Environment

Shared activities during daily routine: another way how a child learns 

Sometimes adults do not realize that just playing with children might be something more. Through the easiest activities, a child's development happens. What does a child learn in the kitchen, the living room, while getting dressed or blowing bubbles? 

 

Activities in the kitchen 

Motor skills

Stir, cut and chop to develop muscle strength

Add spices, create little balls and decorate - developing small motor skills

Language

Listen to and read recipes and fulfill the instructions

Learn the names of the foods and tools in the kitchen

Describe the tastes, shapes, textures, temperatures, etc., of the food

Cognitive skills

Learn about table manners

Count how many dishes are needed, measure and weigh products, separate products in parts

Add what is needed to be added together (a kettle with its cover, separate spoons, knives, and forks, put together the bowls or plates that are the same)

 

Digital tools

Motor skills

Dance to the music or recreate the dance moves seen on the screen

Small motor skills - use buttons or switches (on whichever digital tool)

For the development of coordination between sight and hands, there are multiple games on tables and/or smartphones

Language

Talk about what they see and hear on a device

Read together e-books or listen to audiobooks (and also discuss the plot)

Communicate with friends and relatives

Cognitive skills

The feeling of time (for example, when there is limited time for using a device)

An understanding between correlation and causation (if I press a button, something will happen)

 

Physical activities indoors and outdoors

Motor skills

Exercises for strengthening muscles

Movement in fresh air

Movement of cleaning the house or tidying toys

Movement while playing games

Games with a ball

Language

Learn about verbs

Developing vocabulary by naming the tools used while exercising

Cognitive skills

Follow instructions 

Count how many times an exercise has to be done 

 

Washing clothes

Motor skills

Putting clothes in the washing machine

Taking the clothes out

Folding clothes

Language 

Naming the pieces of clothing and needed materials for washing (for example, soap, softener or freshener)

Cognitive skills

Following instructions

Separating clothes based on their characteristics (dad's clothes, white clothes, etc.)

 

Getting dressed

Motor skills

Coordination of movement (putting a leg in the right side of the pant, putting a hand in the sleeve of the shirt, etc.)

Putting on a piece of clothing correctly (right and left side, bottom and front)

Buttoning buttons, tying shoelaces, zipping up zippers

Language

Naming and describing clothes

Vocabulary - under, on, next to, together, couple, above, etc.  

Cognitive skills

Understanding the right order (what to wear after what)

Understanding which clothing goes together (the same socks, mittens, similar clothing by color, etc.)

 

Blowing bubbles

Motor skills

Bursting bubbles and developing coordination between sight and movement of arms

Catching bubbles and developing coordination

Language

Motor skills of the mouth, especially lips

Breathing

Cognitive skills

Correlation causation (if I touch a bubble, it will burst; if I blow the bubble slowly, it will be big, etc.)

 

Relaxing in the living room 

Motor skills

Developing the movement of a child by using elements of the couch (pillows, blankets, etc.) and creating forts

Language

Read books

Talk about the plot of movies or cartoons

Play word games

Cognitive skills

Play board games (wait for their turn, count, feeling of time in games, that are time-limited), a child learns how to recognize and deal with the feelings of loosing

 

Take into consideretaion!

All activities have to be done with parents or with their supervision. 

The environment is important so that the child does not have to reach or be on their tiptoes. 

Explain the instructions and rules. 

Finish the task TOGETHER. 

 

The consultant for this material: Madara Ungere, Ikšķile's Centre for Health Development 

 

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