Learning New Skills!
Activities for Children
Find family fun and learning
opportunities to learn at every turn. Build upon a child's
experiences. Start small and let them learn skills at their own
speed. Give them chances to use tools, gradually and encourage
repeated use and the development of precision and craftsmanship.
Help children develop artistic
skills by giving them opportunities to experience the materials of
art: crayons, pencils, paints, clay and craft materials. Let them
play freestyle and be creative.
One of the best ways to help a child
learn about nature is to immerse them in outdoor activities. Let
them hike, camp, observe and explore. They are surrounded by science
and their natural curiosity takes over and they start asking
questions and seeking answers.
Many children enjoy crafts and there
are craft ideas throughout this website. Links to some of these
articles are available on this children's craft page.
Find craft articles for all ages.
Cultures Around the World
cultures. When other cultures are familiar to children the "fear
factor" disappears and friendship becomes an option. Help them to
embrace, understand and appreciate differences between people. Try
foods from different countries. Play games that children play in
other places. Go to an import store and read the tags to see where
items were made. Globalize children to prepare them for a world that
gets closer and smaller in many ways.
When it's about people, places and
interesting things that happen, history is exciting. Help children
to see the fascination instead of thinking in terms of dates and
names to memorize. Take them to visit places where history occurred.
Learn the history of your own town or area. Read about ancient
history, archaeology and more.
Children are learning everyday, all the
time. When we provide opportunities for them to experience a wide
variety of places, things, materials, people, and experiences, they
learn and enjoy learning. When we sit them down and say, now it's
time to do your homework, the learning button sometimes switches to
the off position. A child who knows about many different things from
direct experience has a sense of confidence that doesn't always come
from classroom learning.
Music can add spice to anyone's
life. Our children seem to be automatically exposed to whatever the
current popular music is, but give them opportunities to listen to
and learn to appreciate a wide variety of styles and sounds of
music. Sing together. Play instruments. Dance. Make music part of
Puppets can teach children
everything from reading to handling emotional situations. Of course
making puppets and operating them is a phenomenal experience in the
arts and storytelling too. A puppet can be as simple as two dots and
a smile drawn on a finger. Many simple materials can be used to make
puppets. Use paper plates, paper bags and empty plastic jugs for
starters. Puppets can even be friends!
Science can be a blast! Literally!
Kids love science when they have the opportunity to get some
hands-on playing with it. Dig for buried chicken bones and pretend
you are excavating a dinosaur. Build a rocket and send it into the
sky. See how strong you can build a bridge with toothpicks. Plant a
sweet potato and watch it grow. Look at the stars at night or watch
a meteor shower. Invent something using everyday things like wire
and string. There's nothing boring going on in science, but without
experiences like these, some children find it either boring or
Find articles about everything from
getting children to sleep to health issues to educational concepts.
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represented on this site have written articles for parents that deal
with children and learning.
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speakers for educators and families too.
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