Make Learning FUN

Can you make learning fun for older children? It's easy to do with our younger members, but as they get older and they need to learn facts, order of things, rules in Literacy and Maths etc, etc - just how easy can it be to make it fun?


Here are just some ideas to think about when planning a lesson or an activity.


First, for our preschool children

  1. Songs and Rhymes

  2. Exploring - water and sand

  3. Using texture with sensory trays and pots, gloop and slime, crunchy cereal, rough tree bark, cold metal and lots more

  4. Painting with fingers

  5. Stickers

  6. Bath Time

  7. Small world play

  8. Home corner play, which includes doctors, vets, fire stations etc

  9. Cuddles and talking

  10. Climbing, running and jumping

  11. Dancing

  12. Dressing up

And lots more



Lots of movement and physical activity for preschool children. And all of it's learning and FUN.


Now, for our older children

But what about when they have to start settling down to REAL LEARNING!

How many times have you heard that said?


Why do so many people think that at a certain age children START to learn?

Our children start to learn from the moment they are born - learning isn't about sitting at a table and being able to do so quietly for certain amounts of time, even though that does need to be done.

The older children get, the more they have to be able to record information and practise skills which does take more and more concentration. And it does mean sitting at a table to be able to do just that. They also need certain skills like reading, writing, understanding basic maths etc. So Why Play?


But that doesn't mean it can't be fun!

Everyone knows that we learn more when we're having fun, so let's look at some ways we can do that as the children get older.

  1. Follow up a reading, writing or maths sitting down task with something that requires a bit of movement that is linked to the task - even if only remotely

  2. Explore Science by doing experiments

  3. Make up quizzes to test what they have learnt in a fun way

  4. Ask them to make up quizzes so they can test the knowledge of other members of the family

  5. When exploring characters in stories then do some 'Hot Seating'

  6. Go on field trips

  7. Do a more grown up version of the 'home corner' by getting them to pretend they are a news reporter and record them reading the news

  8. Create a Power Point (or Google Slides) presentation

  9. Research in books and on-line, a topic of their choice

  10. Listening to stories online, or watching You Tube versions of stories

  11. Create their own short animations

  12. Use video conferencing or something like Skype to connect with others to work on the same project

  13. Create their own website

  14. Help with gardening or making something for the home

  15. Cooking and creating menus

  16. Design and make models to go with the topic they are working on

  17. Write a rap, poem of song to help them remember facts

  18. Paint in the style of ...

  19. Learn how to make their own clip-art

  20. Play computer games

  21. Learn coding to make their own computer games

  22. Create their own You Tube video


There are more ways than you first realise to make learning fun for all ages. These are just a few examples, which include Literacy and Maths. The list could go on and on.


If you try to follow their interest - then you are already on the way to making their learning fun.

Create a mind map when starting a new topic. If you're not sure how to do that then have a look at the blog about mind maps.


For further information on all these points then check out the Fun Learning page. Here is the link

https://www.whyplay.co/making-learning-fun

to help you find it easier.