Top Activities to Improve Child Care and Development
Early child care and education play significant roles in your child’s development as they grow. As you know, learning is an ongoing process and your child can learn even outside of their classrooms. As their parent and guardian, you have an important role to play in their education.
Learning Activities You Can Enjoy with Your Child
You can help your child have fun as they learn and develop new skills. Here are some activities that can help your child enjoy learning new things:
Use Textures for Learning.
Toddlers love to experience things. They enjoy touching, smelling, and tasting things around them. Although you may find it frustrating to tell your child to stop biting the remote or to put down the broom before they hurt themselves– you can actually use their curiosity to your advantage.
You can use some paper to draw on some letters, numbers, and even words if they are old enough to learn them! Then, you can use some textured items such as cotton balls, sandpaper, glitters, and beads to decorate them. Using texture learning materials gives your kid the opportunity to fill the way a letter or number is formed.
Measure things with everyday items.
Measuring things with a ruler may be too boring for kids and it is something that they might already be doing in school. But, of course, using a ruler in school does not mean that they are particularly interested in the topic or to learn counting or measuring as a skill at all.
You can help pique their interest by making things interesting. Instead of using common measuring tools, you can use items around the house. For instance, you can show them how to measure their height using an apple or their toys. Make sure that you count out loud as you lay down the objects so that your child can mimic, memorize, and eventually understand the concept of numbers and measurements.
Label household items.
Label some items around the house and help our child read them. You do not need to label everything at once. It can be a fun little activity that you shake up every once in a while.
For instance, you can label one of your windows, a cabinet, and maybe a lamp for one week. Show your child how to read the label and help them remember what the item is called. Then you can change the items into something else the next week.
Eventually, your child will be able to identify words on their own.
Teach your kids to organize through games.
Organizing is also a skill that kids should learn. Teaching your child how to organize does not only help them learn how to categorize items, but it also helps them understand the meaning of responsibility. However, more often than not, it can only be seen as a chore.
Fortunately, there are ways to make organizing things fun. For instance, you can make it a guessing game where you ask your child where an item should go, and then let them put it there if they answer correctly. For instance, you can ask them if their toy should go in their toy bin, the refrigerator, or the bookshelf– then have them place the toy in the bin if they answer correctly.
Prepare a Scavenger Hunt.
Children are curious, energetic, and imaginative which makes a scavenger hunt a fun learning activity that you can arrange for them.
You can either plan one or just play one on the spot. For instance, you can get them to spot items for you in the supermarket. But of course, do not let them out of your sight!
You can also play it at home where you can pretend that you can’t find an item like your socks or the remote. To your child, it will sound like a fun mission that they must accomplish. It will also make them the hero once they find all the items you ask them to find.
There are lots of ways to turn education into fun games. You can use everyday items that you have in your home. You are not limited to the items in this list, but hopefully, it helps you think of new ways to make learning a fun activity for your child.