Category: Learning Activities

Give A Sticker The Recognition It Deserves

We all have the memory of a time when someone gave us a sticker for a job well done and with this trend still going it seems generations to come will share the same memories.

At school the definition of a good day was getting a sticker from the teacher for something you did well. You’d march proudly to the front of the class to receive this badge of honour and then spend hours telling your fellow classmates, the dinner lady and the supply teacher exactly how you’d managed to wangle this. It didn’t matter that by the end of the day it was starting to get furry from your school jumper and peel off, it was still hanging on and that was all that mattered. By the time the final bell rung the greatest thing about having a sticker was just around the corner-the look on your mums face. Then it was mums turn smugly drop into conversations with the other mums that her child had received one of these rare stickers, to call dad, drop in on the grandparents on the way home and then more than likely let you have sweets after tea or your favourite pudding. Then at bedtime this slightly drooping sticker would be gently peeled off and stuck on the wall for everyone to see. For years this accolade would be remembered, discussed and celebrated throughout generations.

Trips to the dentist
It’s not just schools that keep a stack of stickers for their very best stars, dentists reel them out too for fillings, wobbly teeth and getting through the trauma of braces. If a pupil returns from a trip to the dentist wearing one of these stickers all other pupils know something serious happened in that chair and questions are not to be asked. The only appropriate reaction is a bow of the head.

Badges have their time too
Similar to the sticker is the badge. Cubs, Scouts, Rainbows and Brownies give out badges which have been earned by the wearer through a series of brutal challenges, for example road safety or skipping. There will have been grazed knees and perhaps some tears along the way but never the less a goal has been achieved and a badge has been stitched onto their sash for everyone to see.

Honour the sticker
Stamps in a school book simply aren’t the same, you can’t walk around with your school book open pointing at the stamp because your class mates would simply think you were big headed and probably not talk to you at lunch. Getting a sticker, badge or mini plastic trophy is to a child what a gold medal is to an Olympic athlete and should always be greeted with heaps of praise and a bag of sweets.

Kerry Boulton enjoys working with children, here she looks at very simple rewards which work. Writing for Harris Screen Print


Learning Activities for Toddlers

Ages 18 months to 4 years are what we consider toddlers. And as parents, we should know that this stage is very crucial. You need to help your kids to develop their IQs and EQs. How can you do that if your toddler plays most of the time?

I have some bright ideas which you can use. Without a doubt, your toddler will grow up as a very intelligent person.

Play. It is normal that little children love to play. It seems that they are programmed to do that. You use their playing time to learn too. How can you do that? It’s pretty simple. Why not make educational games? You can buy rubber mats with letters. You can teach the alphabet using those. And when you think your kids are ready, you can ask them to jump on the letters that you ask them. See, it is a physical and an intellectual activity rolled into one.  

Take them to zoos. It would be so much fun if you take your kids to zoos. Not only that they will enjoy, they can learn different creatures as well. Make sure that they are attentive. Show them the most unique animals to keep them interested. It should be easy to see if they have learned. While on the road, you can ask them random questions about animals. You can ask about the physical attributes of an animal, or their behavior.  

Book a theme park visit. You think that theme parks are all fun. But I see something more than that. Your theme park visit can be educational for your kids too. There are theme parks that have historical value. Perhaps, you can take them there. Of course, you have to do your research too. That way, you can explain to your kids why a specific theme park is interesting.

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Let them mingle with other kids. Lastly, it is very important that you teach your kids to be sociable. You don’t want your child to be a loner, do you? There are summer activities where you can enrol your kids. They will make friends from there. Not only that they will increase their IQ, they will also develop their EQ.

Always bear in mind that what you do can greatly affect your kids. If you hone them properly in the early stages of their lives, you will never have to worry about their future. 

Kim Bookman has 2 young boys. I believe that she has mastered the art of teaching her kids. You might want to follow her tips so you can maximize your kid’s potential.