Early activities that your kids can get involved into
If you think back to your younger years, you may remember taking part in many extracurricular activities that your parents signed you up to at an early age. I remember wanting to spend time with my friends instead of partaking in these after-school activities, but little did I know how much these activities fostered many areas of physical, mental and academic growth. The benefits of extracurricular activities also create transferable skills like healthy time management, mental wellness and positive behaviour. So if you’re wondering how you could pass on these benefits to your child, then listen up as I have some ideas of early activities that your kids can get involved into now.
Try a Sport
Sport is a fantastic way to encourage kids not only to get outdoors and off the screens, but it can increase the chances of succeeding later in life. Starting early means gaining the knowledge and getting the skills necessary to excel from an early age, but even if you register your kids for fun, sport can lead to many benefits for adulthood. According to Stanford Children’s Health, sports help to regulate a healthy weight, develop motor skills, and boost self-confidence and encourage human interaction and team playing skills. You can find sports teams for kids of all ages at schools, local recreation centres, and through sporting clubs. Cricket, football, rugby, tennis, basketball and polo are all fun ideas that kids love to play.
Consider an Art Class
Creative activities for kids like arts and crafts are a great way to encourage kids to learn through play because arts and crafts spark creativity and promote fine motor development – plus, it is fun! You can find many art classes through your local community centre, at a nursery school or through your religious institution. Keep some office stationery supplies and other art items at home so you can be actively involved in creating art with your kids. Young artists often do well in other academic pursuits and creativity is a good skill to have for other subjects.
Get Involved with Scouting
Scouting is an invaluable activity for both boys and girls, and they can often start at age 5 and continue until they are 18. The whole scouting group offers valuable outdoor activities for kids, including how to make a fire, camping and other important life skills. It is for this reason why many members often stay involved with scouting into adulthood. The opportunities are endless, including as mentioned camping, artistic pursuits, building character, boosting social skills and much more. Scouting is a fantastic organisation that helps kids find out who they are and helps build necessary skills for a lifetime of success.
Do Something Musical
Music is massively beneficial to the mental and physical development of a child, and it is not difficult to find places that offer lessons on an instrument of choice. Your child might also be able to take such cultural classes at school or through your church. According to research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, music lessons enhance language skills in kids as young as kindergarten. Whether your child wants to learn how to play an instrument, star in a play or learn to dance, you’ll never regret getting them involved in music at a young age.
Foster a Love of Books
Children who enjoy reading are often successful in other aspects of their education, and they always have something enjoyable to do. You can start by taking your little ones to the library to find books to read together, and many libraries offer kids to join the Summer Reading Challenge where they read at least six books over the summer and enter into the pot to win a prize at the end. You might also have them join a reading club, such as Chatterbooks or create their book club with friends, so they always have access to exciting new reading material, as well as people with whom they can share.
Whichever you choose for your child, the importance of extracurricular activities is evident. As long as you engage your child in play through fun activities outside of the curriculum, then the act will help develop key skills in their early years. Find something they enjoy and encourage them to keep at it for a while to ensure they get the best out of that activity. Don’t forget that most kids will resist at the beginning. It may be worth paying for a term and telling them that if they don’t like it after that term, they don’t need to carry on. Then try the next activity until you find the one where your child can excel and enjoy.
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