Lengthy lectures and stacks of dull worksheets won’t help to ignite a flame of excitement for education in your little learner. Throw the passive techniques out and replace them with interactive children’s activities that will help your child get a leg up on hands-on learning before she even gets to kindergarten.
If you are wondering what the big deal is about interactive children’s activities and why they are a preferable way for your little one to learn, you aren’t alone. Interactive children’s activities provide your child with a hands-on way to explore new concepts. Instead of passively sitting as you, or another adult, talks at your child, interactive activities allow her to get in the mix and help to contribute to her own learning through all of her senses.
Arst and Crafts
Arts and crafts provide an easy way to interest your child in an interactive activity. Unless you plan on doing the project entirely for her, it’s almost impossible for your child to refrain from interacting during an art activity. Give your child a variety of textured materials, such as cotton balls, felt, fabric scraps, craft foam shapes and craft feathers along with school glue and a piece of paper or cardboard. Talk to your child about what she sees and feels as she explores the art materials. Have her collage an abstract design onto the paper or cardboard, discovering different ways to use the textured items. Another interactive alternative is to have your child make a musical painting with you. Turn on some tunes, get out the paints and a brush, and work together to paint to the music.
While reading may not appear interactive at first glance, you can easily turn a literacy activity into a less passive pursuit. It’s often tempting to just read a book to your child and have her sit quietly and listen. Instead, make your literacy lessons interactive, encouraging your child to discuss the narrative as you go along. Keep in mind that this is different than interrupting. Provide ample time and opportunities for your child to ask and answer questions about the book. Stop at an intriguing picture and ask her what she thinks is going on in the illustration or how it relates to the story.
Tech time doesn’t have to equal dull, passive learning. Avoid sitting your child in front of the screen and having her simply watch what’s on. Choose interactive computer games and software that have an educational edge to it. If you are looking for free options, visit a trusted site from a well-known organization such as PBS Kids. Make sure that the games are age-appropriate and allow your child to make choices, changes and explore on her own. While interactive computer and tech activities can help your child to learn and discover new concepts, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you limit screen time for preschoolers and toddlers to no more than two hours per day.