Kids often find most of the common educational activities boring or difficult - it’s no wonder they are having a hard time focusing while their parents and teachers try to educate them. Creating the right mix between play, learning and creativity can go a long way. So, here are 7 great educational activities that your kids will surely love.
1. Dancing Games
Combining dancing with some fun interactive play time can give rise to some truly exciting educational activities. Turn up the music and encourage the kids to explore every type of movement they can think of, or use games like the shoebox game – in which every different shoe or sandal is assigned to a different dancing style. Also, another great game is “human sculptures,” where you make a shape with your body and freeze into place – so the child can mimic the “sculpture” or guess it through arm and hand movements.
2. Bracelets from Straws
Crafting can be lots of fun, especially when starting it at a young age. You can teach your kids to cut up straws and other small objects to make simple, colorful bracelets and necklaces, or even throw in some string and colored cereal to add a bit more “flavor” to your new jewelry items. This can be so much fun and will also help develop your kids' focus and attention to detail.
3. Learning through Word Games
Some of the most interesting, creative and educational activities you can encourage your kids to engage in, even without any toys, paint or crafting items, are word games. Make up games for forming acronyms, starting sentences with the last word of a previous sentence, or forming long sentences with all words starting with the same letter to boost your kids’ speech and social skills.
4. Creative Sandboxes
Sandbox play is probably the most creative activity you can encourage your children to have fun with, regardless of age. Sandboxes don’t necessarily have to use sand. You can help your kids spice up their games with strawberry scented rice, different types of colored sand, glitter or even Play-Doh to create an entire little world, city or landscape for endless hours of creative fun.
5. Environment Makeover
Along the same lines, you can adapt a whole room to the games you play. For instance, desks, chairs and couches can become large buildings, and you can teach your kids about real world interaction, safety and responsibility by having them navigate their dolls, toys and cars through the landscape.
6. Throw an Animal Party
One of the best educational activities for improved social interaction is throwing an animal party with each stuffed animal representing a guest or a host. Engage your kids in make-believe conversations to teach them social etiquette and proper manners and behavior during social events and large gatherings.
7. Painted Rock Mosaics
Finger painting can be great for unleashing your kids’ and toddlers’ creative skills, but an even better educational activity is crafting rock mosaics. Have the children paint small pebbles in bright green for grass, blue for skies and oceans, crimson for bricks, and so on. Use any other colors you can think of to help them boost their organizing, artistic and puzzle solving skills, gluing each colorful rock into place to build some marvelous mosaics.
Use your creativity to come up with new, exciting educational activities that any kid – and even you too – would enjoy. I, for one, would love to try out all of the above (and I don't even have children). What other fun games for kids' development have you come up with that you'd like to share with the AWS moms?