Learn your child through play!
Playing is one of the easiest ways via which kids can learn. In fact, this way they usually learn faster than their peers. Kids love to play and one can turn some beloved activities into an opportunity to broaden horizons of knowledge. No wonder this learning method is highly appreciated by psychologists and educationists all around the world. Playing opens the mind of a kid and helps to absorb new information quicker. The official or formal learning can be difficult and not too attractive, whereas learning through play can simplify this process and make it more friendly for a child.
Kids enhance cognitive and social skills via play. They also develop emotionally and gain their self-confidence via which they can interact with their environment better. You do not know how to start? Well, we are here to help:)
1 Board games
Your children can learn a lot by playing board games, especially when they play with adults, from whom they can get more experience about the game. They can learn how to win and how to manage losses with good manners and grace. The possible intellectual benefits of the board game are:
- Ability to learn through experience
- Ability to predict the possible outcome of alternative moves
- Ability to plan ahead
- Ability to detect patterns
Examples of board games your kids can benefit from are:
- The game of life
- Chutes and ladders
Some study shows that kids having learning disabilities can benefit a lot from the game of chess. In fact, schools that teach their pupils some chess tactics usually have better results in teaching other subjects.
2. Smart books
Wise books can also improve the mental capability of a child and make him learn faster. All grades of kids can benefit from this activity, be it a first grader or even an eighth grader. Although most kids start reading from their 6th year, your 3-year-old child can also benefit highly from books appropriate to its age. But how exactly books can help to learn? Check the hints below:
- Choose the right book for your child’s age. Read to the child: Songbooks, cloth books, board books, and lullabies are best for your one-year-old, short-story board books, songbooks and rhyming books are best for your 1-3-year-old kids. While rhyming books, picture books, songbooks and alphabet books are best for your 3-5-year old kids.
- Ask questions. Do not just read to them, but also ask them questions about the book you are reading. It will increase their interaction, attention and help them to understand more. Asking them questions can also improve their comprehension ability.
- Be a good example. If you read as a parent, you can easily encourage your kids to read and inculcate reading habit into them at an early age.
3. Coloring pages
Coloring books can benefit your kids a lot. They can improve their handwriting, eyes and hands coordination and help them to train the patience and relaxation. Furthermore, using the coloring pages can help them to focus better and gain some useful knowledge, shore up their confidence and strengthen motor skill. But that is not all. Good coloring pages can stimulate their creativity and self-expression. They can also help to recognize colors faster and have a therapeutic effect on a kid. What is more, if you will decide to use some more advanced pictures like for example educational coloring pages, benefits can be even more distinct. They can, for example, be used to teach foreign languages, letters of the alphabet, animal species, perceptivity and many more.
4. Role play games
Role play can benefit kids and help them to learn better and faster. First of all, role-playing can improve the creativity of your kid. It can also boost the ability of a child to solve problems. Role-playing is all about teamwork and it can teach your child the benefits of teamwork from a very young age. Via role play, your kid can equally develop social networking. Exposing him to such situations early in life can distinctly help later on. Role play makes a child a lot smarter than colleagues who do not engage in similar activities. It also gives your child an opportunity to meet new people, make new connections and new friends. In fact, it can teach your kid how to build solid and lasting friendships. Furthermore, it will teach a child about etiquette very early in life.
5. Outdoor games
Outdoor games have a true truckload of benefits! For one, it can develop learning skills faster than ever. It can also make children more creative and able to associate with the natural environment, which will help them to familiarize with new objects, like trees, plants, sky, moon, sun, etc. Outdoor games can also help a kid to live a healthier life. Additionally, the social skill of a child will improve tremendously. Outdoor games input some sense of independence in kids and make them stand on their own since outdoor games give some freedom from supervision. Finally, outdoor games give your kid the opportunity to explore the surrounding area and know it better.
6. Educational websites
The Internet can be a really useful tool in the child’s learning process. You just need to use it wisely. Quite easily you can find really many interesting websites with information from many fields of science. The online world of knowledge does not end with Wikipedia:) For example, have a look at Neuroscientia It is a very useful service where you can find resources on cognition, intelligence, memory, creativity and the review of various IQ tests. In other words, it is a tool to boost the intelligence of your child.
Playing does not just help your kids to relax and be happy. It can release their intellectual potential and enhance many desirable abilities and skills. This is possible if you choose the right game, its intensity and also play the expected supervisory role. Because as always: safety first!