6 Tips To Make Learning Fun For Kids

December 25, 2019

It may sometimes feel like engaging your child in learning can be an uphill battle. This may be true for both parents and teachers. The problem isn’t necessarily because your child is stubborn. The challenge may be due to strategies for learning, and there’s no better strategy than making learning fun.

Sometimes we can forget that a child’s cognitive abilities are still developing. Children may not necessarily respond to rote memorization and repetition right away. They need something to hold their attention. Children learn better when they are presented with something they can relate to, and when they feel engaged. Think back to when you first learned your ABCs, and chances are you memorized them through that now-familiar little song. One of the reasons for that is that most of us are born with an innate understanding of melody and rhythm — even if we can’t fully express it (or if you’re like many adults, even carry a tune!)

The sooner your child gets started on the pathway to learning, the more prepared he or she will be for many of the demands of preschool, and that pathway begins right at home. Here are some of the best strategies you can use to help make learning fun for kids:

Gamification

This might surprise you, but gamification is even being used as a training method for some of the largest Fortune 500 companies! And there’s a fascinating reason for that. As a result of a more digitally native world, many of us seem already predisposed towards problem solving and strategy. If you’ve ever seen a 3-year-old take apart his or her favorite toy only to try to put it back together again, you can understand the psychology behind this concept. But you don’t have to park your child in front of an iPhone app to help make learning fun… not when there are all manner of everyday objects to engage your child. From counting games using Cheerios to flash card memory quizzes, the possibilities are endless. And so is the fun.

Give Your Child Options

Toddlers love to try new things, and you definitely want a host of learning activities if you hope to hold their developing but sometimes fleeting attention spans. Giving children variety doesn’t just hold their attention. Allowing children to choose their own activities can help reinforce their sense of self-confidence and independence. It’s important to remember that learning isn’t just about occupying their time. It’s about nurturing your child’s development and success. The more activities they have to engage in, the more well-rounded they will become in the future.

Keep Learning Practical

Learning activities are supposed to reflect the world around a child — and you can’t hope to hold their attention if they can’t relate to an activity. One of the key elements in making learning fun and not a chore is to give children simple, everyday examples with which they can interact. Give your child concrete examples of how a given activity can apply to the real world. Most children are not born inclined towards theoretical physics. 

But Don’t Be Afraid To Make It Silly, Either!

Toddlers can get bored pretty easily. Nothing will liven up even the dullest learning activity like good old-fashioned silliness! Was your child’s answer incorrect? Make a goofy face. Have children flap their arms like a bird for every answer they get correct. Try to strike a balance between both practicality and goofiness. Remember… the objective is to make games fun, never tiresome or boring. And nothing can be more fun than being just plain silly.

Engage All Their Senses

It’s not just a toddler’s cognitive skills that are developing at this early stage of life. It’s important to nurture young children’s motor skills as well. Luckily, there’s a whole variety of sights, sounds, colors and action activities that can help stimulate all five of your child’s senses. Even something as simple as an old-fashioned game of “I Spy” or sorting buttons by color can go a long way towards ensuring that your child’s development is well balanced.

Let Your Child Be Your Teacher

Toddlers can be as stubborn as they can be independent. This is part of being a toddler. Children at this young age may not always look forward to learning. Remember that child-led learning isn’t just about providing them with a variety of activities. And it’s certainly not about caving in. It’s about discovering where your child’s true interests lie. What does your child prefer to engage in? What motivates your child? Learn to look through the eyes of your toddler as he or she learns, and you just might look at the world in a whole new light. 

 

At Everley Rose, we help make learning just as fun as it is nurturing to the soul. Find out more at Everley Rose Center.

 

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