If you live in a place that is still under COVID-19 lockdown and kids are not able to get out much, chances are anger is boiling over. To unwind these excited neurons and bring down the temperature, we bring you a list of fun, practical and engaging learning activities that will keep kids engaged and curious, (and off your back, if you lean that way). are).
These learning activities include life skills, sports, education, faith, and even a little bit of spirituality.
1. Learn Yoga and Meditation
So let’s start with spirituality. While yoga and meditation began as spiritual practices, research has concluded that their benefits are more multifaceted. According to the Harvard Business Review, the benefits of yoga (and other mindfulness exercises such as meditation) for children are immense and lifelong.
Children who practice yoga/meditation for at least 10-15 minutes a day can enjoy:
– Greater physical flexibility, balance, posture and strength
– Improved memory and focus
– better confidence
– a strong mind-body connection
– Less worry and stress
There are some YouTube videos you can freely surf the internet that you can follow when you start practicing yoga with your kids.
2. Become a Graphic Designer
I have chosen graphic design because it combines technology, art and creative design solutions. Since most children love drawing and making art, learning graphic design can be a harbinger of career choice.
While younger children may enjoy an introduction to graphic design with tools and apps such as the color wheel or type matching tool for older children and especially children already familiar with graphic design, it may be time to get acquainted with Adobe Illustrator. could.
The app is a mecca for professional graphic designers. If you feel overwhelmed, a quick online search can introduce you to a number of resources that can help you understand this software. Later, it can become incredibly easy with regular practice. Design tutorials like this helpful advertising logo guide can make this journey more successful.
3. Learn a New Language
Children, especially young children, are great at learning a new language. Learning to speak new languages is not only fun, but it also inspires creativity, problem-solving, and flexible thinking. If you have a child in the house and you are multilingual, don’t be afraid to talk to them in all your languages. If you are thinking that the child will be confused, the opposite will happen. This will enable the child to think in more than one language and become more creative.
For older children and for parents who don’t know many languages, there are tons of apps available online that provide easy and interesting ways to learn different languages.
Duolingo is one such app. Gus on the Go is another. Kids Learn Mandarin is an app that teaches Mandarin Chinese to kids. You can also browse your App Store or Play Store to find more apps and check them out yourself.
4. Make a Vocabulary Jar
It is a game that combines learning and play. If you want to encourage your kids to increase their vocabulary, a vocabulary jar is a great idea.
A vocab-jar is exactly what it sounds like: a jar full of words. But these words have been chosen carefully. Based on your child’s reading level, choose words that your child can say and understand easily. Then start the game to see who can use the word in most of the sentences with the correct context. In this way, you will teach children that words can have more than one meaning, that a word can have different types, and how context can radically change the meaning of a word.
5. Be a Child Journalist
As a parent, I know a thing or two about kids who ask a lot of questions. While you never want to snuff out your child’s curiosity, there is a limit to how many hundreds of questions you can answer without losing your mind.
So, better fuel your kids’ enthusiasm with questions: Help them become journalists. Enlist the help of a family member or friend, someone with interesting life stories, or a hobbyist to describe things in colorful ways. Help your child prepare a list of questions for the interview. The interview can be in person or over a video call but you can deal with it completely.
Your child can put on some nice clothes, a mic can be arranged, and the interview can be recorded. Later, the child can be taught how to transcribe and edit the interview. You can then send it to be published in a local newspaper, on a blog, or even reproduce it in a purpose-made magazine at home.
If your child has a genuine interest in it, this practice can become the seed of a new hobby.
6. Learn to Play Chess
While the rest of our games had a learning angle to them, this is a game for the pure purpose of play and enjoyment, although it is also great for brain development. Learning chess is not very difficult. Children 5 years and above can easily understand the basic rules of the game. If you want to see if you kids have what it takes to become a professional player, you can introduce them to chess even at the age of three.
If you don’t know how to play chess or have time constraints that prevent you from teaching kids, apps like Chess allow kids to learn chess on their own, while playing against a computer. The app is free to use and you only need to create a free account.
Staying indoors while the world opens up can be a hassle, especially for children. Children may not understand how incredibly important this is and they will definitely feel more frustrated and stressed than usual. We hope we’ve shared the variety of activities here that will keep the kids busy for weeks, until you all get permission to go out again. Till that time, keep designing, meditating and learning.
We will meet outside soon.