Keep Your Child Engaged After School with these Activities
Keep Your Child Engaged After School with these Activities
- November 30, 2018
- Posted by: dpsbangalore
- Category: Student Artwork
When your kids come home after school, they are often far from tired and still have lots of steam to let off. This provides a great opportunity for them to try something fun and creative. That’s where after-school activities come in — they can help your kids be more active and creative, and feel less stressed by their academics and daily routines. In fact, child behaviour experts say that children who spend at least an hour everyday on activities that engage them either physically, mentally or both, tend to do well academically and even have better interpersonal skills.
Another major reason to encourage children to be more active is to help keep them off their gadgets. After-school activities can help children develop far more skills while also keeping obesity at bay — both of which are growing concerns for parents worldwide. What this means is that after-school activities can help children stay fit and emotionally stable in a fun and engaging way. So, if you’re looking for some inspiration and don’t know where to start, here are some interesting activities to try in the city:
Is your kid something of a live wire, full of energy and vigour? If so, sports may be the perfect way to keep your child engaged after school. Apart from getting a good workout, children tend to learn teamwork and develop a healthy attitude towards competition, exercise, and discipline. Playing also helps in the development of fine and gross motor skills. You can encourage your child to choose from individual sports like tennis or swimming, team games like cricket or football, or even slightly adventurous sports such as mountaineering or roller skating. There are multiple sports coaching academies, clubs and centres, such as Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, Roots Football Academy, The Tennis Village, The Karnataka Mountaineering Association(R) and Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence — giving you and your youngsters multiple options to choose from.
Do you have a creative young mind at home? Don’t shy away from encouraging them to explore their talents. Nurturing their creativity will not just increase your child’s chances of becoming the next Picasso or MF Hussain but also help them develop mentally, emotionally and socially. An art activity is an excellent way to channel a child’s creativity. In fact, when expressing themselves through art, children develop their imaginations, learn about colour and composition and focus on finishing a given task — all valuable qualities to have, both in at and in life. If you live in a cosmopolitan environment like Bangalore, there is no shortage of options for your child if they want to pursue the arts. There are a variety of art-related activities, including pottery, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpting, fibre and even paper crafts. IF your child is uncertain and wants to simply understand the world of art, you can start by taking them to art galleries or art exhibitions, before selecting the perfect art and craft classes for them to enroll in.
Drama, Music, Dance and Performing Arts
If your child likes to add a touch of drama to everything he or she does, look at activities that can put their theatrics to good use. If your child likes to act, sing, dance, play an instrument or write poetry, look for performing arts classes to help them express their emotions better, develop positive traits and be more empathetic. These activities can also help them overcome things like stage fear and allow them to grow up as confident individuals. Take the opportunity to explore the many music, dance and performing arts academies in the city like Bangalore School of Speech and Drama, Butterfly Talent Academy, Jagriti Theatre, Nrityantar Academy of Performing Arts and National School Of Drama, among others. In fact, even just attending dance and music recitals, plays and other art performances will enhance your child’s interest in art and give them a glimpse of the culture and heritage of various art forms.
Does your child know more about your smartphone than you do? No surprises there. Children today have greater exposure to a variety of technologies and are probably more capable of understanding the nitty-gritty of devices than any generation prior. So, if your kid is interested in knowing how things work, you could look for classes or groups that focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities. These activities encourage children to use critical thinking, achieve technical and technological competency and also persuade them to ask the right questions. They also help children develop patience as they learn to seek explanations or solution to specific problems. If this sounds like something your child would love, here are ten organisations for STEM workshops in Bangalore that you can start with. Alternatively, you can plan some fun trips to Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum, Gerry Martin Farm, or any of the other places in Bangalore that kids will enjoy visiting.
Foreign Language clubs
Some children love to learn new languages. And many researchers believe that a child who learns a foreign language before hitting puberty is able to speak more fluently — almost as good as native speakers. In fact, brain scans have revealed that kids learning foreign languages have more gray matter in the regions of their brain that are involved in executive function. Moreover, children benefit from learning a foreign language in other ways — forming cross-cultural friendships, having the opportunity to explore exciting travel experiences and enjoying broader career opportunities. To get started, there are multiple foreign language institutions in Bangalore such as Indian Institute of Foreign Languages, Institute of Universal Languages and Education and Inlingua. Look for the one that best suits your child’s learning needs and help them become a polyglot!
An Occupied Child is a Happy Child
Whether you want to cure your child’s after-school boredom or encourage them to pursue their interests and hobbies, there are a wide range of activities that can keep them engaged in a healthy and entertaining way. And remember, your kid doesn’t stop learning just because he or she has finished school for the day. So why not make non-school hours fun and inspiring for them — you’ll end up having a super happy kid in your home!