Age 5 is a crucial time when children learn and develop skills. Kids are constantly curious, asking questions and exploring the world around them. Parents can have a blast helping their little ones to grow and make them gain knowledge using play based learning approaches. Children will probably now be starting to read independently, but games and activities are still a fun way to help with phonic sounds, word recognition and general language development. Your kid may have many books for school but you will be their immediate teacher and coach.
Child may become more aware of signs, posters, newspaper headlines, TV advertisements etc. This also helps to reinforce why learning to read is so important. You can try introducing the concept of maths through games and activities for practising their numerical skills, building confidence and supporting what they are learning at school. It is essential to keep young children engaged through activities as their mind and body need proper stimulation for healthy growth and development. Creative activities improves their imagination, makes them feel good, increases their self-confidence, and develops a sense of independence.
Here’s the list of top 3 exciting activities for 5 year olds:
1. Phonic sounds listening games
Use their books for school child brings to home from school to see how many words your child can find with a particular sound. Play full circle game with your family member and use magnetic letters to make a word. Change one letter each time to make a new word until you get back to the original. Read and write a list of rhyming words that have the same sounds, for example, rain, brain, main and another word that is different, such as ‘the’. Ask which one is odd one out. Play yes/no games. Your child chooses an object, person or animal and answers yes/no to your questions until you guess what/who they are thinking of.
2. Reading books of all kinds together
Make them read books together with elder siblings or grandparents. Sometimes try reading books to your child that are above their reading age so that they can listen and enjoy your reading and expression. Read a book, see the film, or play the game. Make links between books and films – which is best? Use books to find information about the school topic or hobbies and sign up to clubs.
3. Memory games
Use flashcards to learn words which your child finds difficult and play a matching game to find words beginning with the same letter. Put some objects on a tray, talk about them with your child, then cover them up and see how many he or she can remember. Play games together and ask your child to read the instructions and explain the rules to you. Try fun games with your child to practise skills and help to build your child’s confidence. Most children love playing games and it’s an easy way to support their learning.
Following play based learning approach is the best way to teach. numerous things to your kid that is essential for their mental and physical growth. You can also browse the web to find about details about activities you can play at an outdoor park or play areas to contribute towards your kid’s growth.