Every parent wants the best for their child. As they watch their child grow, parents should take every opportunity they can to educate their children. However all work and no play makes Jack (or Jill) a dull boy (or girl), so finding the balance between fun and educational can sometime be challenging for parents. In this how to guide we’ll show you a few ways you can teach your child new skills, while having fun at the same time. Some of these suggestions will depend on age. Our advice is based on children aged between 5 and 14
Sending your child to group sessions is an excellent way to help them develop social skills as well as teach them something new. For the younger end of our range sending them to after school activities or extracurricular is a great way to help them try new things and meet new people. For the slightly older children, taking them to drama & theatre classes from groups like the Performance Net or sending them to learn soft skills like cooking & first aid with the scouts. Sending your children to classes like this can help teach them discipline and give them some structure. This can help them learn valuable time management skills, an important lesson which is obviously more relevant to the older kids than younger ones.
Stimulating the creative side of your child’s mind can be an excellent way to stimulate their interest in arts and creativity. Drawing with them, reading with or to them and having them just create can be a fun way of educating and entertaining your children. For younger children reading to them or reading alongside them is a great way of teaching them the basics. Drawing is always a favourite with young kids, having them draw or write their own book or script and perform a play is a great way for them to have fun and develop your child’s imagination. Nurturing your child’s imagination and helping them create can inspire them to create new and wonderful things.
Make something with them
Just like we did with creativity, you will want to make something with your children. However, instead of being creative with it, you should instead focus on the understanding of how it works or how changing parts of what you are making affects the performance. An excellent example of something to do is making paper aeroplanes. Making paper aeroplanes offers a huge amount of fun for your children, but it also introduces them to the principles of aerodynamics and helps develop their design and crafting skills. Cooking and baking is another great way of educating and having fun with your children. Although it can be messy, it teaches them valuable life skills that they can grow and develop further if it so interests them.
Bring school home
No we aren’t talking about homework here, rather finding activities that your kids are studying in class and find a way to help them learn more at home, without the homework. An example of a great activity you can do is to do minor science experiments like studying mouldy bread at home. This can be really helpful for developing their understanding of basic science, microbes and why we refrigerate/store food the way we do.
There are places all across the internet that have ideas or suggestions for how to make your learning fun. Some even have an excellent range of activities you can do with your children, you just need to know where to look.