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“When I grow up mummy, I want to be a superhero”
For those now working as key workers during the pandemic that may be a reality, but for the rest of us we’ve ended up doing things a little more realistic!
The jobs kids dream of doing when they’re older can change week to week depending on what they’re studying at school, watching on TV and reading in books.
To explore this further, Business.org partnered with child psychologist Dr. Sharon Saline to see which roles interest kids based on age and gender & then tracked these interests over time. We found this research immensely interesting so we’ve condensed it and are proud to share it with you.
Squish your hands in the dirt. How does it feel? Let’s add some water. What does it look like now? How does that flower smell? We grew a vegetable... let’s eat it and see how it tastes! Hear that crunch when we bite into it? As you can see, it’s easy to incorporate sensory play into a gardening activity!
Kids get great enjoyment from being outdoors. They’re curious, taking enjoyment from learning when it’s practical and creative. What’s more, they get the satisfaction of watching something evolve from a tiny seed into a beautiful plant… or even vegetables they can go on to eat.
Gardening is often overlooked in schools, however it can help to develop a number of life skills, as well as offering environmental education. There’s plenty of guides available online that show you how to plant a seed, however we prefer to do things a little differently! So whilst the kids are still in lockdown, here’s a few of our favourite gardening activities the little ones can turn their hands to.
Who doesn’t love a good bedtime story?
Finding the time to read a bedtime story to your child has huge benefits, both for the child and the person doing the reading. Not only does it encourage children to relax, but it can become an important bonding experience.
Child psychologists also point to the cognitive benefits for young people who are raised with bedtime stories, including higher-than-average literacy rates and an emotional connection to reading.
However, no two children are the same, which makes it difficult to truly list the best bedtime stories for kids. What makes the best bedtime stories for 3-year-olds won’t be relevant for older children. With that in mind, we’ve identified the best books for children split into different age groups.