Updated: Jan 24, 2020
As a way to build recognition in our new Kaleidoscope Play & Learn group, we wanted to share a few ideas for how to learn with your child in exciting ways!
1. Sensory Bins
Our first suggestion for a quick & easy activity with your child is to build a sensory tub. They're so simple that you can build one with things lying around the house! First, you take an empty bin (could be a plastic shoe box or something similar), and fill it up with water. Then, you can put a variety of different objects in there (clips, sponges, scoops, cups, etc.). You can use this bin to help your child understand volume and density, asking questions like "Do you think this object will float or sink?" or "If we fill this cup with water, do you think all of that water will fit into this different sized cup?". Kids love to play in water, and this is a sure way to keep them engaged while still learning new concepts.
2. Story Time
There's one thing that you can never do too much of, and that's reading with your child. Take some extra time to make reading a more interactive experience for everyone. That could mean asking questions about the story, taking turns acting out different scenes, making the noises for animals or even changing your voice depending on the character that is speaking. This helps your child retain the information better because of the different styles of learning being implemented and can be a great bonding experience for both of you.
3. Block Building
Here's another activity that can be done with stuff laying around the house. Take a variety of different household items (such as cleaned out cans, recycled boxes, paper towel tubes, etc.) and work with your child on learning the differences between them. See who can build the tallest structure, explain why certain shapes don't stack well together, and have fun building different scenes you and your child come up with.
4. Find the ______!
This is a super easy and interactive way to help your child learn their A, B, C's. First, print out letters with different pictures to match with them (such as Mouse for M, Apple for A, etc.). Then, tape them onto the floor and have your child play an A, B, C's scavenger hunt. This is an alternative to reciting the letters, being more engaging for their tactile senses. They won't even realize that they're learning because it's such a fun experience!
5. Family Snack Time
Another very important thing for child development is eating together as a family. Take this opportunity to set out an assortment of snacks and make it a learning experience. You can ask them about the different colors and shapes of the food, have them identify different animals (such as goldfish crackers, animal crackers, etc.), and even play pretend and act out different scenes. When a child interacts with their food in a positive way, they're more likely to eat it. This is a great way to sneak healthy food into your child's diet, making the task that much easier to promote.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of everything you can do with your child to help them learn new subjects and ideas, but we hope this will help keep your child excited about learning!