Fun should always be incorporated in teaching children. This is to avoid boredom and decreased concentration. Learning never stops. It continues amongst friends and within the confines and safety of the home. School age children are a little bit challenging to teach. So fun in learning should always be the main concern when it comes to educating them.
As we all know, concentration is very important for the child to absorb all those facts that they need. So they need some extra help from friends they find very interesting at their age. Characters they are familiar with from afternoon cartoon shows, animated movies and motion pictures facilitate the needed interest for learning. Games played with parents and grandparents as well fill in the gaps for bonding and family time, which also develop a heightened sense of appreciation for family and life values.
It is true that children need to learn as much as they can as early as they can . Both home and school environments help them in attaining this vital goal. But they do not have to be boxed up in a room filled with books, pencils, and whiteboards to be educated especially with the certain age and developmental stage they are in.
Educational toys play a very important role in introducing the schooler to learning. These toys are extra special because they do not only give fun and entertainment to the child but also enhance skills that he or she needs in and out of the school. Here are some “oh so fun” ways to help teach your child without droning the life out of both of you!
1. Play old fashioned board games like chess, scrabble, monopoly, or even jenga. These have already been tested by time and have really helped develop the young mind through the years. Playing together as a family tightens family ties and the children grow more appreciative of the family that they have. When children go outside of the home, they interact more interestingly with other people as these games promote conversation between or among players.
2. Follow the present trends. This helps a lot especially when you go out on your own to buy a gift for your schooler. These days, because of the sudden explosion of computers and gadgetries, most children become instantly attracted to video games. Some may be portable or home installed but what is important is that these games are 3D and very interactive. As the adult who buys these games for them, do not forget the content of the game and the valuable skills they would eventually learn from what you have bought for them. Remember, children talk about these games when they get together at school or at play, so it is very important that you screen these games very well for them to learn more while having fun-thus, educational toys.
3. Find out what interests your child. You do not have to impose things that you think your children should know at their age. Always keep in mind that the needs of your child come first and not the satisfaction of teaching your child. Teaching is not the same as programming so have the extra effort of secretly snooping around to find out what really sparks your child’s interests. If they are very much into a kind of sport, go ahead and ask them what sport they like to play and perhaps enrolling them in a special class and buying them the correct starter equipment would help them enhance their skills in that particular area. If your children like to plant or are fascinated by plants, take them to a botanical garden and after that, perhaps purchase a starter gardening set which could also teach you a thing or two while having fun with your children.
4. Be creative. Toys are products of the imagination. They are materialized imaginary friends, cartoon characters, superheroes, and perhaps dream jobs that your child would want to have when they grow up. So, if you have the imagination and the resourcefulness to match, you do not have to spend a single dime to have that ideal educational toy for your child. You could make cut outs for your child to make a story with, you could make puzzles out of construction paper, you could make craft projects out of old magazines, or you could make a lab set up using recycled materials. What is important is that you are there to facilitate your child’s learning while having fun, even if the toy doesn’t come with a price tag.
5. Do not be afraid of change. Children shift interests easily because of what they watch on TV or because of the everyday lessons that they learn from school with friends. This results to a varied change in interest which could actually blow your mind if you get fixated on your child’s prior interest. Be prepared for a sudden change in interest, always be supportive of the change, but let your child know that they should finish a project that they both of you have started first, before moving on to the new point of interest. This allows your child to appreciate each effort and hard work that the two of you have poured out into every game, every sport, every trip and every educational toy. Do not worry and do not get yourself worn out with the shifts and changes. Eventually, as children grow and develop more, they would find their own niche and that favorite interest will be part of their personality for the rest of his or her life.