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“Play is the highest form of research.” -Albert Einstein

Hello, today I’d like to talk about the importance of activities in our lives, specifically children’s lives. I was a nanny at the beginning of this year and the parents would get upset if I let their children play for too long. They, instead, insisted that I sit them down, make them do a pile of worksheets each and then read five books. They were 4 and 6 years old, the 4-year-old wasn’t even in any kind of school at the time and the 6-year-old went to Kindergarten every week day. I thought that it was ridiculous that they expected so much from such little children. They would actually cry when it was time to do those work sheets and books. They hated it. You know why? Because forcing a child to do those things actually isn’t good for them. Yes, they need to learn their ABC’s and to count to like 100 before they start school but leave the homework and worksheets to the school age teachers. There really is no reason to sit there and FORCE a 4 and 6-year-old to do countless worksheets and read books that are a little difficult for them. Mind you, the 4-year-old couldn’t read at all.

Play is the BEST form of learning for children. They learn math, science, language skills, and countless other things that are needed before they start school. Instead of forcing them to do a math worksheet, introduce them to a game that has numbers. Math isn’t just math problems, it starts so much earlier than that.

This semester, for my summer classes, I have been taking a child development class and we are discussing developmentally appropriate activities for children 2-5 years old. Worksheets shouldn’t be given to children that young because it actually does begin to kill their creativity.

I can go on forever about what to do and what not to do but the next time you feel like your child needs to really learn something, let him play with blocks or play dough rather than handing him or her a stack of papers to work on.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Thanks for reading!

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“Learning is not a race to information, it is a walk to discovery.” -Unknown

In my child development class right now, we have to come up with thirteen different lesson plans and then present three of those to the class. Two out of the three we present to the class we have to present to at the child development center. I will be doing my first presented class activity on Tuesday and I am actually quite excited about it. It’s called Ice Egg Excavation. I originally saw the idea for Glow in the Dark Ice Egg Excavation but decided that Tonic water was too much and there is a whole controversy on it being healthy or not so I figured it would be ok to not use it and just use tap water. Pinterest has a few different ideas, I’ll include the link below.

What I did was I took a box of small animals and, with the help of my dear husband, shoved them (gently) into balloons then filed those balloons with water. Once they are filled and tied, I place them in the freezer and leave them there overnight. I made 2 a few days ago so I was able to look at them last night, when I had the chance. When you’re ready to use them, you cut off the balloon and voila! All you do id put them in a tray or bowl and give the children little droppers and a cup of luke-warm water to drop on the ice eggs to melt them. Watch their amazement as the animal/dinosaur/treasure some out. I love it.

This activity can be done inside or outside but I would prefer to do it outside when it’s a little warmer but not too out out. It’s a great way to keep them cool!

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Pinterest.com Ice Egg Excavation Ideas

Have you tired a similar activity? How did it go? What did they kids think? Leave us feedback in the comments! Thank you for reading.