How to use daily activities to support your child’s learning #4
Games! Games! Games!
Playing games is a great way to entertain the kids, they’re lots of fun, but there can also be opportunities for learning. One of the favourites in our family is Monopoly Junior. The kids love playing it, so much so that we play it over and over and over again, they probably don’t even realise how much learning they gain from playing this game. Lots of counting is involved as they move their token around the board and count out the money. It has also helped to develop their knowledge of doubles, as if you own a set of properties the rent is doubled. They definitely learn to double the number quickly and collect their rent if you land on one of their properties. I love how much learning happens while they are having so much fun!! Below are some other examples of how to bring the learning out of games.
- Dice games- when playing dice games children may begin by counting the dots on the dice. If a number has been rolled several times, encourage your child to try and recognize the number without counting. This skill is known as subitizing.
- Board games- moving a counter around a game board helps to develop one to one correspondence. This is the act of counting the correct number of objects (or spaces) and not skipping an object or counting an object twice.
- Card games- encourage your child to tell you the numbers on the cards as they use them. This helps your child learn to recognise each number by it’s numeral. You can use the picture on the cards to count at first, then cover the picture after they have seen the same number several times to see if they can recognise the numeral without counting.