When we have children, we want to give them the best of everything. The best home life, the best career and the best education.
There are many different ways to ensure that our kids are raised happily and healthily, and a lot of them involve using fun and play as learning techniques and life lessons.
Food play and learning
Food is an important aspect in any child’s life. If you ensure that your child has plenty of variety in their diet, then you can assume that they are gaining the correct vitamins and minerals to help them to grow and develop.
There are lots of fun ways to teach your children about food that can make parents lives easier. Consider playing games that involve naming different foods.
You could use fun techniques such as making smiley faces or animals on your child’s plate. Use foods suitable for eyes (currants and sultanas or cherry tomatoes?) or long slices of red peppers for lips and friendly smiles.
Use cookie cutters to create fun shapes out of sandwiches and put healthy and exciting fillings inside. As your child eats, get them to mention their favourite parts of their meal.
Craft play and learning
Learning to use crafting as part of your child’s play is also an important part of their development. Teaching art to children is a rewarding and fun experience for kids and adults.
Consider teaching your children about recycling by encouraging them to make cool crafts out of cardboard boxes or tubing. Plastic yoghurt pots make a great place to grow seedlings and salad cress as an interesting project.
Outdoor play and learning
Any activity that encourages your children to play outside in the fresh air is a good one. You should consider taking your children to a local play park. If there isn’t one near you, you could even get a community grant and recommend a new play park be built in a local centre or area. Click here for more information on companies who could help.
Converting your garden into a playground could be an option if you have a large grassy area. Your children would love having a place to play. This would be perfect for them to invite friends round and play in the safety of their own home.
Sports play and learning
Keeping your children active in sports is great for their health. Make sports fun by learning about which sports make your child happy.
Avoid pressuring your child into taking up a sport that you once loved as a child. Instead, focus on things that you can see your child might be positively engaging with. Good sports and activities for younger children include swimming, ballet and football.
Encouraging team spirit is a good thing, as it will help your child to gain precious social skills for later in life. Try to make sports and games fun, rather than overly competitive.
Try implementing sports into your play at home. A game of catch in the garden or a family football game could be the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
However you help your children to play and learn, have fun and enjoy spending time with your family.