As parents, we are always looking for ways that we can help our children to develop into happier and more confident people. This is the reason why, from a young age, we do whatever we can to forward their learning. Even before our little ones are at nursery school, we are teaching them as much as we can, to give them a head start on their peers, in the hope doing so will give them a better chance of educational success.
When it comes to teaching your children at home as part of their development, it’s important to find fun ways to go about it. Believe it or not, it is possible to make learning fun and exciting for your little ones; it’s just a case of getting a little creative, that’s all. If you like the idea of combining education and play, then you may want to give some of the ideas below a try.
Make DIY Musical Instruments and Teach Your Kids to Read Music
How about giving your child’s musical skills a boost by teaching them to read music at a young age? Spend an afternoon making a selection of musical instruments, such as a tissue box guitar, a rice shaker, a paper plate tambourine, or a balloon and metal tin mini drum kit. The more creative you can be, the better. Just make sure that each instrument offers a range of notes so that you can use these to teach them to read music from a sheet.
Use Origami to Learn About Nature
A great way to teach your children about nature is through arts and crafts. Say, for instance, you are doing a project on flowers, you could show them how to create a range of flower designs, which you can learn more about doing online, to use to educate them on different flower species and their characteristics and the care that they need. Origami is a skill in itself, so as well as teaching them about nature, you will also be teaching them a useful craft skill.
Bake a Pie and Use It For Math
Cooking can also be a great way to teach your children, particularly when it comes to maths. To help your children to understand fractions, spend the morning bake a pie or a cake, or even a pizza, with them, and then use it to teach them fractions. You can cut it in half, into quarters, eighths, etc. and use the slices to help them to better understand how fractions work, and once you’re done, they can eat their school work. What could be more fun than that – being able to eat your work?
The fact is that combining learning and play is much easier than you would think, it’s just a case of being creative about it. Hopefully, the ideas above will help to make this easier for you. If you are still stuck for ideas, Pinterest is an amazing resource that it is worth taking advantage of.