Why summer is the perfect chance to get your child thinking differently
The summer holidays are just around the corner and, while it’s crucial that kids get to relax and regroup before the new term, that doesn’t mean that they should switch off altogether. In fact, the holidays provide a great opportunity to flex muscles which may have been neglected in the classroom.
Opportunities for interactive learning are everywhere… build a fort; decorate cupcakes; plan a treasure hunt; make a zip-wire for a Barbie doll; learn how to fly a kite; make a bug hotel; write a song… embrace whatever it is that excites your child, and you’ll be amazed at what they can achieve. Just remember our helpful hints and you can’t go wrong!
1) Keep it FUN! The holidays should, first and foremost, be a time to relax and recover, so let your child choose activities which interest and excite them. This is not a time to stick to timetables or set targets, but rather a chance to foster your child’s natural curiosity and, hopefully, a genuine love of learning.
2) Provide TIME and SPACE for the activities. Don’t rush your child, or hover over them with suggestions. Let them tackle things at their own pace and in their own way so that they can learn what works for them. (If you sit back and watch, you’ll be amazed at how much you learn about them too!)
3) Show them that it’s good to take risks and MAKE MISTAKES. Giving them the freedom to experiment without worrying about getting anything ‘wrong’ will be a huge boost to their confidence.
4) Be CREATIVE. Creativity isn’t limited to the arts – it’s vital for every kind of progress. A creative mind will relish the challenge of an unsolved problem and will flourish under pressure. Vary the activities and get your child trying new things. After all, the best things happen outside of our comfort zone.
If you want further inspiration, the Lucky Gecko Puzzles box is packed full of activities which will encourage your child to think differently and we’ve got one to give away!