Written by Vani Venugopal and published on 18 May 2021.
Does your child think learning is boring? Here are a few simple ways to make learning fun for your child
"Amma, I am bored! Can I play now?" 10-year-old Krishna calls out from his study table.
"Study for another half an hour, finish your homework, and then you can play," his mother replies. Krishna reluctantly returns to his books.
This is a scene all parents must have encountered at some point while dealing with education for kids. Poring over text-heavy books for hours often makes children disinterested in learning. However, learning needn't always be restricted to books or be boring, for that matter. There are many ways to make learning fun and to get your child excited about it.
Children are naturally curious. They like to explore and discover new things. Why not use activities that children enjoy to guide them into learning? When a child is allowed to learn on his own terms, by engaging with the subject and working hands-on, he will begin to find learning fun. His curiosity and imagination will come into play and he will no longer view learning as a boring activity but actually look forward to it. Apart from letting children engage with what he's learning in the real world, hands-on learning techniques also nurture the development of other crucial cognitive skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving and social interaction.
Here are a few steps you can take to make learning fun for your child.
In the most simple terms, hands-on learning is learning by doing something rather than from books or lectures. For instance, in hands-on learning, a child learns about plants and how things grow by actually growing a garden. She learns how a clock works by actually making one. Hands-on learning for children takes them out of classrooms and into the real world. It allows them to work with their hands, to enquire and make discoveries on their own. This not only helps them develop important skills such as critical thinking and problem solving but also improves knowledge retention.
A few ways to incorporate this at home is to involve children in activities around the house, such as gardening, cooking and caring for pets. These are all valuable learning opportunities. Encourage them to ask questions and discover more.
Children have active minds. Channel this curiosity and imagination towards learning. Children learn best when different parts of their brains are stimulated at the same time. Incorporating creative expression such as arts, crafts, music, dance, theatre or storytelling in learning activities for kids will help them develop a gamut of skills.
Include creative arts in learning wherever possible. Encourage your child to express herself through writing. Take up arts and crafts projects with her. Make a slime volcano or a model of the solar system. This will encourage them to learn more and apply their learning. You will find your child eagerly reading up on the solar system to figure out how to make the model.
Fevicreates range of craft kits such as Make Your Own Globe, Multi Coloured Slime are interesting ways to engage in creative learning with your child. Apart from this, Fevicreate also offers a range of free creative activities that are perfect for you and your child.
Children love to play, right? What if we told you it is a great way to learn as well?
Play creates powerful learning opportunities across all areas of development, including motor, cognitive, social and emotional skills. It helps children develop interest and motivation in learning.
There are many ways to engage your child to learn through play. The first is through free play, where children are allowed to play, explore and discover on their own. This is child-led and with no predetermined goal or end result.
Structured play where the child is guided in play. This involves allowing a child to play but while guiding them in learning. Activities like building blocks or Lego are great ways to do it. Games are another way to help children, especially older children, learn. There are many educational games that you can play with your child. If your child is interested in a particular topic at the moment, say maps, find a relevant game and play it with your child.
Children love visiting new places. They would never complain that a field trip is boring even if the purpose is learning. Take your child out of the world of books and classrooms and go out to explore new places together. Visit museums, art galleries, planetariums, factories, botanical gardens, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Your child will come back with bright eyes and a mind full of questions.
Exploration is not limited to educational spots. Take your child to the bank, to the hospital, even the grocery store. These will allow him to observe and imbibe a lot of information, apart from inculcating important life skills.
So there you have it, a few simple ideas to make learning a more fun and enriching experience for your child. Whatever method you choose, remember to be involved in his learning. Always encourage him to take up interesting challenges such as science contests and projects. These are exciting opportunities for children to apply their learning and critical thinking.
Fevicreate is an initiative by leading craft product makers, Pidilite, that provides resources to encourage hands-on learning in children. Fevicreate is hosting an All India Science Contest Series 2020 for children. An exciting opportunity for children to use their creativity, the contest asks them to imagine and ideate a 3D model based on a topic they like. This is the perfect opportunity for your child to explore, discover, be creative and apply his knowledge. To top it all, he stands a chance to win to Apple MacBook & Ipads as well!
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