“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
We are all looking for fun ways to teach our little ones something new, aren’t we? Curious and restless by nature, kids can be quite a handful to handle. But it is during this phase of their lives that they learn the most, and, as parents, we certainly want to make the most of it.
Here are some fun learning games and activities for kids that will encourage them to use their gray cells and keep the learning going!
Free Learning Games for Kids
Whether at home, in the classroom, or even online, there are umpteen games and activities that you can engage kids with. Here are some easy, hassle-free kids’ learning games:
1. Paste a Poem
How to Play: Sit down with the kids and tell them that it’s time to write their very own poem! Well, technically, they won’t be writing it, they’ll be pasting it. Ask them to rummage through all the old magazines and cut out words to form the lines of their poems. Make sure that the lines always end with rhyming words. Watch the kids try out various words to find rhyming ones and then string them into sentences that make sense to complete their masterpieces!
2. Make Your Own Problems
Who likes problems? Also, aren’t kids always asked to write down solutions to problems? So, what is this about creating problems instead? Well, this fun math learning game turns the typical approach to math on its head and encourages the kids to use all their math knowledge and get creative!
How to Play: Sit the kids down and give them a set of 5 random numbers. Now, depending on the ages of the kids, have them write down the math problem that the numbers can be the answers to. For example, tell kids that their first number is 5. Kids will need to frame a problem that 5 will be the answer to. So, they might come up with ‘2 + 3’ or, if they’re older and have begun to learn their times tables, they might write ‘5 x 1’. For older kids, you can even encourage them to get creative and come up with word problems. Taking the same example, kids can write – “Andy has 8 apples. She gives 3 apples to Mark. How many apples does she have left?”
Simple and interesting, isn’t it?
3. Letters and Words
Encourage kids to learn and use new words with this fun learning game! This game can help younger kids learn different words that start with the same letter and even help them with letter recognition.
How to Play: This game can be played orally or with pencil and paper. Pick a category and a letter and share it with the kids. For example – the category can be ‘things that can be found at home’ and the letter ‘b’. Ask kids to list out all the things that they can think of – bed, ball, bat, etc. Help younger kids sound out words clearly so they can identify which words begin with that letter. Easy and fun, isn’t it?
Learning doesn’t happen only in the classroom. Use your kids’ free time at home to engage them with easy and fun activities that will help them learn something new or practice skills they have already learnt. You can get creative and make your own fun learning games for kids too!