This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Primrose Schools; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I’m excited to share some of the benefits of executive function skills and learning through play along with some easy activities to go along with them!
Learning Through Play Benefits
As a teacher, I saw the benefits of learning through play every day at work. As a mom, I want to help my own kids develop the skills they need to be successful adults.
That’s really the responsibility sitting on our shoulders, right?
I have to admit that there are days where I wonder if I’m doing anything right with my kids.
But I do my best to keep faith in myself and just do my best every day. I know they’re learning through their daily interactions with the family.
We’ve hit a lot of the early milestones that parents watch for as their kids grow. Both kids have rolled over, sat on their own, taken their first steps, and said their first words.
Now it’s more about watching for them to develop skills that they need to be successful adults. These skills are called executive function skills.
- Problem solving
- Critical thinking
These may sound like some really big skills to help our kids develop, but there are some really easy ways to help them learn while having a good time. The skills learned through play can help them far beyond their early education years!
Learning Self-Control Through Game Time
The struggle with self-control is something I’m familiar with as a parent. Carrigan is in preschool now and it’s definitely something we’re working on at home.
There are days when she struggles with her emotions and the desires she has that affect her behavior. Communication is getting better as she gets older but we have our days.
Weston has developed a huge love for board games. Since she wants to do everything he brother does, Carrigan wants to play games anytime Weston does.
Board games are a great way to help your kids work on their self-control. They have to make decisions like deciding who will go first, then follow the directions and take turns!
Learning Problem Solving with Blocks
Problem-solving is a skill that we all need to have to really be successful in life.
For kids, doing puzzles and playing games can help them develop the skill.
We love to play with blocks and it’s a great way to play together. The kids build together sometimes, trying to build the tallest tower or planning how to build a house.
Learning Teamwork in the Kitchen
At home, at school, and later at work, teamwork is definitely a skill that is important for all of us. Both of my kids play baseball so they’re learning about teamwork in a sports setting at practice and during games.
At home, Carrigan loves to help me bake. It’s often as simple as a box of brownie mix. She’s learned how we can work together to make one of her favorite treats.
It’s such an easy way to practice teamwork and she doesn’t even know that she’s learning! She knows that she’s having fun and making one of her favorite desserts!
Primrose Prize Pack Giveaway
Primrose Schools is also hosting a giveaway that is great for our children! Story time is a great chance for kids to develop their executive function skills.
Ten lucky winners will receive a Primrose Prize Pack consisting of a $250 Barnes & Noble gift card and 5 children’s books. It’s the perfect prize for an amazing story time!
It’s easy to enter!
All you have to do is subscribe to the Pointers for Parents newsletter for your chance to win. Good luck!