The holidays are a great time to unplug from all the electronic games. Encourage creativity in young students with simple gifts that reinforce skills in a fun and interactive way.
Here are six interesting holiday gift ideas that enhance learning, increase vocabulary, practice math, fine-tune motor skills, and promote team and social interaction.
• Easy board games: Games like Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land, and Sorry, for example, help kids practice turn-taking, counting, moving markers, and learning strategies to out-maneuver partners.
• Pattern games: Checkers, Connect Four, and Memory are three examples of games that require recognizing and understanding patterns. This understanding is important in both reading and math.
• Reading and word games: Alphabet or Word Bingo, Scrabble Jr., and Sequence for Kids help with letter and word recognition, as well as word building and sequencing. These are all essential skills for good readers.
• Math: Uno Jr., Number Bingo, and Pop for Addition and Subtraction are some examples of beginning math games. Rolling dice, counting spaces on a board, and having to move a playing piece forward or backward are all ways to help a young student understand math concepts.
• Legos: Legos offer young children the opportunity to colorfully create tangible objects while practicing fine motor skills.
• Books: Books are my personal favorites to give young children! When talking together, try to discover your child’s book interests. They could range from fiction to accurate factual stories. Then purchase books based on those interests. Some examples could be classics, such as Winnie the Pooh or Goodnight Moon, as well as newer stories like The Magic Tree House or Junie B. Jones series. Or, choose nonfiction stories about dinosaurs, butterflies, trucks, or snakes.
And while you’re home together for the holidays, simple activities like a lively family game night or “Drop Everything and Read” drills can boost your young child’s academic skills in a fun and family-friendly way!