4 Activities That Will Make Learning Fun During The LockdownMudit J
Fun and play is a serious business. These activities don’t just encourage children to use their motor skills; they also enrich a child’s development.
Children are constantly learning even when they are playing, so why choose between fun and education, why not make education fun! With schools remaining shut, we tell you about a few activities that will fuel your child’s thoughts and keep them dynamically engaged indoors.
Here are a few ways parents could impart knowledge more engagingly and interactively during this pandemic. But first set some rules!
• While it’s important to be a little lenient with them given the circumstance, it’s equally pivotal to set limits. So, establish strict work, play, and study hours.
• Instead of just enforcing things on them, try reasoning with them. Tell them why it is important to wash their hands and face regularly instead of just telling them to practice it.
• To encourage a daily routine, set up timetables that meet their goals. Setting up a reward system helps in adherence too.
• Persuade your child to step out (with all the precautionary measures) for walks or quick exercise sessions. This will prepare them for the post-COVID-19 world.
Here is how parents can make learning fun at home.
1. Indulge in a few at-home science experiments
There are several DIY science kits available in the market, but if you want to get a little hands-on why not try sourcing ingredients at home and experimenting right here! Children often retain knowledge when it’s practically taught to them, so try making some slime or lava at home.
To create slime at home you will need glue, baking soda, and contact lens solution. Now help them emulsify the mixture in a plastic container using a spoon or a wooden stick. When it starts to form a mass, persuade them to use their hands to massage it a little, and there you go — you’ve just created slime at home!
2. Innovate at-home work out DIY kits
Sit with your child and create a few workout schedules. Encourage your child to get a little creative and innovative when making exercise kits. It could be as basic as creating a hand and feet matching mat or hop, skip and jump cubes.
To create the hand and feet matching mat you will need a few A4 sheets, a marker, and paint. Ask your child to trace their hands and feet onto an A4 sheet and fill it in with the paint. Now unevenly place the sheets (once dried) and ask your child to match the pattern. This activity will not only improve their hand and foot coordination but will also develop their motor skills.
3. Persuade them to create their stress ball
The pandemic has pushed several children to witness stress and anxiety and what better way to deal with these uncertain times than by creating a stress ball right at home. Parents could either buy a DIY kit with all the ingredients or just make it at home.
To create a stress ball at home, you will need some corn starch, water, a balloon, and a funnel.
Make a corn starch emulsion by mixing water; remember to stir continuously until the mixture becomes elastic. Now using the funnel pour the mixture into the balloon. You may need to stretch the balloon to expand it a little. Once the mixture is poured into the balloon, simply tie it. Draw silly faces over the balloon and give it to your child to squeeze them whenever they feel anxious. This will encourage them to identify their emotions, and you will simultaneously be able to teach them the science behind the glutinous mass.
4. Make educational DIY kits at home
While teachers are stimulating children via online mediums, it’s important to keep them engaged offline too. The best way to intrigue their curiosity is by encouraging them to solve educational DIY kits. To make a math DIY kit at home, you will need a math mat, a few sticks and some elastic bands, number cards, and an exercise book, or a practical paper. Now sit with them and ask them to solve the papers using the math mat or sticks by grouping them in sets of 5s or 10s.
Through this kit, you are not just stimulating their brain, but also persuading them to understand formula concepts better rather than just encouraging mugging.
If you are unable to make educational kits at home, we recommend you try the DIY kits by Sparklebox. They offer an array of science, math, arts, and crafts and literature kits for all age groups. You may explore the wide range on our website.