Teach Numbers To Preschoolers With 4 Easy Steps

Teach Numbers To Preschoolers With 4 Easy Steps!

Teach Numbers To Preschoolers With 4 Easy Steps

One of the most crucial skills for preschoolers is learning to understand numbers. This is an important skill – not just academic but also a life skill – that preschoolers need to know about and kindergartners need to master. Children observe various concepts of mathematics since their toddler years and teaching them does not have to be hard.

This does not have to be a drag, parents. Honestly. This can be fun, interactive, and simple! There are various proven tips to make this entire process not only easy but also an activity that can increase parent-child bonding. Any activity that can enrich the family time spent together is an activity that’s welcome at homes, isn’t it?

1. Teach counting with rhymes

Teach counting with rhymes
Well, what child doesn’t adore rhymes? Incorporating number rhymes into their everyday quota of songs that they won’t stop singing is the easiest way to familiarizing them with numbers. These number rhymes when sung along can not only help them memorize the numbers – when you show them the numbers of fingers when you sing along, the child realizes that the particular number correlates to that many fingers.

2. Incorporate numbers into daily tasks

Incorporate numbers into daily tasks
Incorporate numbers into everyday tasks that your child does with you – for example when your child asks you for a snack or when they help you to clean up after dinner, as them to count the number of snacks they consume or the number of spoons/forks you clean. Asking them to count the number of fingers they have or the number of ears they have is also a fun way of learning numbers while getting children to be more self-aware. Mealtimes can not only be made easy but they can also be fun when you ask them to count the number of apple pieces or broccoli pieces they are eating.

3. Teach the order of number with games

Teach the order of number with games
Memorizing numbers usually isn’t the hardest part of teaching kids. They memorize – sooner or later. It’s getting them to relate to the concept of numbers as anything other than an abstract concept that becomes harder. For example, connect the dots is a brilliant game that helps kids correlate numbers to a tangible concept and explains to them why the numbers have a sequentiality to it. After the connect the dots to find a fun animal or character, you can let them color or paint it to ensure that the activity holds their interest to do it over and over again.

4. Draw the numbers

Draw the numbers
Write down a bunch of numbers and ask them to draw an object or a character that denotes that number. This is obviously a fun game but what this also does is ensure them that they are relating numbers with objects in exactly the right way. You could also draw numbers of flowers/objects and ask them to write down the quantity of your drawings!

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Distract Your Kids From Smartphones

5 Easy Ways To Distract Your Kids From Smartphones

Distract Your Kids From Smartphones

Honestly, the last thing parents need is more guilt. We understand if your kids use smartphones and we don’t believe it to be something that parents need to completely banish at homes. But if your toddlers and preschoolers regularly use smartphones or any digital gadgets to a point where you worry about gadget addiction, and you believe that it’s time to curtail that behavior, we’ve got some tips for you. Gadget addiction, while it might seem like an exaggerated paranoia of a parent, it is serious and you are right to worry about it. The worry is real and valid.

This brings us to the point that prevention is better than cure, right?

So, to ensure that you stay on top of this, here’s what we suggest. First, let us understand the adverse side effects of gadget addiction before we go on to talk about how to prevent it.

The Negative Effects Of Excessive Screentime/Gadget Addiction

  • Obesity – Excessive time in front of the TV or with smartphones can be a risk factor for kids to become overweight.
  • Insomnia – It’s said that the light emitted from screens interferes with the sleep cycle, even for adults. So, for kids, this is a no-brainer – they should not be using smartphones right before bed.
  • Behavior problems – Kids who use mobile phones, video games or TV excessively are shown to have emotional, social, and attention problems which could also lead to poor academic performance.

How To Limit Their Screentime

Set As Example Distract Your Kids From Smartphones

Set an example

Children learn by watching the behaviors of people around them and who are they surrounded continuously by? You, their parents, of course. If they see you engaged in an electronic device, of course, they’re going to want to know what you’re so engrossed in.

Minimize your screentime for your little ones to know that there are better things to do once they look up from their screen.

Set Hours - Distract Your Kids From Smartphones

Set hours

Setting specific hours for TV or video games or mobile phones is not only a great idea in helping curtail kids’ screentime but also helps them get more organized and self-aware with how they spend their time.

