Children require activity, especially when younger. As many experts have noted, keeping children active is foundational to providing them a space to grow. Of course, it’s difficult to know what children want, especially when what they need might seem horrible to them.
Parents.com notes a number of studies showing that the best way to prepare young kids for education is through activities.
“Play… helps preschoolers master the skills they’ll need for academic subjects later on. Storytime advances pre-reading skills like rhyming, wordplay, and the ability to follow a plot… playing with soap bubbles can stimulate science learning, while building with blocks establishes a foundation for understanding geometry.”
Therefore we can ask, what are some activities we should be encouraging?
One of the easiest ways to create a fun space for kids is to allow them access to parks or playgrounds designed for them. These are usually well regulated, surrounded by safe materials and designed to stimulate movement and motion.
Of course, if we can design such an area ourselves we should note that what children want looks different to our perceptions. As one professional designer notes:
“When we give children what they want, as opposed to what adults think they want, those outdoor play areas look entirely different than the traditional playground.”
If the kids are old enough, we could begin encouraging them to ride their bicycles. It gets them outdoors and moving on their own vehicles. Almost every kid loves cars and bikes, after all. So now might be the time to consider kids bikes for sale, to start them off.
As we’ve already noted, indoor puzzle activities are also good for kids. But this doesn’t just mean block puzzles. As the Child Development Institute notes:
“When children flip, turn, remove, etc. pieces of the puzzle, they are learning the connection between their hands and their eyes.”
This means we should work with a range of objects, not simply the most traditional. Even puzzle games on mobile devices can be useful, since it contains sounds, music and somewhat tactile engagement. Children can still simulate gripping and motion, working with three dimensional objects to reach the same goals as actual items. This has the advantage of not going missing or posing a choking hazard!
The point is there are a range of activities kids can enjoy, but which we must carefully consider. Each have their own advantages, but all remain important to help our kids develop.