Play is one of the most critical ways through which a child can learn. And while it allows great learning and early childhood development, it also enables the young one to develop their self-worth. In fact, play is so integral for a child’s wellbeing that the UN has declared it as a universal children’s right. In the post below, we look at the top six activities for your child's early learning. Each of these activities will help your child learn and develop through play.
1. Sand and Water Play
Sand play is a creative medium that lays the foundation of physical and self-development. Think of all the activities involved in sand play; scooping, pouring, digging, and many more. While it develops muscle and hand-eye coordination, it is also a way to teach kids social skills.
Like sand play, when children play with water in a safe environment, it can be a great way to teach several basic concepts. Moreover, when children play with water, they learn the consequences of their actions while improving physical strength and hand-eye coordination.
Another great activity that is best for your child's early learning is reading. You can try it with kids as young as six months old, and over time, they will learn to recognise colours, words, and sentences. Moreover, it will enhance their listening and speaking skills while developing comprehension and understanding later.
3. Play Dough
Think of all the mess you may associate with playdough, but undoubtedly, it is one of the best activities to try for your child's early learning. It teaches fine motor skills, strengthens fingers, sparks creativity and improves hand-eye coordination.
And the best part about play doughs is that there are endless ways your child can play with the play dough.
4. Drawing and Painting
When you let your child draw and paint, you allow them to express themselves. Moreover, it gives them an amazing sensory experience where they can mix up colours of their choice and learn a lot. Furthermore, drawing and painting are often considered as pre-writing skill, and when you let your kids play with colours, you are preparing them for what lies ahead.
5. Dance, Music and Singing
With music, singing and dance, a lot happens. Your child’s listening skills improve. Moreover, once their listening skills are refined, they can develop rhythms which is again a creative aspect of your child's learning. Similarly, dancing is an expression of self that strengthens the muscles and improves flexibility and improves motor coordination.
6. Pretend Play
Pretend play comes naturally to children. You leave them in a room with random objects, and soon they will figure out the sense in the lost world. When you give your child an opportunity for imaginative play, it plays a critical role in your child’s learning.
At Mitchell Street Early Learning Centre, we believe that your young ones deserve the best child care that keeps them inspired, engaged and entertained with fun learning. With the state-of-the-art facility and professional staff, we are sure that your child will feel comfortable with our care and develop into a caring, empathetic adult. To learn more about us, connect now.