Have a schedule/calendar dictating how long they get to spend on gadgets every day. You can also specify other important or productive things they should be working on each day to help them surpass their developmental milestones at the right age.

Encourage other activities

Encourage Other Activities - Distract Your Kids From Smartphones

Kids turn to smartphones or any sort of gadget addiction because they can’t find anything better to do. So, as parents, logically, all we have to do is put in front of them the activities that can engage and educate at the same time.

Here’s where activity boxes come in handy – they bring new concepts, themes and games every month and kids never get bored of it!

Know more about how age-relevant activities can help your kids reach their developmental milestones and succeed in life.

Value family time

Value Family Time -Distract Your Kids From Smartphones

Teach them to value the time spent with family. We all know how family vacations and family dinners are important to keep the family happy and together. While this has myriad of obvious benefits, what this indirectly does is make it a part of your child’s everyday life that what you say to them holds value. So, when you hold a conversation with them about appropriate mobile usage and ask them to adhere to the timings set for gadgets, they give those comments enough value to actually try and follow them.

Kids are cleverer and more mature than we give them credit for.

Play the bad cop

Play the Bad Cop - Distract Your Kids From Smartphones

While no parent actually enjoys playing the role of the bad cop or the tough parent, it is a necessity at times. Because at the end of the day, kids are still kids. They will cry, argue, and scream at times if they don’t get what they want. And someone has to be the bad cop for children to know where the line is – and, no we aren’t saying that this requires you to scream back at them. This just requires parents to not give in when they cry for another one episode of Peppa Pig or five more minutes of mobile game. It can get incredibly hard to deny them something primarily because, of course, parents cannot stand by and watch their kids cry or be hurt.

But being the tough parent does not only warrant result – but it also establishes right from wrong for kids. And we all know how crucial it is for kids to understand that at an early age.

Have you tried any of these tips? Do they work for you? Tell us in the comments.

Tell us in the comments.

STEAM-Based Activity Boxes – Everything You Need To Know

STEAM-Based Activity Boxes - Everything You Need To Know

Activity boxes are meant to be engaging, entertaining, and educational for kids. They are also extremely useful in helping kids understand various topics at a much deeper level by practically implementing them. These boxes include play-based activities that encourage early childhood development in a way that’s exciting and fun for kids.

The activities inside every crate are theme-based & age-relevant inculcating the concepts of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). These activity boxes are designed by a team of child-experts, designers, academics, and artists. The themes of every crate are age-relevant which helps make them more befitting for every child’s physical, intellectual, emotional and social development.

STEM, STEAM – these are terms that parents have been hearing constantly about. Let us delve into the concepts of STEM vs STEAM and why STEAM is not only an improvement but also a necessity.

STEM vs STEAM

STEM has been proclaimed by parents, child-experts, and teachers as the road that paves the way to an incredible future for our kids. That is incredible but kids aren’t interested in careers/jobs – they are waiting to be intellectually, artistically and innovatively stimulated. Once that becomes clear, it seems obvious that kids either find STEM concepts hard or boring only because of how it’s being presented to them.

“The myth that we have to convince kids that science is fun? Are you kidding me? Science has always been fun for children – it just has to be presented in the right way.” – Steve Spangler

That quote is absolutely right. In theory, any concept of STEM can be hard to grasp because let’s be honest – abstract concepts are not the easiest to understand, even for adults. For kids, of course, they require a little bit of assistance. To help kids understand STEM, we have to put it into practice. This involves everything that kids adore – exploration, experimentation, and invention.

While these practical experiments are exciting and crucial initiatives for children to try at a very early age, what these experiments are missing is the development of critical skills like innovation and creativity.

Is STEAM simply just adding an art project to your child’s curriculum? Of course not.

STEAM is primarily a methodology to approach STEM subjects in a creative way and make them relevant to the real world out there. STEAM education emphasizes that it does not matter if your kids will grow up to be tomorrow’s scientists, leaders, entrepreneurs or artists – every job will require creative, innovative, and motivated thinkers who are willing to step out of their comfort zones.

Do you think your child’s needs are being adequately met?

If not, let us help – our line of STEAM-based activities are tailored to help your kid pass their developmental milestones with flying colors.

