How to Encourage Your Kids to Learn Through Play

As parents, we have the responsibility to help our children learn and grow into self-sufficient adults. Education is the most important thing for children, but many kids struggle to find enjoyment in school or learning. However, you can help them to rediscover their passion for learning

Children learn in different ways, but one underrated way that all children learn is through play. This is especially true for younger children, but even adults can learn new skills and build on existing ones through games.

Benefits of Learning Through Play

Learning through play is incredibly effective because children naturally seek it out. Kids are curious anyway and have a thirst for knowledge and opportunities to learn. But if learning and education seem like work, your children might be less interested in it.

Learning through play keeps children engaged and more willing to take part and learn. You can teach them difficult concepts through play and even help them apply their knowledge in fun and interesting ways.You can also provide a well-rounded education. Some games encourage logical thinking, while others help children learn how to work together as a team. Playtime also fosters creativity and even motor skills.

Infants and Toddlers

Humans learn from birth onwards. We can encourage that in different ways depending on their age. Infants are very limited in what they can do, but they can constantly watch, observe, and listen. 

Talk to your baby as much as possible and try to keep them engaged when they’re awake. Engage their senses, especially touch. As your baby gets a little older, they will appreciate more attention and engagement. You’ll notice that children like to hold and grasp things from infancy. Introduce them to new sensations and experiences. 

Toddlers especially like toys that are tactile and help them learn. Different toys are more appropriate for different children, and you might even notice preferences forming. Look for the most appropriate toy that is more likely to interest your child, such as toys for 3-year-old boys.

Older Children

Play and observation are the primary forms of education for very young children, but as they get older, your child may go to school or have home education. But they can still learn through different games and activities.

Video games can work from a relatively young age. While it’s easy to discount video games as potentially being harmful, especially in excess, they can be useful if you apply some appropriate boundaries. Educational video games are fun and teach children reading, maths, and other skills. 

Even video games that aren’t designed for educational purposes can build certain skills, such as quick reflexes and how to work as a team. 

As your child grows, their needs will change. Ensure that they’re always involved in their education and have different choices. Explore different resources and learn about how they learn best. This way, you can help them grow and learn into adults who can motivate themselves in their education.

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Jodi Carlson is a mother of 2 children, wife, and a full time product owner at a large Insurance company. She is a mom just trying to juggle a full-time job with a family life. She shares countless tips and tricks of things she has experienced first hand with her kids. As she continues to guide and teach them to become caring, sensible and responsible human beings, all while working a full time job, maintaining a home and some how still allowing for some personal time and growth. Are you a Girl Scout Leader? Along with Mom Connecting Moms, she shares her 25+ years of Girl Scout experience over at Leader Connecting Leaders , there she shares ideas and resources to help leaders who are inspiring girl leaders of tomorrow plan their troop meetings. Check out Leader Connecting Leaders .