Smart Fun: 8 Educational Entertainment Ideas for Your Little Ones

It’s hard enough as it is to get children interested in learning, but even harder when juggling home schooling and working from home during a pandemic. Here are some great ways to make education entertaining.

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Working from home might have been extremely beneficial for a lot of employees. However, many parents had to suddenly learn how to find a new balance between spending time with their family and other hustles. After all, it is all a matter of learning how to create an efficient work schedule and have plenty of time to dedicate to your loved ones. 

However, sometimes, it is also important for you to take time for yourself and keep your kids occupied with games and entertainment. In this case, there are some game-based learning options that will create a fun but educational environment for your little ones. Start with the tips below.

Puzzles

Puzzles are one of the most educational games you could give to your little ones. When selecting puzzles that are suitable for their age and interest, you will find that these games can be extremely beneficial in helping them improve their problem-solving abilities. Putting together puzzles can also help children learn skills like concentration and patience, while also improving their cognitive skills and spatial-visual reasoning. 

STEM Projects

The skilled trades sector is booming, and always on the lookout for new talents to recruit. While your little ones might be too young to select their future career, they can start to play with STEM toys. These game-based ways of learning about the principles of chemistry and science can be a great starting point for them to discover new horizons. At the same time STEM games have been seen to be helpful in improving cognitive skills and problem-solving. 

Crosswords

New studies have shown that practicing crosswords can be extremely beneficial for mental health. In fact, in older adults, it has been seen that practicing crosswords can help keep the brain young and keep at bay cognitive disorders such as dementia. In much younger players, resolving crosswords can be just as beneficial

In fact, these puzzles can help them increase their puzzle-solving abilities, extend their knowledge, improve their vocabulary, and refine their spelling skills. Of course, in this case, it is important to find age-appropriate puzzles that won’t discourage your little ones but motivate them to resolve more clues!

Coloring Art Games

Coloring has always been considered a game for kids, but it has become more popular also among adults. In fact, coloring art games have been seen to be beneficial in lowering stress levels and teaching patience. And, these benefits are not only seen among adults – but in children too! Coloring art can in fact help your little ones refine their motor skills, learn about colors, and improve their handwriting. And, of course, there is nothing quite like drawing, coloring, and painting to tickle their creativity!

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DIY and Construction Games

DIY and construction games can help your little ones learn a lot about the principles of building and working with different materials. Of course, finding age-appropriate activities is essential for them to take home new knowledge while also having fun. For the youngest, games like Super Wings Build-It Buddies playset can be an excellent starting point. As your little ones grow, you can start playing with different materials, colors, and elements. 

Volunteering

Volunteering might not be a game, but it is certainly an activity that can be both fun and educational. There are plenty of volunteering opportunities for your little ones to explore. For example, you could spend the day at an animal sanctuary, or you could help at a food bank. While your little ones can find this experience extremely beneficial, you could also consider enjoying it together as a family. Aside from helping you all bond and get closer to one another, volunteering as a family can truly make a positive impact in your community. 

Playing an Instrument

Playing an instrument is not a game, but it can be both fun and educational – especially if your little ones are already into music! Learning to play guitar, the piano, or the keyboard can be a great way for them to enjoy a new skill. Additionally, this is a type of knowledge that will be with them for the rest of their lives – and, it can even help them gain an alternative way to express themselves. Make sure to find the right music teacher!

Treasure Hunts

Treasure hunts are a fun way for your little ones to discover their surroundings while also refining their cognitive skills and orienteering abilities. And, you don’t need to create a treasure hunt in a large park or in the center of town – you can also use your garden or even living room as the main playground. 

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