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Difference between STEM vs STEAM

Coping with your children’s Sibling Rivalry

Coping with your children’s Sibling Rivalry – Is it normal?

Coping with your children’s Sibling Rivalry

“Why can’t they ever get along? Is this even normal? Am I failing as a parent?”

These are common questions that cross the minds of parents with more than one child. As long as there is more than one child in a house, you need to realize that sibling rivalry is inevitable. There’s nothing you can do as a parent to prevent it but it’s not always unhealthy. Kids fight – siblings or not. All you need to do as a responsible parent is to be understanding and help them understand where the line is.

While this can be considered a common phenomenon in families, it could get a little tricky if parents don’t handle it right. But before we get onto the hacks to handle and prevent sibling rivalry, let’s try and understand why it exists in the first place.
Why does sibling rivalry occur?

It’s not as much a mystery anymore. It’s quite logical.

From your elder kid’s perspective, they were once the sole focus – the centre of your attention. Their wish was your command before another little human being came along.

For your younger one, they get tired of being bossed around by the elder sibling and parents all the time. At some point, they would prefer some independence too.

How can I stop sibling rivalry before it gets out of hand?
You won’t ever be able to stop it completely. But you can reduce the frequency of its occurrences.
1. Allocate time for your kids individually.

Allocate time for your kids individually
Your kids fight primarily because they want attention. They feel like their siblings are taking something away that belongs to them – a parent’s attention, love or care.

So, ensure that you spend enough time both of your kids individually. It could help take away some of the frustrations that they are unable to articulate.

2. Activities to spend time as a family.Activities to spend time as a family.

This essentially helps a child feel like they are an essential part of your family if they had been feeling a little lonely. Or, in other cases, if your kid sees their sibling as someone who takes away parents’ love, then it will help them look at their siblings in a more familial sense during these times spent together.

Time spent together as a family is great for both parents and children.

3. Find common interests.

Find common interests
While kids argue and fight sometimes for absolutely no reason at all, all logic flies out the window. They could be quarrelling and poking each other just because they’re bored. This is where common interests could act as your secret weapon.

Talk to them about something they both love, encourage them to have conversations and discussions around that topic in a pleasant and intellectual way. Play games, quizzes or have contests around the same topic.

While getting rid of sibling rivalry all together is not the easiest thing in the world, it also does not have to be the hardest part of parenting. Use these tips and let us know if they come in handy.

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How to teach your kids to recognize colors through creative ways

How to teach your kids to recognize colors through creative ways!

How to teach your kids to recognize colors through creative ways

Stepping into the world of colors is exciting, invigorating, and extremely fun for kids! Aside from it being an important part of early childhood learning, it’s a delightful process for kids to learn to recognize and identify colors.

But surprisingly, learning colors can be a little difficult for kids. Studies show that kids start recognizing various colors at 18 months and should be able to name some colors by the time they’re well into their second year of life. If your kid has trouble recognizing and identifying colors, do not worry at all. It’s one of the very first abstract concepts they come across, so it’s only normal that kids find it a tad bit difficult.

Identifying and naming colors are considered to be a part of their lessons in building cognitive pathways and a milestone in their cognitive development.

5 creative ways to teach kids to identify colors

1. Incorporate identifying colors in everyday activities:

everyday activities
Whether it is buying new toys or a walk around the park, make identifying colors a fun game between you and your child. This helps your little one visualize colors in a way they would have visualized alphabets while writing them down.

2. Differentiate similar objects based on colors:

Similar Object
Pick out two similar objects (tee shirts, socks, shoes – it could be anything) that are identical to each other in every way other than color. Now, ask them to differentiate between the objects. Some kids might fixate on one color and repeat it, but don’t let them wear you out – they’re simply having fun! Repetition is a great way for kids to learn – if they fixate on one color, show them objects only of that color.

3. Fun activities and games!

Fun activities
What child doesn’t adore playing games? While playing their favorite games, add an extra feature to it – ask them to name the colors they see. Memory games are incredibly useful for kids – from a cognitive and executive skill development perspective. Ask them to remember the colors of certain random objects and quiz them on it frequently.
Incentivize when they play along – their favorite food or ice-cream every week when they make progress!

4. Songs and rhymes!

songs and rhymes

Kids would do almost anything you ask for if you request them for it in a sing-song voice! Children adore rhymes and songs – so capitalize on it! Create fun and rhythmic songs about colors that they’d have fun singing along to.

