Various psychological studies over the years have reflected that development in any sphere, whether physical or mental, is enhanced significantly when aided with positive stimulation during the developing years. The years between early childhood and adolescence happens to be the most critical and impactful in an individual’s life. With the right activities for children, the young impressionable minds can be trained positively. So, here are a few very simple activities that are not only fun for the children but also make it an enjoyable learning experience for them. Talk about killing two birds with one stone!
A popular, frequently-quoted passage from Russian psychiatrist Lev S. Vygotsky states:
“In play a child is always above his average age, above his daily behaviour; in play it is as though he were a head taller than himself. As in the focus of a magnifying glass, play contains all developmental tendencies in a condensed form; in play it is as though the child were trying to jump above the level of his normal behaviour”
A child truly explores their imagination during make-believe play, which is essential for developing a strong cognitive system and creativity. So, all you have to do is present them with an interesting scenario and a few props to act it out. For example, tell them you are in the middle of the sea in a ship fighting pirates and monsters or have to rule a kingdom as a brave king or queen. It is a very good idea for parents to involve them as a character in their story.
Children’s drawing generally transforms from being scribble to recognizable form and finally to something closer to reality as they develop mentally. Even the simplest drawings of children can express strong feelings, emotions and complex thoughts. It not only keeps their creative juices flowing but often these drawings can be a vehicle for parents to discover deeper layers of their child through the correct interpretation of their unique art.
You can also choose to mix it up every once in a while and introduce something fun like play dough in place of coloured pencils and paints to keep things exciting. If you are worried about exposing your young one to chemicals, then you may create some homemade play dough by following simple recipes from the internet.
Believe it or not, cooking can be a very learning experience for children. It is often referred to as sensory play as it makes them involve a variety of their senses such as touch, smell, vision and taste. Sensory activities and plays facilitate exploration and encourage your child to think scientifically and logically from a young age. Cooking teaches them basic concepts of balance, safety, measurements and mathematical ideas. You can gather a group of their friends and arrange make-believe or real tea party to enhance their social interaction skills, which will help them build interpersonal relationships very easily in the future. However, make sure to keep this extremely safe.