78. Start With The Child
Have you ever had a brilliant idea an activity but your child showed no interest?
Have you played a game which you hoped would be fun but your child needed so much support that all momentum was lost.
What went wrong?
You didn't start with the child.
You know, of course, that you have to find something that sparks their imagination. But an activity can't be successful unless it's also at the right level. This is a subtle thing. A small gap in their knowledge can render a seemingly simple activity impossible.
This is one of the reasons I'm against a lot of those Pinterest-friendly activities where the adult has decided what the final outcome is going to be. A paper-plate face where the hair and eyes have to be positioned just so; a tissue-paper mosaic which is only right if you copy the one in the photo. These activities take no account of what the child would like to do and there is often a step that is beyond their capabilities. Having an adult anxiously hovering over you, correcting your mistakes and chiding you for your lack of care is guaranteed to kill your enthusiasm.
Far better to offer the same materials but allow your child to decide the final outcome. A paper plate and some collage materials might become something far more creative and unexpected, but no less of a learning experience.
It can be fun to try out a pre-determined craft activity, especially at Halloween and Christmas. Just don't get too attached to the finished product.
Have your say
14. Nursery Rhymes and Action SongsNursery rhymes are such a great introduction to literacy because they teach early phonic skills - hearing and manipulating letter...Alexis Ralphs Sep 19, 2020
52. Heuristic playWe’ve all watched as a baby or toddler makes a happy discovery, learning that one thing fits inside another or...Alexis Ralphs Oct 20, 2020
53. Sensory playWelcome to the world of sensory play, where your child’s amazing senses can come alive as they begin to explore...Alexis Ralphs Sep 19, 2020
79. Listening to StoriesStories help young children to make sense of the world. Without experiences of their own to draw on, stories act...Alexis Ralphs Oct 20, 2020
82. Days OutLike reading books, days out are compost for the young mind, nourishing it and helping it to grow.Alexis Ralphs Jul 28, 2020
93. Using TechnologyUntil children can turn an object over in their hands they can't turn it over in their minds. They need...Alexis Ralphs Sep 19, 2020
94. Symbolic play: the key to your child's imaginationYou've probably heard that play is critical for language development. But why is that? Is it simply that play gives...Alexis Ralphs Sep 19, 2020
99. The Paleo Diet for ToysSometimes I think the 100 Toys approach to play is a bit like the Paleo Diet. I find myself wondering...Alexis Ralphs Sep 19, 2020