Keep Your Kids Active After School With These Educational Activities
Miniland Educational: Playing today, for tomorrow
June 6, 2017
8 Minute read
Your child’s education doesn’t stop at school, and they need to keep learning at home after school too. A healthy child is a happy child, and a big component of being a healthy child is being active.
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These days, it is too easy for children to sit down in front of the TV, connect to the internet, and play computer games. It is important to ensure that your children get some time away from screens, but also don’t throw them straight into their homework.
They can still learn through educational activities that are entertaining as well as educational.Here are some fun activities you can do with your kids when they get home from school:
Plant and grow a garden
It’s always good to get your kids outdoors if the weather is nice – children don’t get enough nature in this digital day and age. If the weather is good enough, pick a spot and plan to create a garden there with your children.
They can be in charge of choosing the plants (give the appropriate options) and help them to plant the seeds. You can then create a chart of maintenance for your children, such as watering duties.This teaches them responsibility and gives them the opportunity to learn all about plants and how they grow.
A great educational activity to take part in after school is to build something with your child. Whether this is something simple like making a mask from a cardboard box, or something a little more complex – it is a wonderful way to keep your child interested and active.
For younger children, building cities out of blocks or having fun with Lego is always a good idea, and older kids will love building model airplanes and other more complicated educational activities.
Music and art
In a world that is increasingly dominated by technology, it is important to nurture the more creative sides of your children. At school, they are bombarded with academics and pressured into learning as much as possible – so it’s essential to offer a sanctuary at home for them.
Encourage them to paint, draw, or take part in any other art form that they enjoy. Learning and playing a musical instrument is also a great idea. All of these activities offer your child an important outlet and activity to be creative with.
Do a good deed
One of the best ways to teach your children to be good people is to provide them with an excellent example. Doing good deeds doesn’t just benefit the other person, but also leaves you and your child feeling great, and karma is bound to reward you.
Things like mowing your elderly neighbor’s lawn or taking their dog for a walk, making sandwiches for the homeless or volunteering at an animal shelter, are all great ways for you to install the importance of compassion and kindness in your children.
Sometimes the weather simply doesn’t cooperate and you will have to stay indoors. This is where board games come in handy and make a good educational activity to take part in after school. Games such as Snakes and Ladders encourage math skills, Monopoly helps children with money, and Scrabble assists them with language and spelling.
At Miniland, we have a range of educational toys that are the perfect addition to any household. They are enjoyable as well as educational and will teach your children essential skills while they have fun. Have a look at our blog for more advice and ideas for parents and teachers.