The way we learn when we’re young is much different from the studious, academic tutelage of our adult life. For kids, they learn as much from play and adventure as they do from books and study. Leaning into this natural gift for the absorption of new information we can design methods of play and learning that are as fun as they are functional.
If you turn to teach into a game then you and your child will never grow bored of it. It can mean you’re spending quality time together whilst also equipping them with the core skills to keep them at the top of their class when they finally have their first day of school.
Shapes are the building blocks that all further education and understanding are built upon. It’s how we develop our logical mind and tune in our capacity for pattern recognition. We all played with shapes through blocks or Lego as children and it’s a great way to get to grips with the concept.
Games are a great way to engage the brain and keep it active and it’s the best way to introduce learning shapes for kindergarten age children. There are a million different ways to keep kids having fun and learning at the same time whether that be educational TV programming, digital games, and apps, or games that you play together, here are a few of our favorites.
Lego, Duplo, or just good old wooden blocks, it doesn’t matter the shape or size playing architect is always fun. You can introduce color, shape, size, and numeracy all whilst building something fun together. “Could you hand me that yellow brick?”, “I think I need three triangle shaped blocks to finish this bridge.” It’s a great way to spend time together constructively if you’ll forgive the pun.
This fantastic little app is available in the app store and is a great way to get your little one engaged in education. The aquatic theme lends itself to bright colors and cute characters featured in a wide range of different math-based games. The shape games are particularly fun and will keep your child coming back for more.
In instructing and playing through art you can teach shapes, names, numbers, and anything else you can think of. You can draw a pretty picture with all your child’s favorite animals and then ask them to count them. You could ask them to draw a picture of their favorite place using only triangles. The possibilities are endless but never underestimate the draw of drawing.
All you need is a piece of chalk and a sidewalk for this fun and active game. Mark out a grid using alternating circles, triangles, squares, or any other shape you’d like to teach/practice with. Then chuck a bean bag and whichever shape it lands in is the only shape you can skotch through to retrieve the bag. It’s education, entertainment, and exercise all in one.