At any Cuddles Childcare Centre in Perth, you will notice our motto: learning through play. We take great pride in helping children learn while they are playing because it takes all of the work out of learning. Parents often ask how they can help their children learn through play at home. Here are some ideas.
Know What Play Really is
The mental process of child’s play is roughly equivalent to what adults call brainstorming. All creative adults play in one way or another, but don’t always see it as play. So, what is our definition of “playing”? We see it as creation and discovery through the experimental process.
When we play sports, we are learning to master our bodies. Play often involves looking towards science and nature to find answers to questions. Play helps us make connections with other people. It helps us master some tools. Usually, in childhood, those tools are called “toys.”
Teachable moments are an essential part of coaching and they work great for your children, too. While they are playing, they will ask questions and learn from your answers.
Children can be introduced to math in a way that is fun. For example, have them count or measure items during household tasks. They can count backward using the microwave oven timer. They can help divide food into portions, introducing them to fractions. Sports are a great way to introduce your child to math through scorekeeping.
Creativity and the Arts
If you don’t believe us, take it from Pablo Picasso: “Every child is an artist.” Encourage your child to draw and to colour but don’t judge them. Ask them what their drawings mean to them. To see if your child has a natural leaning toward music, have them tap rhythms on empty oatmeal boxes.
There are plenty of strategies developing language skills, too.
Another great strategy: drop them off at your nearest Cuddles Childcare Centre.