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.
Cooking Adventures in the Kitchen
Creating delicious dishes together is another fun way for family members of all ages to bond while also picking up some valuable life skills along the way! Cooking teaches kids basic math skills such as measurement, fractions, temperature conversion, etc., plus it provides invaluable insight into nutrition (which will come in handy when they become teenagers!). Plus, cooking together not only gives your child an opportunity to experiment with flavors but it’s also a great chance for parents to teach their children how important it is to eat healthy foods regularly.
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.
Another great thing about crafting is that you don’t need expensive materials either! All you need are supplies from around the house plus some imagination! Take paper folding as an example—it’s a great craft activity because it teaches spatial awareness and encourages creative thinking. It’s easy too; all you need is paper, scissors, and glue! And paper folding isn’t just limited to making paper airplanes; there are tons of other projects out there such as origami animals and 3D sculptures that your kids will love making. Plus, these crafts will encourage them to practice their fine motor skills in addition to learning new concepts like geometry and symmetry.
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.
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.
If you’re playing tag or hide-and-seek with your kids, you can turn it into a science lesson by discussing different types of animal camouflage or teaching them about the concept of predator and prey. You could also create an outdoor scavenger hunt in which your kids have to find items based on certain colors or shapes in order to learn about basic concepts like colors and shapes.
Sports play and learning
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.