Ten great tricks to help your child learn new stuff
When kids are growing up, parents are ready to turn themselves inside-out to help them understand how to tie shoelaces, distinguish colors, and learn the world around them. Oftentimes you can only envy the wit of some inventive adults.
Bright Side collected a number of first-rate creative techniques that might come in handy when it comes to teaching your fidgety children new skills.
Cut colored cardboard into 4x4 inch (8x8 cm) squares. Buy some wooden clothes pegs and paint them the same color as the cardboard you’ve got. Now you can just show your child how to compare colors using those squares and pegs.
Draw a pair of shoes on a piece of cardboard. Use scissors to make small holes in places where those holes are usually located on real shoes, and thread two strings through them. Now your child can practice tying shoelaces anytime.
Cut different fruit into pieces and use them to make up a little solar system (this picture will help you arrange the “planets” correctly). This way your child will have a good snack and learn the names of the planets.
A pocket ABC-book
Make your kids a cute pocket ABC-book that will always be at hand to help them learn the alphabet faster. Find two big buttons that will serve as the covers to your book. Cut out a chain of paper circles of the exact same size as the buttons. These circles are the pages of your book, and you can write letters of the alphabet on them. Fold the chain of circles and glue its ends to the buttons. Your tiny ABC book is ready!
Legos are a perfect tool to teach your child how to solve easy math problems and understand some abstract concepts. For example, you can use Legos to explain the difference between fractions and whole numbers.
Use colored glass to make a lens for light refraction. This is a way to show your child many different shades of colors.
An experiment in chemistry
Find two balloons, a candle, matches and some water. Inflate a balloon and hold it above a candle light to demonstrate that balloons blow up if subjected to high temperature. Then pour some water into the second balloon, tie it and hold it above the candle. The balloon filled with water won’t be affected by temperature. Explain to your child that this happens because the water that fills the balloon absorbs the heat. That’s why the balloon doesn’t burn or blow up.
This illustrative example will help your child remember units of mass measurement faster and easier. Take plastic bags, label them with their mass (kg, pound, etc.) and fill them with rice. Ask your kids to compare the weight differences.
Drawing with numbers
Drawing with numbers is a fun way to spark you child’s interest in both math and creative arts. It's also a relatively easy task, so even the youngest kids will be able to engage in this activity.
Putting visual cues on a clock face will help teach your children to grasp the concept of a daily routine all by themselves.