EDUCATIONAL DAYS OUT FOR KIDS
We all want our children to have a well-rounded education that will get them ready to go out into the world on their own. It’s not unusual for people to worry that school isn’t necessarily giving them that. There is a lot that they can learn at school, but some things aren’t taught in a classroom. That’s why it’s important to make sure that they are learning things all the time, even when they are out of school. One great way to do this is to use family days out as a learning experience. It will be a fun day for them while expanding their horizons as well. Here are a few great ideas for educational days out.
History is one of the hardest things to get kids interested in. Sitting in the classroom being told about a load of people that lived hundreds of years ago isn’t that engaging for children, but history walks offer a better way. Things like the Jack The Ripper walks make the history much more interactive and make use of the interesting stories, which is a much more effective way of getting children to take an interest in history. There are plenty of other history walks available, all teaching them about different topics.
The best way to get children excited about science is to show it in action. Trying to explain the more nuanced scientific concepts to children is likely to send them to sleep in seconds, but watching something blow up will peak their interest. Taking them to a science museum will give them the opportunity to get hands-on and see the physical effects of the science that they are learning about at school.
There are plenty of great science museums all over the country so you should be able to get to one fairly easily. The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester is great because it teaches kids about the impact that science has on industry and other aspects of our everyday lives.
The MAD Museum in Stratford-Upon-Avon is another brilliant one. It stands for Mechanical Art and Design and the whole place is packed full of crazy contraptions, robots, and experiments to play with. It’s a sure winner with young and old kids alike.
A recent survey of children came up with worrying results about where they think their food comes from. Almost a third of them thought that cheese came from a plant and a quarter of them didn’t know what fish fingers were made out of. This is quite worrying as children are completely detached from food production. In the future, it may be important for them to understand this. One way to tackle this is to take them to a local farm. There are plenty that are open to visitors and they usually have a petting zoo area which is fun for the children. While you’re there, you can explain to them how their food is produced and packaged before being sent to the supermarket, otherwise, they might end up thinking that chicken breasts grow on trees.