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There's no better way for a child to build up essential skills than through entertaining and fun after-school activities that incorporate learning
There's no better way for a child to build up essential skills than through entertaining and fun after-school activities that incorporate learning. Depending on where you live, you can find after-school activities such as martial arts, dance, music, games, cooking and so on.
Nowadays, in almost every city or town, there is a wide range of after-school activities for kids. Here are a few ideas from which you can choose one according to your child's interest.
1. Games and sports
Sports is the perfect choice if your child is a bit of a live wire, and has a competitive streak. While getting a good workout, your child will also:
After-school activities to consider
2. Art and craft activities
Got a kid who is always drawing on the walls or cutting up your important documents to make something? Art classes can be a very good way to channel his creativity. While expressing himself, he'll also:
Try to look for the following after-school classes for your child
3. Drama programmes
If you have a child who likes to express herself with song, dance or poetry, then look for after-school performing arts classes. If she takes up a performing arts activity, you'll notice she:
Classes, you could possibly explore
4. Learning Activities for STEM kids
If your child knows more about your smartphone than you do, or when she explains the latest technological development with ease, then it's worth finding after-school classes or groups that focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities. Whether it's a coding class or a computer club, it's not only fun but a good way to make your child future-ready.
Besides after-school activities, there are also educational toys that will encourage a love for STEM in younger children.
Clubs that encourage STEM can help your child
Your young Einstein might enjoy:
Along with good education, the activities children do outside of school also plays a major role in moulding them into well-rounded individuals.
Here are a few after-school programmes, participating in which can be beneficial for your child
Clubs are not only a place to meet and socialise but also where learning happens in an informal and relaxed manner. For example, becoming a member of a:
1. Look at your child's interests: Make a list of the after-school programmes available near your house. Then, find out from your child what he or she is interested in. If you pick an activity that your child is interested in, he's more likely to stick to it, and of course, more likely to enjoy it.
2. Don't overlook unique or seemingly mismatched activities: It's important to not overlook unique hobbies and seemingly mismatched activities, for example, a shy child might enjoy (and benefit) drama classes while a fidgety kid with an energy overload might appreciate the focus and discipline an activity like a martial art.
3. Don't push your child unnecessarily: It's important to not push your child to do anything she doesn't want to do. If you always wanted to ride a horse as a child, it doesn't mean your child wants to do the same. And, don't make the mistake of filling up your child's calendar. It can become overwhelming and end up with her not wanting to do anything.
4. Visit your local activity centres: If you have the time, try to visit the selected centre with your child while a class is in session. Your child will get an idea of the class and make up his mind to participate or not. Most places offer free trials.
There are a few things to look for when it comes to after-school programmes and activity centres. Obviously, it depends on the activity, but we recommend also checking the following:
After-school activities for children entertain, educate and keep them out of trouble. What more can worried parents of bored children ask for?