Early childhood education paves the way for later learning. What children learn from young and how they learn it can have long-lasting impacts. At a young age, they are naturally intrigued by anything and everything. Hence, they are constantly absorbing new information and ideas, and are quick in learning by example. Some benefits of early learning include increased self-confidence, ability to think differently by looking at the big picture, problem solving skills, and quicker speed in answering questions.
Fun learning too, is an essential part of education and there are many ways such as incorporating games, puzzles or simply just by reading books. It provides new perspectives for problem solving and encourages children to think creatively. At the same time, it teaches them patience, discipline, and achievement orientation skills. In fact, studies have shown that kids learn better when they are having fun. Thus, it is important to make learning as enjoyable as possible.
Being able to develop your child’s ability through learning is crucial for future career and lifelong skills. Hence, we have shared some activities you can do together with your child to encourage early learning.
- Educational Games: Children often do not realise that they are learning while playing the games they love. Some board games, Little Battle, sneak in counting and sequencing as your competitive child strives to collect more treasures than you. Zoo Run trains patience, logical thinking, and communication when they re-arrange their cards to achieve as many animals as possible. While SOS Dino is all about teamwork and connecting with other people socially to strategize the most efficient way to save the dinosaurs and eggs from the flowing lava. That is why it is crucial that every child gets to play board games occasionally.
- Art & Craft: Art encourages self-expression, improves motor skills, develops patience and problem-solving abilities, and increases concentration. It promotes their understanding of colours, shapes, patterns, and details. Draw shapes with In the House Stencil Set and explore the different types of furniture in the house, or even vehicles with Vehicle Stencil Set. Most importantly, it is fun!
- Hands-on Activities: Activities that engage the body and mind makes learning memorable and fun. There are tons of fun ideas on books and internet that ignites your child’s inquisitive side, as well as their creative side. Here is an example of our DIY blog for a step-by-step art activity. For busy working parents, there are ready-to-create art sets like Razzle Dazzle which consists of everything you need in a box to complete an artwork, without having to purchase different materials.
- Music: Music stimulates all aspects of child development and promotes the coordination of the mind and body. Let your child use instruments like Les Popipop Wood & Metal Xylophone that comes with age appropriate coloured music score sheets to play short nursery tunes. This not only foster their love for music and hand-eye coordination. The process boosts their self-esteem too.
- Incorporate Learning in Everyday Life: Your child can be a part of your life and learn skills through everyday tasks and chores. One of these chores is teaching them to clean up after their playtime. It allows them to be self-reliant. And parents get to enjoy mess free spaces! Involve your child to write out grocery lists and picking out items at supermarkets to improve their vocabulary and willingness to learn. Cute and fun stationery like the graphite pencils in Unicorn or Astronaut, and Scented Gel Pens comes in handy. It just makes writing even more enjoyable.