5 fun educational activities to enjoy together as a family

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As parents, we’re always interested in guaranteeing that the children we raise today will become well-rounded and successful individuals in the future. If you’re interested in investing in your child’s future, why not start with fun educational activities?

The value of fun educational activities

To the point: by promoting educational activities, you can help your child achieve success and develop a love for learning in a balanced way. It’s clear that encouraging children to learn through play has positive impacts in their lives.

Encouraging children to be active, imaginative, social and curious from a young age will likely benefit them for the rest of their lives. They’ll have way better chances to pursue their dreams if they are not afraid to learn and try new things.

Who knew playtime could be this impactful?

Fun and age appropriate activities

So, as long as parents participate in playtime, all is fair? Is any type of game or activity enough?

Although it is paramount to spend quality time together as a family, of course there are more engaging ways to do so.

As your child grows, they’ll have different needs according to their development stage. There might be a time when they’ll benefit if the playtime involves using their hands and feeling different textures. Others, when they have sufficient repertoire to take the lead and actively influence the playtime according to their imagination.

Moms and Dads should join playtime as well

Spending time together with your child and engaging in educational activities can strengthen your bond and foster a positive relationship.

Not only is it beneficial to your emotional relationship, but joining in during educational activities can impact your child’s learning and development.

Think about it: during playtime, you can help your child acquire new skills, emotional literacy, and attitudes that will prepare them both for school and life.

Through playtime, children learn about cooperation, empathy, and respect and can put all these skills to practice.

And, on top of all of that, making sure you’re near the child also protects them since you’ll make sure that all materials used are safe and won’t harm your Little One.

Educational activities for children

Color mixing experiments

Color mixing experiments are great for toddlers and preschoolers. This is an experiment families can enjoy together and make it without making too much of a mess while still using simple objects you most likely already have at home.

You’ll need:

  • food coloring;
  • see-through cups or trays;
  • about 8 to 10 sheets of paper towels (the number might change according to the amount of colors you’ll use).

Fold the paper towels in halves, and then in quarters. As a result, you’ll have the paper towel folded 4 times. Place it on the sides of the cup so there’s one half of the folded paper inside the cup, and the other half is out. Place the paper towels in all the recipients, making sure the outside half is touching the half of the other cup.

Add food coloring in different cups, always skipping the next one. So if you have 5 cups, only 3 will have food coloring inside. Into the cups with food coloring, add just enough water to cover the half of the paper towel that’s inside the cup.

As the water gets colored, you’ll see the colors also affecting the paper towels that had no water or food coloring in!

Scavenger hunt

This is a classic game! It’s suitable to play both outside or indoors, if you happen to find yourself in a rainy situation.

Add a little twist to the classic scavenger hunt while also helping children learn new things!

  • If the Little Hunters are toddlers (ages 2-4), use objects to guide them and show what they are looking for. Make it an extra challenge by adding a theme to the hunt. If you choose to do so, make sure to select a theme that the children can identify themselves (i.e. you can look for objects according to specific colors or shapes).
  • If they’re in their preschool ages (4-6), refrain from describing exactly what you’re looking for: instead, give hints and clues. This is a great way to get the child to think creatively and focus on a specific task!
  • You can also choose to create a theme for the hunt – according to their current favorite movie or TV show.

How many

This is a great activity when your child is learning numbers – on average, by the time they’re 3 or 4 years old. By now, they most certainly can also differentiate colors and objects as well. So the idea is to combine these different skills.

  • Get worksheets with different objects. You could create one yourself, but there are plenty of options online that you can select and print!
  • To make it more dynamic, ask the child to select the same color of the objects they’re counting to write down their answer. That means that, if they’re counting apples, ask them which color of pen/crayon/marker they should use to write their answer. 
  • Once they select their color, they can count the apples and add the corresponding number on the worksheet.

Sun printing

This is something that preschoolers will have a blast on. You’ll need special sun paper print to do this, and keep up with the weather forecast, as you need a sunny day to get the best of this experiment!

If your child is older than 3 years old, they’ll probably enjoy this experiment.

  • Take out your sun print paper and lay it flat on the ground, with the smooth side up.
  • Select objects that are found outdoors, like leaves, flowers, or anything else that has an interesting shape.
  • Place the objects on the paper, making sure they touch the surface. You can place a flattening board on top of the objects to gently press them into the sun print paper. This will make their “print” even more detailed.
  • Wait for a few minutes while the sun does its magic. The paper will change color from white to blue, except where the objects block the light.
  • Carefully remove the objects and rinse the paper in water for a minute. You will see your design appear in white on a blue background.

Want to add a bit more magic to it? Squeeze a few lemon drops onto the water where you’ll dive the paper to reveal the print.

Book bingo

If you’ve been reading AEA’s blog for a while, you already know we’re enthusiasts of reading for children. You can start this habit from a very young age, and it’s highly likely that children will make it a habit throughout their lives.

Take the reading habit as the first step for the book bingo!

  • Determine a specific period of time in which the bingo will happen (maybe a week). This gives time both to you and the child to know what they’ll score and add to the bingo chart!
  • Set up prizes for when the book bingo is completed (i.e. cooking their favorite dessert on the weekend, or going to a special place together as a family).
  • Get other people in the family involved in the book bingo. Why not take the time to create your own bingo chart together as a family?

Now you know the importance of not only joining your child in these fun educational activities, but also why playtime can positively influence children’s development. Keep learning how to be your best parent by understanding what is going on in your Little One’s mind as they grow.

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