“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for Children, Play is a serious learning” – Fred Rogers.
Have you heard about the Edgar Dale’s Cone of learning? If you are an inquisitive person like me, make sure to google the same after reading this blog. In a nut shell, Edgar Dale emphasised that simulating the real experience or doing a dramatic presentation is the best way of learning and human beings tend to remember 90% of what they do rather than just read or hear. The same applies to our kids. As a parent, you must have noticed that kids tend to remember the things they learn through play and activities more than the information you just impart them with.
Edgar Dale’s Cone of Learning also brings in notice the relation between learning capability and the number of senses involved in the learning process. More the senses involved in learning, more and better the learning will be. Keeping this in mind, I recently devised a DIY activity for my son in order to make him learn secondary colours. So rather than just READING and HEARING that Red and Yellow colours when mixed together make Orange colour, he could actually DO, SEE and FEEL the process of mixing colours in a unique way leading to his best sensory experience till date and of course accompanied with basic learning.
Here’s how we did our Rice and Ice Activity:
You will need:
- 1 cup Rice
- Red and Yellow Food Colours
- Ice trays
- Wide Container or Thali
Use the food colours to make Red and Yellow Water.
Freeze the coloured waters in Ice trays to get Red and Yellow Ice cubes.
Take a wide container or Thali and put rice and the coloured ice cubes in it.
Now let your child do the rest. Let him/her explore his senses and colour the rice by mixing the rice and the ice cubes.
Meanwhile keep talking to your child how red and yellow colours when mixed together are colouring the rice in Orange colour.
Your child will not only learn about how primary colours mix together to make Secondary colours but will also have a perfect sensory experience. In short all the senses will be stimulated and he/she will always remember this unique concept of secondary colours.
This blogpost is a part of DIY Blog Train hosted by Katerina , Anisha , Cheni Adukia and Danisha . Here we moms have united to share different DIYs that you can easily carry out to keep your little ones engaged. So hop on this train and save lots of fun ideas. I would like to thank Juhi Srivastava for introducing me to this blog train and you can read her DIY activities to play with colours HERE . Further I would like to invite Judy Morris who is an avid traveller, foodie and proudly describes herself as ‘Jack of all trades’. Writing has been her passion. Her articles have been published in city supplements of The Times of India and more. Stay tuned for her DIY blog post at her travel and lifestyle website HERE