As it may be a while before we see you in resort, here are some little tips to keep you all happy and busy when learning and playing at home together…
Worldwide Kids always recommends a combination of cognitive, creative and physical activities.
- While the children will hopefully be getting plenty of cognitive stimulation with work provided by their school, it is important to give them a chance to be creative and active, using their imagination and moving their bodies!
- You can also use practical examples and tasks to embed learning e.g. when talking about the environment, do a litter sorting activity/ game or an ‘Upcycling Challenge’ together with things from your recycling bin.
Take regular breaks from learning and studying;
- wash your hands, go to the toilet, get a drink of water or a snack, or just reset the brain with some colouring or music.
Don’t be afraid to get messy now and then.
- At Worldwide Kids creches and kids clubs, we love messy play as it encourages sensory development and creativity. Have a go at playing with ‘goop’ made from cornflour, water and food colouring.
When learning together, give children time to think.
- It’s tempting and easy just to give the answer they are seeking but learning is more successful when they are given the tools to help them get to where they need to be.
- Ask open questions and ask them to explain their learning to you or a sibling to check for understanding and reinforce knowledge.
Do a feelings check with the children- ask them to tell you how they are feeling in a couple of words.
- This is important as it gives children the opportunity to reflect and allows you to understand what’s going on inside their heads.
Don’t forget about the littlest ones in the house while their older siblings are off school.
- Every interaction is important for babies so ensure you are interacting with them, chatting, using expression and mimicking them as this all supports their development.
- Also try to include them in any activities you’re doing- baking with the older children? Give your baby the whisk or wooden spoon to play with to build sensory associations in the brain.