When we think of our childhood, the first thing that comes to our mind is how different things were back then. Many of us were either part of joint families or were visited by troops of uncles, aunts, and cousins, every now and then. Neighbourhoods were full of kids our age and everyone knew each other.
This provided us with a lot of opportunity to run around, play, and make friends. All this guaranteed us a lot of physical and social development. Now let’s ask ourselves, how many playmates do our children have? How often do they go out and play? How are they engaged indoors? And more importantly, why should we meaningfully engage children?
Your child’s brain is at the peak of its development during the first five years. Every small experience — touch, smell, taste, auditory, and visual — during this period creates a huge impact in his/her development.
Early age activities and experiences, like we had in our childhood, are essential. They cannot be replicated by toys and gadgets. Lack of these activities even slows down and affects your child’s development. Thus, leading to other problems.
To make it more clear, let me summarize.
5 reasons to engage children with meaningful activities
1) Better social interaction
Communication and social interaction are the backbone of a child’s development! Does your child often get into fights? Is he/she always found alone?
Without proper communication, your child will be unable to develop interactive skills. This is what affects his/her behaviour in school and eventually at workplace.
With meaningful activities, this can be prevented. Your child gets engaged, interacts more, and thereby becomes more social.
2) Proper fostering
How often have you boasted that your child is mimicking you, even at a very young age? Children acquire all that they observe. They are exposed to a lot of different things while growing up.
Which is why meaningful activities are important in teaching the right ideals. It not only ensures that your child gets to learn right from wrong, but also builds his/her knowledge base.
3) Improved focus
We all know focus is essential for everything, from day-to-day activities to leisure-time reading. Lack of concentration affects not just academics, but even performance in small tasks.
By engaging children with meaningful activities — like playing chess, you can easily increase their concentration.
4) Develop imagination
When was the last time you saw your child playing with an imaginary friend? Imagination is key to your child’s development.
Only through imagination does your kid get new ideas and try them out in the real world, testing his/her own limits.
Activities like reading, playing, etc develop imagination and creativity. Apart from that, they also help in developing brain function.
5) Healthy body
It is a generally known fact that the main aim of early age physical activities is to build a healthy body. So do you think your child gets enough physical activity?
To answer that, just remember how you used to run around and play in your childhood. Is your little one getting the same amount of movement? This is exactly why you need to engage him/her with meaningful activities like walking, running, etc.
Meaningful activities not only engage children, but also helps you to build your child’s imagination, motor skills, communication, problem solving abilities, and much more. More importantly, all of these are essential in your kid’s development.
So do you think your child needs better engagement? Don’t know how? Don’t worry. I’ll soon share with you some easy ways through which you can engage your child. Stay tuned.
90% of a child’s permanent foundation for brain development occurs in the early years according to Rauch Foundation. An overuse of gadgets can only stunt this growth and cause a negative impact on the child’s overall development.
If your child is spending more time swiping and scrolling, instead of interaction with the real world, you need to act before it’s too late.
Find out if your child is being meaningfully and positively engaged by taking this simple quiz.