You know that learning can be a fun, exhilarating experience – but sometimes kids have a different perspective. Too often when they think of learning, they relate it to the stress that school brings (think homework and grades). So how can you help your kids find the fun in learning? By giving them opportunities to let their imaginations soar.
When it comes to imagination, the sky’s the limit! From this vantage point, new worlds will open to them. Here are a few ways you can help:
Build. There are so many ways to let young minds build amazing creations. Blankets and sheets are the perfect tools to create tents, forts and caves. LEGO® Bricks allow kids to be inventors, architects and engineers. Online games open entire worlds where kids can design and build anything from cars to cities (think Minecraft and RollerCoaster Tycoon).
Read. Help your kids find books about famous inventors, scientists or mathematicians whose imaginations knew no bounds. What amazing things do we have in the world today because of these pioneers? Through books, they can learn about the wonders of their everyday world, the wonders of the universe – and the possibilities of the future.
Explore. You don’t have to go far to find places to explore. Go for nature hikes to find natural wonders. Think of a bird’s nest built with sticks and straw that can withstand the elements. Visit local museums or historical sites. Remember that the fun activities are great too. A trampoline park or playground can take them to new heights, literally. And they provide the perfect opportunity to study physical science concepts (conservation of energy or physics, anyone?). Of course, if you do have the opportunity to travel, the possibilities are endless. But don’t forget that you don’t even have to leave the house to explore the world. Your kids can go anywhere with technology and books.