4 Tricks to Creating Fun Learning Activities
There are a lot of learning activities involving sequencing. For example: stacking blocks according to instructions. “Stack up two blocks, three blocks, and now four.”
Another example is imitating a certain sequencing movement (2 claps, 3 claps, and so on), or knocking on the table.
The child can also be invited to arrange the toys according to colours, shapes, or sizes.
This sequencing skills are important forother skills, such as understanding of syllables, words, and sentences when learning to read later.
2. Spatial Relations
This activity is about position, and it can be done anywhere in daily life. For example: introducing the concept of right and left when the child is shaking hand with other people, grabbing the spoon or pencil.
The child can be invited to do some simple gymnastic movements, such as moving the arms up and down, moving the body front and back, shaking the head left and right (the count is changed to “left-right, up down”, etc).
The child can also be taught about position when cleaning up their toys or sleeping in their bed.
This spatial understanding is important so the child comprehend how the shape of a letter and the way to write it down later.
When the child is able to read and write, observe the letters and numbers that are still confusing to them. Then, put focus on those letters/numbers using interactive and various worksheets.
For example, a child is having troubles differentiating between the alphabet “b” and “d”. You can create blocks containing the letter “b” and “d”, then ask the child to simply circle only “b”.
Another idea is to ask them to find “b” in their favourite storybook, or write “b” in the board with various sizes.
We can also play with dough, while shaping the letter “b” or colouring “b”. We can even make “b” from other things in the environments, such as leaves, ice cream sticks, candies, and others.
We don’t need to force the kid to hold pencil and write it over and over again, because the child can be bored and pressured.
4. Reading with Pictures
Visual representations can make it easier for the child to remember something. For example, when we are teaching the letter “b”, we can also show various pictures of things that start with “b”, like ball, bicycle, boots, etc. Show the picture and theword to be read together.
You can also explain the details of the letter (there is a line up-down, then there is a circle in the right side) while holding the child’s finger and direct it to follow the line of the letter.
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