It’s essential to pay attention to your child’s activities to ensure they are suited for their age and stage of development. In today’s world, the way kids consume information affects their social, emotional, and physical development in different ways. They may spend quite a bit of time on digital devices for learning and play. But some skills are learned best when spending time outdoors and being physically active. Kids grow and mature in unique ways, so there is a range of skills applied to specific age groups.
Early-elementary-age children between five and seven are busy learning how to use their bodies by mastering physical skills from printing with a pencil to catching a ball. Children need to be active and have opportunities to practice their skills.
Growing Young Minds
At five, kids have control over their language, speak clearly, and begin to read. They remember and repeat stories, riddles, and jokes, and enjoy creating their own. They understand basic math concepts, can concentrate for longer periods, and are interested in finding out how the world works. They ask many questions and look for hands-on experiences when learning.
Six-year-olds have a firmer sense of reality and fantasy, and their active imaginations inform how they see the world. They start to read on their own, count forward and backward, and have longer attention spans, but still need structured activities.
By age seven, most kids can discuss, write about, and act out what they read. Their thinking becomes more concrete and logical. They can separate things into categories, but aren’t ready for abstract ideas.
Social and Emotional Development
Children aged five to seven are very social and look beyond family members to extend trust and affection to teachers and other adults. At the same time, a sense of privacy and sensitivity to others’ feelings develops. Playacting helps them to imagine clearly what other people think and feel.
If young children have never seen it, heard it, felt it, tasted it, or smelled it, they don’t really think about it. They enjoy activities and materials that are real, tangible, and demonstrated to them. Since they are learning to sort things into categories, games that let them collect things are important and fun.
With increased self-confidence, these children begin to balance between asserting their individuality and questioning adult authority by testing the limits between right and wrong. Explaining “how” and “why” makes them less fearful of new things.
As young children begin to socialize in peer groups, they like to copy their friends. They may have several “best friends” at a time. Games that involve teamwork let them learn things together in school and other environments.
By age five, kids are physically capable of activities such as swimming, riding bikes, and tying shoelaces. At age 6, they continue to improve and refine their physical skills for strength, speed, balance, flexibility, and hand-eye coordination. The amount and quality of outdoor physical activity can have a significant impact on their development. Active kids will develop more quickly than those who aren’t and become proficient in activities like sports, dance, and gymnastics.
A Digital World
Children five to seven can use a keyboard and mouse and may start spending more time on tablets and gaming devices. Parents need to set limits for how long to use them. Let’s Go Outside Box creates activities for children in this age range, knowing they like to learn through hands-on activities and should spend an equal amount of time playing outdoors. They are naturally curious and make sense of the world through exploration with short activities that let them build on previous experiences. Our activity boxes let your kids run, move, play games, and create crafts.
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