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There are lots of games that help to teach children whilst also entertaining them. You can even use household objects to create the games, ensuring that no expense is spared! Our students created a match the socks game which would encourage the child to use matching and counting skills to see what sock went with another. Regardless of what level your child is at, there is a game that can tie in new concepts, and encourages your child to develop their skills.
By using your child's interests to help them on their learning journey, they are much more likely to be involved and want to learn. Finger-painting is a common activity in many Early Years settings, so our students incorporated paint into their learning. By looking at paint, our students were able to deliver a lesson on how certain colours mix and make new ones, as well as how paint reacts differently to other liquids.
Lots of objects in and outside the home, such as those in soft play centres can encourage learning in children. A great example of this are the shape blocks that we have in our Early Years classroom. By using these, a child can stack these many ways and learn about what shapes go together.
Academic lessons are great, but this doesn't work for children 100% of the time. By simply making some room in their learning for a fun activity, they will be able to see their learning in action and may relate more to what they are learning. This will set them up for a bright and successful future.