Learning through play is an important way kids learn. My son received some learning kits from Lakeshore Learning. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are my own
Have you heard it said that kid’s work is spelled P-L-A-Y? When kids are let loose to play and discover, they are learning life skills that will carry them through adulthood. Recently we received a box from Lakeshore Learning with some learning toys for our review. As my son and I have been testing these products out, I’ve realized that there are some important life skills that kids learn from play!
3 Life Skills Kids Learn from PLAY
As parents, we often fall into a rut of busyness. We are focused on the day to day routines and forget the big picture. Yes, we want our kids to grow up and become productive citizens but sometimes we lose sight of how quickly our kids are growing up. I have written before about skills that kids need to learn and today I’m back with more things that each of our children need to learn.
Cause and Effect:
Whether we are teaching our kids how to use electronic devices or helping them understand that their late night snack doesn’t belong under their bed because it will bring in mice, we are always trying to help our kids understand that actions have consequences. Each time we do something, it changes the ripple effect of our life. But how do we show that to young children?
My son has a Chain Reaction Kit that allows him to test different results by combining topples, ramps, hammers and switches to create the perfect chain of events that take a ball from start to finish. Sometimes his contraption and series of events work, and other times they miss the mark. One small adjustment with one of the machines has an impact on the entire process and execution.
Following the Instructions Matters
As a parent of an elementary, middle and high school student I know how hard it is to get kids to follow the directions. It’s often easier for all of us to just muscle through and try to do things the fast way. But that is not always the wisest path.
A great way to teach this concept is using science experiments or a chemistry kit. During a recent VBS lesson, I used baking soda, vinegar and balloons to show that if you follow the directions, amazing things can happen. If science is not your strong point, then you may want to order a science or chemistry kit where you can experiment with different chemicals in a safe environment.
Sometimes there’s no shortcut
My son has been wanting to try his hand at woodworking. When he was younger, we took advantage of the free build and learn clinics at the home improvement store. But now that he is older, he is ready to try something a little more challenging. Since he has not done a lot of woodworking projects, we ordered a woodworking kit with precut wood blocks and several project starter instructions. He is learning how to remove a bent nail, how to start a nail when there is no predrilled hole and how important it is to take his time and build correctly.
Simple woodworking projects can teach our kids to take their time and not look for shortcuts. There’s simply no substitute for careful work and attention to detail.
What skills do you think kids learn from play?
Hobbies on a Budget received discounts or products to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received.