Yamini Pathak, Freelance Writer & Parent
Some learning activities that have worked well with my kids are:
1. Creating a container garden. This is something you can do even in a small space and it has been a source of many practical science lessons in my family. You can grow plants from seed, and uproot a few seedlings to show kids the different parts of the plant. We have grown cherry tomatoes and basil in pots and made a meal out of it. Taking care of a plant also teaches kids responsibility.
2. Taking nature walks. You can have kids look out for specific leaves, birds, flowers etc. depending on the season. Have them make a scrapbook and label their finds.
3. Cooking with kids. This teaches kids an important life-skill and also helps them learn fractions and measurement, for e.g. the quantity of ingredients or temperature used in a recipe. You can start small and be on hand to help with riskier tasks like cutting, or using the stove. We started with grilled sandwiches, and omelettes. My ten year old can now bake blueberry muffins independently though I stick around to help him put in and take them out of the oven.
Hope this helps!