of letters and words. Let the child go on a scavenger hunt around the house with her camera. Every time she snaps a picture of an item, let her tell you what it is called.
To make this adventure more interesting, help her find items in alphabetical order. Once she’s finished taking pictures, let her create a scrapbook and list the photos from A to Z. This is an easy way to get your child interested in learning while having fun.
Make easy science experiments
Kids always love science experiments. It’s an interactive experience that will help them learn the cause and effect of the physical and natural world that is around them.
You may think that this is dangerous and you’re picturing an explosion happening in your home. However, the experiment does not have to be big or complicated.
For example, the project could be a small experiment such as using floss or sewing string, cubes of ice, and salt. You put the string on the ice cube and put a small sprinkle of salt on it, then lift the string. The string will stick to the ice cube. Teach them the reason why this reaction happened.
To you, the experiment might be simple, but for the child, it will seem like they made a robot.
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Use a word outline chart
Teaching your child how to write short words and how to spell them will help him learn the words quicker. Start by teaching him how to write his name.
You can even make an alphabet outline chart by using writing paper and
graphics. Allow your child to help you make it. It will be a fun
bonding time for you and him and it will make him eager to learn the words.
Once he feels comfortable tracing the letters on the chart, have him use paper
to write it down. Always use a pencil or a dry-erase marker.
Remember not to overwhelm him, but start slow and simple. In the beginning,
allow him to learn two or three letters at a time. It will take time for him to
write so be very patient and make it a fun experience. Take frequent breaks as
Make learning maths fun and a part of life
When it is time for her to clean up her bedroom and do other chores around the house, make maths a part of it. Let her count how many toys she has on the floor or how many clothes she needs to put away in the dresser drawer. Diversify your methods by using addition, subtraction and simple multiplication to make it delightful and refreshing.
Allow your child to use maths when you take him or her on your errands. While you’re at the supermarket, allow her to count items that you need or that is in the trolley. While you are in the car, make a game and have her count how many black cars or any other colour cars that he might see while you’re driving.
By doing these things with your children, it will help them understand that maths can be a fun learning experience and that it is necessary for everyday life.
I hope you enjoy these five educational games and lessons to help children learn. Happy learning everybody!