Among your children’s toys and games should be games that help develop memory. There are memory match games, which are best for this. Your child will need to flip a card over and try to find its match. If a match is not found, then they will need to remember where those cards were, so when the matching card is found they can make the pair.
Whether you use observations and memory or a memory match game, as the parent you need to ensure your child is able to remember things.
Observation and recall is one of the best, free games you can do with your child. Here is how it works:
Go to a public place
Point out an object, person, sign, or something else
Have your child examine it, try to remember the details
If it is a moving object, they will need to remember it quickly. If it is stationary, give your child a full minute to study it.
Now ask questions and see how much they remember. Was the object x color? How many x did it have? Any question that requires your child to think and remember the answer should be asked.
It not only helps your child increase their memory, but it also helps them observe their surroundings.
One of the biggest challenges parents have is to make sure their children are safe. You don’t want your child to run out in front of a car. You want them to stop, observe, and go if it is safe. Excitement can make this difficult; however, if you work on observation skills, they will be more likely to slow down, take notice, and be safer.
When your children are playing, you want to gain nurturing, observation, memory, cognitive reasoning, and strategy education. You also want them to have as much fun as possible. Play time is meant to unwind your child.
Children can be stressed, bored, angry, sad, confused, happy and all the rest of the emotions that exist. Play time is a way to unwind from the difficult situations and feelings they experience.
As an adult, you tend to unwind in various ways, right? Maybe you have a standing massage appointment? Perhaps you read a book or watch a little TV before bed? Your “play” may have changed with your maturity level, but you still unwind in some manner. You have to give this same option to your children.
Crafts and Playtime
Crafts can also be a part of play. Yes, making something is educational. It teaches your children how to see various pieces put together, as well as how to use scissors, glue, and other craft items.
Crafts are a form of expression. Letting your children play with craft items helps them express their feelings. Drawings and paintings can help you see what your child is thinking or feeling. It can show you if your child feels they are missing something or if there is something they do not like in their life.
Writing, sewing, drawing, painting, or gluing items on poster board are all forms of creative expression. If your child enjoys making potions, lotions, or other items then let them do so.
You will need to be around for supervision.
Explain the rules of crafting during playtime.
Remember to say you love their creativity.
Rules must be established even during play.
Playtime and Rules
Your children may want to relax in front of the TV, with an electronic, or play outside. No matter the activity, you want to make certain your child understands the rules.
You don’t want your child to be in front of the TV 8 hours a day during summer. They should be getting out, doing something, and playing. You do need to place limits on the activities or even how long they can play.
For instance, you might provide two hours of playtime in the morning. During this time, your children can do any activity they wish. They can work on crafts, play games, watch TV, or do anything else that is fun.
At the end of that time, which you can set a timer for, your child will need to switch activities. It can be another play activity or it can be something more educational. It can also be exercise, if your child was reading during playtime, then they should go out and run around.
As the parent you establish the rules you want them to follow. Whether you write these rules down or remind your children at the start of every playtime, you do need to make certain your children know exactly what they can and cannot do. Safety should be a priority, but secondary is raising a smart, healthy child who has the option to explore who they are, what they love to do, and above all be a kid.