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Creating “Fun Learning Time” Opportunities at Home

Fun Learning Time

Since the pandemic has forced us all to stay at home. The pandemic time has been particularly tough for our little ones. While the teachers are doing all that they can to give their best during online classes. There is a lot of learning time that a child can do once the class is over. The challenge here is to teach new concepts and ideas to your child. Without making it seem like a boring long-drawn lecture. You would have to come up with ways to help the child learn while engaging him/her in something that he/she is already interested in. Read on to get your hands on some creative ideas:

Making the most of daily chores

You can involve your child in the kitchen by asking him/her to help you. So, while your child is simply taking out ingredients from the fridge. You can teach him/her about the concept of counting, sorting, colour, weight, nutrition, and so much more. The simple act of watering the plants and easily be turned into a fun lesson about a plant’s lifecycle. This will help supplement virtual learning with real-life practice.

Role-playing fun

A great way to help the child revise classroom concepts is to have role-playing games. You can ask your child to be the teacher, while you pretend to be a student. Ask the child to teach you whatever they learned in school. This will not only be a great parent-child bonding time but will also give you an insight into how much attention your child is actually paying in class. Moreover, even when your child is playing with dolls or dinosaurs, you can ask them to turn it into a family of dolls or dinosaurs. You will be amazed to see how much your child enjoys this and you can explain the concepts of virtue, attitude, responsibility, etc. during the exercise.

Playing board games

While most of us look at board games as a monotonous 10-minute weekend endeavour, they can help teach your child so much! For instance, playing something like scrabble with your little one can help them. It also help to understand the concepts of vowels, consonants, diagraphs, and even phonetics! You can ask them to sort the tiles, count the marks, etc. From learning how to lose graciously to never giving up, games like Ludo and Snakes & Ladders can help inculcate a lot of character-building habits in your child.

Asking the child to come up with new games

If your child is bored of playing the same old games, you can actually ask him/her to come up with their own games. This will not only teach them the concepts of order, logic, creative thinking, etc. but will also give them a sense of achievement. With your constant motivation and constructive feedback, they will soon be coming up with more and more engaging games on their own!

Learning in the park

If your child is constantly looking for excuses to play in the park, use this to your advantage! You can ask the child to use a stick to write in the mud/sand. You can practice numbers, alphabets, and more by doing this. Also, it will go a long way in developing your child’s fine motor skills. Additionally, you can teach several math concepts (addition, subtraction, ascending/descending order, etc.) by asking them to collect some fallen leaves or bringing you some tiny rocks that are readily available at a park.

A child’s mind is like a sponge; ready to absorb the large influx of information that it gets exposed to. As parents, we must ensure that we offer the right type of exposure to our kids. This will not only help their cognitive development immensely but will teach them several key skills to help them excel in the real world.

Authored by Bhavna Bhalla,
A full-time mother for the last six years and a part-time writer for over a decade with a passion for travelling and engaging in intellectually-stimulating conversations.