Why Your Child Needs More than Just Daycare: The Value of Enrichment Activities

Daycare can be such a blessing for parents who need someone to watch their children for them while they are at work. But children need more than just care; they need opportunities to be creative, time to explore, and activities filled with wonder. These three needs can be met through enrichment activities.

KC Parent Magazine explains why enrichment programs are beneficial:

A major benefit of enrichment programs is that children will gain confidence as they learn new and challenging skills. According to “After School Programs in the 21st Century: Their Potential and What It Takes to Achieve It,” published by the Harvard Family Research Project, ‘Programs with a strong intentional focus on improving social and personal skills were found to improve students’ self-esteem and self-confidence.’ When they conquer new things, kids will feel a sense of accomplishment and feel better about themselves.

These enrichment programs may take place outside of the classroom, but their benefits will follow your children into their academics. According to the report by HFRP, many studies ‘repeatedly underscore the impact of supporting a range of positive learning outcomes, including academic achievement, by affording children and youth opportunities to learn and practice new skills through hands-on, experimental learning.’

Children also will improve their social skills by working with their peers and problem solving. In the age of too much screen time, getting children to interact with other children outside of school is extremely important.”

KC Parent Magazine, “Benefits of Enrichment Activities” by Regan Lyons

Opportunities to be creative

There are many subjects in school and careers in life that require creativity. Enrichment activities that foster a child’s creativity give them a foundation to be creative in education and their vocation further down the road. Some creative enrichment activities include:

  • Painting
  • Playing with musical instruments
  • Building with blocks, Legos, etc.
  • Making up stories with puppets
  • Playing make-believe or dress-up
  • Dancing to music

Quality daycares offer a variety of opportunities for your child to grow their creative skills.

Time to explore

Anyone who understands children at all knows that children need time outdoors, time to be active and get their energy and wiggles out, and time to freely explore the world around them. Some enrichment activities that foster the little explorer in your child include:

  • Playing on a playground
  • Making things with playdough
  • Digging in sensory bins

A quality daycare offers your child daily time to learn about the world around them.

Activities filled with wonder

Children are naturally curious and marvel at the simplest things. This is because they are still learning about how the world works. Some enrichment activities that can spark the natural wonder in your child include:

  • Going on nature scavenger hunts
  • Looking at small objects under a magnifying glass
  • Blowing bubbles
  • Putting together a puzzle
  • Listening to books being read aloud
  • Age-appropriate science experiments

A quality daycare provides your child with activities full of wonder and delight.

Enrichment activities you can do together

Enrichment activities can continue at home! Classover.com provides a great list of activities you can do at home with your little one:

  • Planning a family garden.
  • Making ice cream in a bag.
  • Making slime.
  • Trying some nail art techniques.
  • Making friendship bracelets.
  • Teaching your pet a new trick.
  • Making rock candy.
  • Listening to an audiobook or podcast.
  • Creating own bingo cards and have a bingo tournament.
  • Creating a family tree.
  • Letting your kids write and direct a stop-motion movie.
  • Learning and playing a new card game.
  • Playing with magnets on a cookie sheet.
  • Making a maze on the floor with painter’s tape.
  • Playing indoor volleyball or soccer with balloons.
List courtesy of classover.com, “Enrichment Activities For Kids”

Whether your child is participating in these activities at home, at daycare, or both, enrichment activities stimulate your child’s brain and help them learn and grow.

Enrichment activities are a critical part of your little one’s childhood and education. Schedule a tour to see what kind of enrichment activities we provide here at Smokerise Childcare!