Children’s learning experiences should not be over when the school bell rings. After all, when kids apply school lessons to life outside the school walls, they are for more likely to retain fresh knowledge for years to come.
There is a direct correlation between the successes a student achieves in school with what that they do at home. Yes, homework does count, but there’s no reason that enrichment can’t also double as fun.
Read on for various enrichment activities that are affordable and fun.
Jazz up their lives with beginner’s music lessons
Practicing music can improve academic performance overall, help develop physical skills, cultivate social skills, boost self-esteem, and increase patience and discipline.
According to PBS.org, most children are prepared for formalized music lessons by age five.
However, such a young age, it’s wise not to invest in an option that require hundreds of dollars (like a piano), or ample amounts of practice and instruction in order to even produce a beautiful sound (like a trumpet).
Find more affordable, fun children’s musical equipment; for example, vendors like West Music sell recorder instruments as cheap as $2.50. Why not create a music trunk full of drums, bells, flutes and xylophones so your little ones and their friends can rock out together. If your youngsters are demonstrating an aptitude for melodies and maintaining a beat, such instruments can be used to teach basics like reading music before you and your children graduate to a more costly, impressive option.
Break out the glitter
Ribbons, yarn, and googly eyes galore — they might make a mess, but they can also help make lifelong memories. Doing crafts with your kids encourages creativity. You can find myriad craft ideas online, or even make up your own. These activities trigger the innovative portions of the brain, expanding their minds to think outside of the box. To help engage their imagination and problem-solving capabilities, consider giving them projects inspired by the children’s favorite books.
Perhaps it is creating an illustration of his or her own Giving Tree based off of the Shel Silverstein; or perhaps a Popsicle stick rendition of the Santa Clause’s workshop.
Learn outside the home
Field trips aren’t only for school. Your kids will love getting out and about! Visit a museum, zoo, library, or park. Not only are these activities fun, they aren’t expensive to do! Make sure the kids know what they’re looking at prior to the adventure by teaching them a few facts about the surrounding trees or the sea cucumbers they’ll be holding at the aquarium. Consider creating a miniature scavenger hunt that will keep kids engaged by asking them to snap photos of “an animal that has a floppy ears” or “a red flower” in a botanical garden.
Spice things up in the kitchen
Now is the time to get your kids to cook for you (well, with your supervision, of course)! It’s never too early to put your children in an apron. Start out simple; let them add a few ingredients to the mixture. As your children get older, you can assign more and more tasks. Cooking skills benefit anyone. Besides, don’t you want your children to know how to make their own healthy snack after school instead of reaching for the Doritos? If you’re nervous about your kids holding onto the sharp knives in the kitchen, you can find safe kids kitchenware at Curious Chef (here).
After school activities are aplenty. Think about signing your children up for activities that suit their interests. Whether social, academic, or athletic, your children are sure to have a good time and learn from what they’re doing. You never know what will turn into their lifelong passion. Allowing them to try new things while they’re young can help shape who they become Finding the right activities to give your kid is boost essential, and with this list your search juts got a whole lot easier
Written by guest blogger: Jamal Anderson
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