Creative Learning: Fun Drawing with Counting

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Creative play is a cornerstone of the learning process.

Children can play and enjoy their natural creativity while learning about things like colors, shapes, basic numbers and letters, differences between animals, fruits and vegetables and much more. This kind of spontaneous learning is no less fun because it’s educational.

For example, my son and I recently enjoyed the simple exercise of drawing with colored pastels while talking about his favorite fruits, then having him count them in his three native languages (as much as a three-and-a-half-year old could manage). This interactive game was fun and educational for both of us and it even inspired my son to have a fruit snack after.

Parent-child interaction is crucial for child development; but it also creates an important foundation for a lifetime of healthy interpersonal relationships.

Advice to parents: Dedicate as much time as you can–daily if possible–to fun activities with your child. Use your own creativity, but let your child’s imagination take the lead.

In his book No Regrets Parenting Dr. Harley Rotbart states that there is only 940 Saturdays from the day your child is born and the day he/she turns 18. As parents we need to make them count!

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Author:Katka Konecna-Rivera

Katka Konecna-Rivera, co-founder and host of Living Green with Baby, is an architect focused on sustainable design as well as a filmmaker, writer and personal wellness coach.

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