How To Engage Kids' Minds in Fun Learning Activities

How To Engage Kids' Minds in Fun Learning Activities

The brain is a sophisticated, versatile organ that is intriguing to study. Babies are born with immature brains, which will gradually develop, forming new neural connections and gaining plasticity through stimulation, care, and learning.

Children enjoy learning while playing. While the child plays, his brain activity shoots up, becoming a powerful learning tool that will favour these neural connections. Today Aark Learnings propose simple projects and games that will help exercise the minds of the little ones while having fun.

Games To Train Memory

Memory plays an important role in our day-to-day life and starts developing from birth. That is why it is so important to exercise it daily and stimulate it in children in an appropriate way so that they achieve agility that helps them, in their academics as well as in their lives too.

Through the game, we can exercise memory in a fun way. We propose some examples:

     The Game of Pairs: It is a classic card game that contains equal pairs. All the cards are placed face up on the table and left for a few seconds for the players to observe and memorise them. Then they turn around and the players, in turns, must pick up the cards two by two until they find the pairs they have memorised.

The best thing about this game is that it can be practised with children from a very young age, and since there is a wide variety on the market, you will surely find the theme that you like the most: animals, cartoons, objects, movie characters.

     Dominoes: To play dominoes with younger children, it is best to use, or create ourselves, a domino with illustrations instead of dots, as is the classic we all know. The dynamics of the game are similar and it will consist of joining the pieces by matching the illustrations.

This game is also suitable for children from a very early age and, like the previous one, you can choose the theme that they like the most. With this type of domino, they will learn to work on visual and spatial memory.

Games To Train Logic and Mathematical Thinking

Logic and mathematical thinking have to do with the ability to work and think in numerical terms, understand abstract concepts, and use reasoning and logic to solve problems. Adequate stimulation will favour the development of this type of intelligence, which is so important in daily activities.

Mathematical intelligence games teach the child, from an early age, to understand concepts and look for relationships between them, using calculations or hypotheses. We propose some examples:

     Sudokus: Sudokus are challenging and require a mental effort to be able to solve them, as well as observation, memory, and concentration. From the age of six, children can begin to solve simple Sudoku puzzles and gradually increase the degree of difficulty.

     Mathematical Operations: We can promote mathematical skills in children through games of operations using, for example, wooden rulers, abacus, dice, or Lego blocks.

Another game of mathematical operations that we can practice anywhere and with the help, simply, of paper and pencil, consists of randomly selecting a multi-digit number and, on the other hand, several one-digit numbers.

The objective of the game is to get closer to the chosen number using various mathematical operations carried out with single numbers. We will be adapting the difficulty of the game to the age of the child and the number of mathematical operations that he knows how to handle.

     Logical Deductions Through Cause-Effect: There are many types of daily activities within everyone's reach that we can carry out with children from a very early age so that through experimentation, manipulation, and observation they can deduce for themselves why things

For example, we can show them the changes that water undergoes when it is subjected to different processes, or study the passing of the seasons through the observation of deciduous plants.

     Classification of Objects: A playful and simple activity to do with children from a very young age consists of classifying objects based on common characteristics.

We can use, for example, building blocks and group them by colour or size, or toy animals that we will group based on the number of legs they have, their colour or other characteristics of the animal kingdom that children have already learned according to their age and understanding.

We can also use the classification of everyday objects that we have at home such as buttons, clothespins, empty cardboard containers... or anything else that comes to mind and that our children can handle well depending on their age.

     Rubik's Cube and Puzzle Solving:  Through these brain training games, various skills such as logical thinking, motor skills, and visuospatial skills. . It also helps build better coordination of eyes and hands.

     Treasure Hunt: It consists of hiding an object somewhere in the house and helping the child to find it by solving puzzles that provide clues. This simple game is very popular with children and helps them train various skills such as logical thinking, problem-solving, memory, and attention.

     Strategy Games: These games encourage children to build strategies to reach their goals and plan steps to reach there. A clear example of this type of game would be chess, which we have already talked about some time and that brings so many benefits to children.

Games To Train Verbal Intelligence

Verbal intelligence has to do with the ability to read, speak and write and the skills we have when using language appropriately. Fostering these skills through play is very simple and beneficial from a very young age. We propose some examples:

     Puppet Theatre: Doing a puppet or marionette theatre with your child will not only help them improve their oral expression but also foster their creativity, imagination, and empathy. If you wish, you can make some simple finger puppets yourself and adapt an improvised stage at home, or use the puppets that are sold in stores.

     Word Games: Games using written words are also an excellent way to train verbal intelligence from the age of six. In addition, we can gradually increase the degree of complexity, adapting it to the age of the child.

For example, crossword puzzles, chained word games, or word search puzzles will also help to exercise mental processing speed, concentration, and the ability to discriminate between stimuli.

     Other Linguistic Games such as riddles (or the classic Veo Veo), proverbs, or tongue twisters are excellent resources to improve, among many other things, the process of associating ideas, memory, and pronunciation agility, respectively.

Games in childhood offer great and incredible possibilities, hence the importance of promoting them from an early age so that children learn while having fun.

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