Parents hear the statement "I'm bored" all too often, more so during lockdown when entertainment options are far more limited. We have a way to keep children pleasantly occupied that doesn't involve an excess of screen-time. That means you have to worry less about what kids are up to scrolling through often-questionable online videos.
We've packed YOU Make Your Own magazine with awesome experiments, crafts and recipes kids can do themselves. They'll have hours of fun as they make a working torch, yummy ice cream in a bag, stretchy glow-in-the-dark slime, and so much more.
So set some quality time aside for experiential play-and-learn projects with our handy guide that’s got moms and kids covered with fun ideas for days! There are 50 exciting DIY projects that simultaneously keep kids entertained and teach them so much – from maths to life skills.
5 benefits of experiential learning
- It’s easier to grasp abstract concepts when kids see them applied in real life, especially in situations where they play an active role. It makes theories more than just information. It makes them real.
- It nurtures creativity and creative thinking. Kids learn that there are different ways to overcome challenges as they must come up with solutions for getting the desired result.
- Mistakes become lessons as kids reflect on how experiments and recipes went wrong. They learn that certain approaches are better for particular tasks. Failure becomes a valuable part of the learning process instead of something to fear, and this makes them more confident.
- It engages more areas of the brain than rote learning. These projects encourage kids to analyse how their actions affect the issue and how their outcome may vary if they do something differently or use other materials.
- Kids will want to learn more! Not only is the exercise more fun, the sense of accomplishment when they get to marvel at a successfully completed project is also more gratifying. Who wouldn’t want a little more of that?
YOU Make Your Own is perfect for kids of all ages, with more supervision needed for the little ones.
From making a lava lamp to a herb aquarium, creating tie-dye clothing, moon sand and even glow in the dark slime! Get your copy in store or shop online at youstore.co.za
Send us pictures or videos of your experiments to firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to see all your DIY fun.