Expert Livechat: Ishani Ahuja, Child and Adolescent Psychologist, Family Therapist

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Date: 13th May 2020

Timing: 4:00pm - 4:30 pm

Topic: Turning play into educational opportunities: Bridging Gap this quarantine

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How can education be fun. What activities can we include

My daughter from the age of 1 has the habit of throwing things down when she us angry or upset or if things doesn't happen in her way. Its continuing till now, she is 28 months. I tried correcting her, ignoring the throw and many this but it's not helping at all how do I deal it?

which types of activities are good for 4 yr old & can be done with education ?

If a 2 years and 10 months old shows disinterest in writing ABCD or anything what should we do?
Earlier when she used to go to Aanganwadi (since we are living in hills and here there are no playschools) she used to write a bit but after lockdown the writing practice left behind totally. She is very verbal and everything but only writing is troubling us. And she has been very much into mobile phone also because of which I think she has lost the interest in doing anything practically though she dances and jumpes watching cartoons..

Pooja_Mayra(RPG, UK)
Just like adults, all kids are individuals and learn in their own unique ways. Some kids are visual learners, while others are auditory or kinesthetic learners. Because smells trigger memories and emotion, it’s possible that kids can make associations and learn through the sense of smell as well. Since learning works in conjunction with our senses, it makes sense that learning activities should appeal to a student’s individual learning style.
Effective multisensory writing activities;help children learn to write in a variety of ways that doesn’t involve merely picking up a pencil, even if that is the end goal. Instead, these activities will stimulate a child’s learning by teaching to multiple senses at once. Multisensory techniques stimulate learning and memory, and are great for all kids, including struggling readers, or those with learning difficulties and delays.;


Use Writing Trays;


Writing trays are an awesome way to stimulate the senses and encourage early handwriting skills and proper letter formation. Find a disposable, shallow baking tray and fill it with any textured material you have on hand.
You can use dry rice, cornstarch, sugar, sand, salt, or cornmeal. Feel free to use gel food coloring to add a little extra fun for your child! Print out letter formation cards or worksheets that your child will follow when making the letters in the tray. Instruct him or her to form each letter using a finger or the eraser end of a pencil. Use separate trays and fill them with different textures for specific letters for enhanced sensory learning!;
Ziploc Sensory Writing Bags
This fun multisensory writing activity combines sight and tactile learning, much like the idea above, but in an exciting new way! Fill a quart-sized freezer bag with colored hair gel, or add food coloring to clear hair gel in the bag. To jazz it up, add glitter to the bag to make it sparkle and shine!; Zip the bag up tight and lay flat across a table, evenly distributing the gel. Using a finger or a Q-tip, encourage your child to trace letters on the bag using the correct writing strokes for each letter.;
Add Smells and Textures to Paint or Glue
Get out the art supplies, things are about to get messy! This activity combines visual and tactile methods, while adding a little smell into the mix! Using construction paper, first have your child use paint and paintbrushes to form letters. While the paint is still wet, help your child sprinkle something smelly

Madhavi Cholera for a 4 year old you can use a variety of play materials I am attaching as follows that you can club with the needs of educational demands of a 4 yr old that would range from attention building, joint attention, active experimentation, manipulation , learning basic phonetics, alphabets, word formation etc.. most importantly engage your child a lot into sensory play that shall help him or her make schemas of the world through active engagaments with the materials in his or her environment. At this age, educational demands should be restricted to the above and just exploring the world around them through stories, words, pictures, sounds, hands on acitivities

Madhavi Cholera list of some of these activities and play materials is as follows:
Active Play
Push and Pull Toys
Small wagons



Small wheelbarrow



Push toys resembling adult tools- lawnmowers, vacuum, shopping cart



Doll carriages and strollers



From age 5;
full-size wagons, scooters



Ride-On Toys
Tricycles sized to child



3 and 4 wheel pedal toys



Vehicles with steering mechanisms



Prefer realistic, detailed vehicles



Full side rocking horse



From age 4:
Low-slung tricycles



Battery-operated ride ons



From age 5:
Small bicycle with training wheels and foot brakes, sized to child



Bicycle helmet



Outdoor and Gym Equipment
Adult supervision recommended for gym equipment



Stationary outdoor climbing equipment



Slides (with side rails) and ladders



Swings with curved, soft seats



Balance board



From age 4:
Equipment with movable parts: small seesaws, hanging rings



Swings with flat seats, plastic or rubber belts



Rope ladders and ropes



Gym sets with enclosures for pretend house or fort



Sports Equipment
Balls of all shapes, sizes (If child is still mouthing objects, any object that appears to fit easily in the child’s mouth, keep it away from the child



Double-blade ice skates



Sleds size-graded (no handbrakes or steering mechanisms)



From age 4:
Lightweight softball and bat



Junior-sized soccer ball, football



Speed-graded roller skates (plastic wheels, no ball bearings for reduced speed)



Kites



Wading pool



From age 5:
Jump ropes



Skis (sized to child)



Flying disks (especially lightweight ones)



Flat nosed magnetic or Velcro darts



Inner tubes, kick boards, mattresses for beginning swimmers (adult supervision needed)


Manipulative Play
Construction Toys
Solid wooden unit blocks, large and small



Large, hollow building blocks (cardboard, wood, plastic)



Most types of interlocking building systems, pieces of all sizes (plastic rather than metal pieces)



No motorized parts



Prefer sets that make realistic models



Can connect pieces in specific order to create simple models



Puzzles
Fit in or framed puzzles: age 3, up to 20 pieces; age 4, 20 to 30 pieces; age 5; up to 50 pieces



Large, simple jigsaw puzzles (10 to 25 pieces).



Number or letter puzzles; puzzle clocks



Cardboard puzzles



Pattern-Making Toys
Bead stringing - longer, thinner string with stiff tip), large beads - (If child is still mouthing objects, any object that appears to fit easily in the child’s mouth should be kept away from the child)



Peg board with small pegs

ishani ahuja Thank you so much dear:)

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