Ask the Expert: Ideas to keep your kids engage this May holidays
As the May holidays have begun, are you looking for ways to keep the kids busy? ? We got you covered with an Ask the Expert Session, as we have Amutha Saravanan: Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder of Da Vinci Group and KlayKit®. She will be answering all your questions on ways to keep your kids engage during this May holidays! So start asking those burning questions you have for her ? Topic: Keeping your children engaged amidst this uncertain COVID-19 period Date: Thursday, 14 May 2020 Time: 8.30 to 9.30pm
What is the KlayKit ® and how is it going to help me during this stay-at-home period?
My kid gets bored easily. What are some ways to keep him engaged?
Hi there! Thanks for your question. So I would start by extending his attention span to begin with. So i will start with something he is very interested in and every time he comes back claiming he is bored, I will add another dimension to it. For e.g. if he really likes lego, ill give him an exercise to draw something out first that he can build. The key is to build on his attention span, so work for where he is at, say 15 mins, and then try to extend it by 5 mins every few days. You want to always break down a big task into smaller bite-size steps. Also of interest is how old is he? This may work for children from 4 years old onwards (still a bit of a stretch) but not younger than that. Hope this was helpful!
Hi Amutha! Great to see you here. My kid is 4. How do I keep her entertained by herself?
it would be great if we can know some quick clay items that kids can create and play with :)
Hi there! Thanks for your question. If you look at our KlayKit YouTube channel, there are many clay creation ideas as free content. The link is this: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6358-ifprfshfV_OSOUEGA You can also join the group KlayKit Digital Learning Enthusiasts in Facebook. We do regular Facebook Live sessions there for clay creations. I usually host this with my 6 year old boy. :) Common things can be keychains, paperweights, pinch pots, etc. Hope this helps! :)
What can be some of the activities that keep my kids engaged and also learn something while I work :)
Hi there! I have had many parents say that digital videos paired with a sensorial element can effectively keep children working for an hour or so. You can try out our digital lessons paired with our KlayKit product at www.klaykit.com. You however do have to be mindful of the age of your child. So how old is your child? The independently being engaged idea can be cultivated for children from 5 years old onwards. With something highly sensorial like the KlayKit, this can work from 4 years old onwards.
This is a good talk.
Thanks so much!
How do I help the kids build up some tolerance for boredom and coming up with things to do for themselves, without having things programmed for them all the time.
Hello there! This appears to be the question of the hour! Lol. How old are your children? Younger children like concrete things, so unfortunately we can expect them to independently come up with ideas, however we can help their ideation process. So think of it as a puzzle for them to put together. Create a game out of the activities. Give them only some information and let them know where to get the rest of the information from. Time the activity and give them rules during it like you can't ask me questions about this for this long and get them excited about completing it themselves. There are many factors here like their attention span, focus and so on, if these have to be extended, it can't be increased over night, so gradually build their resilience towards boredom and most importantly, as parents we shouldn't give into it. :) I have written an article on enhancing focus, you can read about it here: https://funnel.klaykit.com/new-opt-in
How to avoid screen/device dependence?
Hi there! This is a great question especially given how we have all suddenly needed to embrace screen time, digital lessons and so on. I think it is very important not to create an association between screen time and device dependence when satisfying primary needs. So for example watching something while eating. This is a good start and many parents, no fault of theirs do resort to this for various reasons, but when something so basic and fundamental such as eating is paired with a device watching, your brain cells are forming an associated connection with the device which is then very hard to unpair. This mechanism is also at play when a device is used to soothe a tantrum. As far as possible, try not to use a device to ease a heightened emotional state. Also when using devices, it is best to prepare the child with a time limit and also not give them the devices early in the morning or late in the evening as this would disrupt their rhythmic cycle. Hope this is useful. :)
How do I meaningfully interact with my child while having fun as well?
Hello there! This has a lot to do with the activity you choose to do together. Make sure that your suggestion of activity is fun for you as well and that it challenges you in some way like learning something new or physically challenging. These sorts of activities help you as an adult be engaged and when your child sees you liking this, they are motivated to enjoy it too. Creating an obstacle course in your house is one idea, having a drawing competition is another, or if visual arts is your thing, you can create something with clay as well - you can pick up something at www.klaykit.com. :)
My child gets distracted easily. What can i do to help her stay focus?
Hello! Firstly, how old is your child? Age has impact on length of attention and concentration. If you can alternate between 15 mins of activity time and 5 mins of rest time to begin with, you can build on attention span. Try working on building attention span over 3 weeks to see any improvements by a few mins. Slow and steady wins the race. :) I've written an article on this and you can download it for free here: https://funnel.klaykit.com/new-opt-in Hope this helps!
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