Thanks to the reams of paper-based homework they come home with, you can be sure your kids are learning even when they’re away from the classroom. But if you’re looking to give them even more of a push in the right direction, there are plenty of games you can create to help them develop certain skills further.
Of course, it isn’t all about straight-forward sums though. Dressing your educational exercises up in the form of games will ensure they’ll be ready and raring to sit down at the dining table and get stuck in. Play is absolutely vital for kids – however young they may be – so try to create a comfortable and fun atmosphere in the home, allowing them to enjoy downtime as and when it’s necessary. To help you out, we’ve done the legwork for you by researching some of the best educational games you can create with your own fair hands. Here’s how…
Paper-based Memory Games – Remember traditional memory games featuring cards with pictures of familiar objects on? The aim of the game was simply to match them up by turning over two cards – laid face down in rows on the floor – at a time and keeping in mind the location of a pair. While games like this don’t cost too much to purchase, you can personalize them with family photos or diagrams of much-loved toys or other objects. Simply buy some white card, cut down to small squares and grab some pencils or pens to create pairs of matching pictures. A simple game the whole family can get involved with, this is a great idea to help boost a child’s memory as early as possible. Another game perfect for keeping your little one on the ball is the Scarecrow Bingo game we spotted via this website.
Turn Your Living Room Into a Lab – If you’re struggling for ideas, consider turning your living room into a science lab with all manner of activities your kids will be amazed by. We love this gobstopper experiment we stumbled on via our favorite craft-based site, Pinterest. Using a homemade petri dish and a simple box of Gobstoppers, this fun tutorial is a must try. In fact, simply by typing in ‘homemade science experiment’ on Pinterest, you’re bound to discover a whole host of experiments you can try – just make sure they’re age-appropriate.
Create a Homemade Crossword – Does your child stumble over his or her words? Maybe they have no interest in English and instead have shown a passion for maths. Encourage an interest in both subjects, though – it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune in terms of home-based activities you can try. Why not spend some time creating your very own crosswords or word searches using words or phrases your child will respond to? Making something like this will also prove a great idea ahead of a family holiday, when a long car journey might be on the cards. You could even encourage an older child to help you put a crossword together for a younger sibling; give it a go and see if it urges your little one to become more interested in words and language.
So there you have it – and we’ve only scratched the surface in terms of homemade games you can play. Tell us, what games do you play as a family which have helped develop your child’s skills in some way?