With the uncertainty the world is going through and the struggles that we might be facing due to COVID-19 come autumn and a new school year, our current global situation is anything but ‘ordinary’. Whatever the near future holds, we want our children to continue with their education even if they can’t physically go to school. So here are some great activities for children to still learn a lot from their time spent at home.
5 educational activities for children at home:
- Learn a foreign language
Many parents want their children to know a second language, so why not start the lessons at home?! Luckily there are many resources your child can use to learn a language. For example, you can download a language learning application like Babbel (available also on iOS) so your child can follow guided learning paths. Other ideas are to watch YouTube videos, watch tv shows and films with subtitles, read books and play games in the intended language. While at home, you can also put sticky notes on everyday items and make it a game of practicing each word every day with your child. Overall, learning a language takes practice and your child can significantly advance their language skills at home by incorporating language learning into everyday activities.
- Learn about science
Now many people imagine messy (yet fun) science experiments for kids, but there are plenty of other science activities you can do at home with your kids. You can use YouTube as a resource to find and follow how-to experiments and also give your kids the educational piece of the activity. If your kids are old enough to do activities on their own, a kit such as the Snap Circuits Electronics Exploration Kit has over 300 experiments that your kids can do independently. For hands-on science experiments as well as to learn how about plants and food, you can opt for a greenhouse kit such as the Thames & Kosmos Kids First Botany: Experimental Greenhouse Kit.
- Play an instrument
Learning how to play an instrument is an interactive and educational activity for your child as well as a creative outlet. If your child wants to learn how to play the piano, for example, you can get an electric keyboard. Or if you are short on space or want a cost-effective option, you can even have them use an iPad to learn how to play.
Coding is a skill that your child will be thankful to have in the years to come. If they like solving puzzles and technology, it is something that they can also get excited over! If you want to limit screen time, you can use a remote programmer such as Botley the Coding Robot (5-10 years old) that encourages play and learning how to code. Otherwise, if your child is old enough they can learn via code.org or any other of the many resources available online.
- Learn/practice Math
Math is an educational activity that keeps children engaged and using their critical thinking skills. You can make a math game up at home or use resources so your kids can stay focused and practice their math skills. They can, for example, practice with online quizzes, math games such as Cool Math 4 Kids, or off-screen activities such as Bedtime Math.
Have you tried any of these activities during lockdown, or in general? If so, did your children enjoy them?