With their endless energy, you might struggle to satisfy your children’s desire for constant engagement when they’re stuck inside. However, the challenge is even more significant when trying to ensure that playtime is constructive and not brainless entertainment. So today, Adelaide Robotics Academy has some suggestions for activities that will keep your kids entertained and educate them simultaneously.
A Family Band
Invest in quality instruments so your children can form a group. One famous singer grew up with the rule that the kids had no bedtime as long as they did something musically creative. While you may not be able to go that far, allow your children to indulge the creative spark by lifting play restrictions when it involves learning and writing music. If you’re worried about the noise level, keyboards, guitars, drums, and even wind and string instruments come in electronic versions that can be played through headphones, so you don’t have to hear any sour notes.
Kids are natural-born scientists looking to test suppositions and learn the results. Give them an objective and teach them how to record their findings. You could also get them interested in the outdoors by teaching them about storms! The goal is to provide a forum for them to expand their minds and report their findings, perhaps by having a brief family meeting where they can read their reports.
You can also teach them a lot about self-improvement and self-criticism this way. Suppose a child makes a mistake or ruins something in the name of experimentation. Continue to provide time and space where they can indulge their curiosity.
Give the young ones space in the garage for their workbench and tools. When handling do-it-yourself projects, please give them a role according to their age and ability. Children could create a catapult, candy dispenser, or birdhouse with simple woodworking skills. The next time the kids ask for a toy, challenge them to build it instead.
Arts and Crafts
Devise a progressive plan to foster the family’s artistic abilities. A colouring set is always a popular choice. Advance the children to coloured pencils and water painting with a gift of an art set. This is a way to encourage creativity while improving their patience, focus, and hand-eye coordination!
If the children complain that they’re bored, have them pull out a board game. Time-honoured classics teach geography, national borders, economics, and deductive reasoning lessons. Cooperative board games ensure no one loses and teach the kids teamwork, and research indicates that board games promote brain development more than other games.
Productive Time on Devices
Smartphones and tablets are now a way of life, so teach your children responsible screen time to grow mentally and emotionally. If you work from home, leave the activities mentioned above for a time when you can monitor everyone. Then when you’re on the clock, allow the kids time on a computer, tablet, or TV to enjoy educational content. Encourage them to gain at least one beneficial lesson from each session by putting them in the routine of explaining to you what they learned and what they will do with the knowledge. By limiting screen time to select hours when you’re working, your kids will look forward to the educational programs and be less tempted to interrupt your work.
Kids need a steady and healthy mental feeding program to progress into maturity. Use these activities and search for others to keep the kids engaged and educated at home.
Adelaide Robotics Academy provides an immersive, individualised learning experience for students interested in Computer Science and Technology. Call 08 7200 7223.
By Amanda Henderson (www.safechildren.info)
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