This is a great way for kids to remember objects and the colors associated with them.

5. A colorful meal to seal the deal!

colorful meal

Food – food is every little kid’s favorite thing ever! They enjoy eating, playing, and cooking. Anything that has to do with food – kids will find a way to love it. So, add loads of colors on your child’s plate and have a sing-song of what the vegetables/fruits’ colors are.

That’s a fun way that your kid will be sure to love!

We believe that these creative ways would be a winner with your kid, so let us know what you think once you try them out!

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Optical Illusion and what they reveal about our brains

Optical Illusion and what they reveal about our brains!

Optical Illusion and what they reveal about our brains

Hard to believe if I tell you that the above image is not in colour but black and white, right?

That’s the magic of optical illusion.

This extremely bizarre but equally incredible optical illusion is taking the internet by storm! Here, this image tricks the brain into believing that the image is colourful. But no closer inspection, it’s obvious that the image in itself is actually black and white.

So, how does it work?

The optical illusion here has been created by printing a grid of selectively coloured lines over the original black and white image.

When you glance at the image, the brain compresses the visual information and deceives the overall impression of the image as a coloured one.

So, what becomes obvious here is that the human brain is amazing. It sees an image with various individual characteristics to it, fills in the “missing” parts, and forms a whole image all on its own.

What is an optical illusion?

An optical illusion is a form of visual illusion that is characterized by a visual perception that appears to differ from reality.

To put it in simpler words, it deceives your eye by appearing differently than reality.

So, why do we see colour?

Optical illusions occur because our brains are used to recognizing patterns and seeing familiar objects. Our brains work to make sense of the image through all the ambiguity and distortion that already exists in the image.

While we understand now that the human brain can make sense of visual images that can deceive us, understanding these images are also part of the skills that kids gain early on. Skills that seem so common while remaining incredible for adults are skills that kids need to gain earlier in life. These skills help improve the cognitive development of kids early on in life.

Here are other ways through which you can help improve your kids cognitive and executive skills.

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Choosing the right toys for the right age – What you should be looking for

Choosing the right toys for the right age

Choosing the right toys for kids that are safe, age-appropriate, activity-based, educational, engaging and fun could be a handful. The world of toys is wonderful but it can become overwhelming. It’s not the easiest decision to make because not all toys for kids focus on being stimulating and educational.

Play is incredibly important in meeting the developmental milestones of children – they have a huge part in the cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development of children. That’s exactly why toys for kids need to be seen as developmental learning tools instead of just tools of entertainment. 

Age-appropriate toys:

Infants (0-1.5)

0-1.5 year old toys

Infants are fascinated with sounds, movements, and black and white visuals. Toys that can help get them excited and keep them working on hand-eye coordination, reaching and grasping are crucial for this age. They also experiment with shapes, sizes, and space. And that’s exactly why toys for 1-year-old especially need to be selected with care as the first year of a baby’s life is incredibly important.

Get an idea of the best toys for kids in this age segment.

Tiny tots (1.5-2)

1.5-2 year old toys

This is where kids start to enjoy playing pretend. During this period, children show various characteristics that indicate their appetite for gaining necessary lexical, cognitive and emotional skills. Engaging with children in interactions that involve various coordinative and attentive exercises have a significant impact on their growth.

Toys that are age-appropriate for 18-24-month-olds.

Toddlers (2-3)

toys for 2 - 3 year old kids

During the age of 2-3, a child’s dynamics and constant demand for attention are because of the effective changes in brain development. Their desire to play pretend, to contemplate reasoning and perspectives, and to understand order and sequence becomes evident. So, to start providing them with educational and developmentally stimulating toys becomes crucial. 

See the range of age-appropriate STEAM-based activities for kids in this age segment.

Pre-Kindergarten (3-4.5)

toys for 3 - 4.5 year old kids

Kids are constantly asking the reason behind everything and they are more resilient than ever during this age segment! Their social and physical growth must be encouraged with proper stimulants that aid their development.

They start foreseeing results, set a goal and take actions to make it happen. To ensure that they cross their developmental milestones, activities for kids that invigorate their minds are important to have.

