#teammagicalmaths Bethany Taylor
Art & Writing Activities to Try with the Kids
Art and writing are important. As well as learning subjects such as maths and science, the more ‘creative’ lessons broaden children’s minds, strengthen their imaginations, and even help them to understand themselves and others better. If you’re wondering how to engage children this year at home and in the classroom, give these activities a go. Just be sure to stock up on stationery supplies from an educational supplier before you get started (such as this one here, for instance), as all of these activities require pens, paper and other arty materials!
For helping you understand who they are
Whether we’re a teacher responsible for a class, or a parent responsible for a child, we think we really know the children we look after. But is this true? Ask the child to draw a love heart on a large piece of paper. Their job is to fill it up with all the different things that they love so that you can get a real insight into what really matters to a child. For instance, they might want to draw sections that represents their parents, siblings, friends, pets, hobbies and bedroom. They can write or draw each section, filling it up with colour while taking care to present it nicely. If this is an activity you’re doing in the classroom, hang the posters on the wall to create an eye-catching display, and if you’re doing it at home, fix it in an area where your child will feel like you’re proud of their artistic endeavours.
For building relationships
This is an activity beloved by teachers, perfect for the beginning of the year when they have a class full of new faces. It helps teachers to get to know their new pupils, but more importantly, helps children to make friends with one another. Task children with writing their own ‘personal ad’, explaining what kind of friend they are (fun, loyal, and sometimes a little bit quiet because they’re thinking) and what they’re looking for in a friend (someone who likes playing football at lunchtime and is happy even when disagreements happen, for instance). While this is a good writing activity for the start of the term, teachers make a point of doing it throughout the year to help smooth rifts among friendship groups and encourage children to give their peers a chance.
For encouraging their imagination
Finally, history lessons are a part of the school curriculum, and children love learning about history at home too, be it through documentaries, films or books that are set in historical times. Ask them to pretend they’ve visited the place they’re learning about, and then they’ll need to write a postcard or a letter to a friend or family member, explaining what they’ve been doing, what the place looked like, smelled like and sounded like. What food did they eat, and what surprising things did they see? This is a useful writing activity for promoting creativity and imagination, and will prompt children to use lots of descriptive words while really delving deeply into what it would be like to time travel.