Kindergarten (4.5-6)

toys for 4.5 - 6 year old kids

Kids are known to become more vocal, coordinated and independent around this age. Their thought process, vocabulary, and motor skills need to be stimulated using proper developmental instruments. This is where high-quality activities for kids can step in to provide interactive education and excitement.

Take look at the myriad of play-based activities that can help kids of this age-segment.

Primary School (6-8)

toys for 6 - 8 year old kids

This age sees a lot of developmental milestones being surpassed. Kids understand their place in the world and go through social changes in making more friends & wanting to be liked. 

This is where their interest in various subjects, hobbies, and passion become evident. Indulging them in those interests can help towards higher academic results, self-confidence, and out-of-the-box thinking.

Help them with STEAM-based educational activities for kids that pave the way to making them tomorrow’s scientists!

Elementary School (8-10)

toys for 8 - 10 year old kids

In this age group, we see drastic growth in children’s cognitive development – from understanding multiple perspectives to welcoming different points of view. They are more inclined to recognize their learning strengths and focus on applying that to their academic skills.

To ensure that their excitement for learning does not dwindle, validate their strengths through developmental tools that make education much more fun!

Middle School (10-12)

toys for 10 - 12 year old kids

Kids demonstrate incredibly improved coordination, balance, and agility during this time. Coupled with the physical milestones they reach, they also undergo a boatload of intellectual, mental and social changes during this time.

While it can be overwhelming for them, you can help centralize their focus and thought process using various educational tools that masquerade itself as fun activities for kids!

Secondary School (12-15)

toys for 12 - 15 year old kids

This is the age group where it’s more likely to see kids put their minds to complex thinking, project into the future to formulate specific outcomes and set targets to achieve them. 

So, it’s significant that these positive habits are trained and encouraged to help them achieve academic goals.

Take a look at some of the best activities for kids of this age segment!

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Benefits of Parental Involvement - Are you an involved parent

Benefits of Parental Involvement – Are you an involved parent?

Benefits of Parental Involvement - Are you an involved parent

Being involved in their child’s life is something that every parent wants. Parental involvement usually refers to the amount of participation that a parent has when it comes to every aspect of their child’s life. Participating in their school, with the parents of their friends, and their hobbies – all of this can have a significant positive impact on a child.

Take our 1-minute quiz to find out how involved you are in your child’s life

Parental involvement can vary from one household to the next. All we need to do is to ensure that children receive all the benefits that they could from the participation of parents. From being present during a school event, being aware of what’s happening in the classroom, to taking time to get to know their friends – all of these could have such positive effects on kids.

Short on time? – Skim through the summary.

 

  • The amount of participation that a parent has on their child’s life decides how involved they are.
  • Parental involvement can have a significant positive impact on a child’s life.
  • Being involved in almost every aspect of a kid’s life – from their school play and homework to their hobbies and friends can foster positive results from children.
  • Parental involvement has shown to be directly linked to a child’s social, academic, and emotional development.

Benefits:
High parental involvement could result in better social, emotional, and academic development for kids.

Social:

Social Benefit of Parental Involvement
Parents can help foster irrefutably good social experiences for kids by simply being aware of their interest in school, their friends, the sports team they are a part of or the math club they want to join. By being aware of their interests and passion, you can ensure that they never miss out on any opportunities to shine in or just be a part of something that they believe in.
This sense of belonging and achievement that you provide for your kid comes with a reassurance that only a parent can give.

Academic:

Academic Benefit of Parental Involvement
Studies have repeatedly shown that parental involvement is one of the crucial deciding factors in a child’s academic performances. The studies also go onto suggest that the earlier that a parent can intervene, the better it is for kids.

Helping your kid with their homework, having conversations about their favorite subjects, doing STEAM-based projects, taking them on trips to museums and planetariums, and staying on top of their grades – all of these have shown to produce better academic results from kids.

Emotional:

Emotional Benefit of Parental Involvement
The involvement that you display in any and every aspect of your kid’s life will enhance a positive emotional effect on your child. Parental involvement has also proved to reduce behavior issues if any at all persisted in a child. It has also shown to foster better mental health, self-esteem, and confidence in kids.

Based on all the information provided, we can conclusively state that parental involvement will shape how the child’s life turns out and benefits various aspects of their lives.

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