Why Riddles are so Great for Childhood Development

 

Fun Lessons

Riddles are great for all ages! They teach us so many life lessons, words, wordplay, problem-solving and comprehension. Riddles are fun and easy to remember, often children share the riddles they hear, helping them become more social.

Improve Vocabulary

Riddles are usually told in a creative way with more advanced words. When kids want to share riddles, that’s after they understand the whole context. Riddles also encourage kids to ask about words they can’t understand yet.

Funny Word Play

You know how most kids are when it comes to funny things. Children tend to love slapstick comedy and childish jokes. To improve a child’s taste in humor, you can give creative riddles to them. Riddles can entertain a child and get his brain working at the same time.

Comprehension

Many kids can read at such a young age but can’t fully understand context. In order for a child to share riddles with other people, he must fully understand the riddle first. With great understanding comes great comprehension.

Problem Solving

Practicing riddles help children to think outside of the box. This becomes so useful when it comes to academic testing. Through riddles, children are able to practice creativity, logic, and comprehension. Taking these skills

Most tests in schools rely on creativity, logic, and comprehension. Riddles can improve a kid in all those areas. They can improve the critical thinking and problem-solving skills of a child.

Family Bonding Time

Working together to solve something is the best way to form a bond and relationship with each other. Taking the time to play with your child solving riddles and playing games helps children learn valuable knowledge and build self-esteem.

Building self-esteem is so important for children, having the ability to be confident in your choices and answers will help to benefit them throughout their life.

 

For more fun riddles, songs and apps head over to w5go.com 

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How can I support a child dealing with bullying?

Why do people Bully?

There are a million reasons why people choose to bully. Usually, the bully is trying to fill a void where they need to feel superior in some sort of way. They often pick a victim they think is emotionally or physically weaker than them, or is different from the social norm and an easy target. Often children that bully are reflecting the way have been treated at home or school. 

We all have a role to play!

O6EWSI0.jpgBullying prevention starts at home, but teachers, principles, and organizations have a role to play too. If you notice your child acting out towards others or teachers are calling you about your child’s behavior, there are steps you can take to prevent your child from being a bully.

Make sure your child understands that what they do and say can impact others in a negatively and that their recent behavior is a problem.

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Let your child know that bullying is very serious and will not be tolerated. When talking to your child about bullying use a calm tone and be an example of respectful behavior. 

Talk to your child and see how their feeling. Try to find out why they may have been bullying in the first place. Were they trying to fit in at school? Are they picking up on emotions from home? Are they experiencing divorce? Do their siblings pick on them? 

 

There are 7 skills bullies need in order to change

 1. Responsibility-Being able to take responsibility for their actions.

2. Empathy-Understand how the other person may feel in that situation

3. Anger Management-Reduce episode of lashing out in a negative way

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4. Impulse Control -Stop and think about what they are about to do or say

5. Self-esteem – Finding happiness within themselves

6. Inclusive -Being able to realize popularity isn’t everything

7. Respect –Realize everyone deserves to be respected

This article from very well family goes more in-depth about these skills and how to achieve them.


 

How can I support a child dealing with bullying?

Both the bully and victim need support after an episode of bullying.

Victim

Have an open conversation about what happened. Ask them how you can help to make them feel safe.Sad pupil sitting alone on ground at corridor Remind them that it is not their fault and that people often bully because they are unhappy with themselves.

Get them involved in activities to boost their self-esteem. Sports, music or crafting activities will help them find a place they feel comfortable making friends and improving self-worth. Let them know they have people they can talk to, and they are not going through this alone.

Never! Tell the child to ignore the bullying. Blame the child for being bullied. Encourage fighting back. Always tell your child to seek a teacher or friend while being physically bullied. Fighting back could hurt the child and result in punishment for them. Contact the other parents involved, this is the teacher’s job and could create future problems.

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Talk it out! Where this is aggression coming from? Get them involved in activities to boost their self-esteem and socialize. People that are happy do not hurt others. Involve them in repairing the situation, have them write an apology. They will think more about their actions if they have to write it down.

If they broke or stole something, have them physically help fix what they broke or return what they took

Never! Blame the child or call them names. The child is clearly struggling with their own inner issues and that will only bring more negativity to the situation

 

 

 

4 Ways to Make Eating Fun for Children

Children can often be picky eaters and when it comes to dinner time things can sometimes get messy. You want the best for your child obviously, and ensuring they get all their vitamins and nutrients, but sometimes those good vitamins come from fruits and veggies your children just don’t like.

How can we make food fun and exciting for children?

Colour! Colour! Colour! 

Children love colours! Naturally colourful foods are naturally more appealing for children and often provide more vitamin and nutrients than boring dull coloured foods.

EataRainbowHave you heard of Eating a Rainbow?  Fruits and veggies come in a variety of colours, each colour has its own unique vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and natural plant chemicals that give them their distinct colours.

You can judge the number of nutrients on your plate just by looking at the colours. Making food that is very colourfull not only makes it more appealing for children but also more nutritional. Create a rainbow of colour on your plate!


Make it Interesting! 

What is your child currently interested in?  Math, Art, Geography, or maybe a movie like frozen? Try creating meals according to themes.
In my household, we like to explore cultures and will have greek night, Mexican night and so on.

This not will not only make your child interested in the food their eating but can act like a little lesson learning about foods and cultures. Introduce them to food items you might not normally find in your homes such as naan bread or maple syrup (depending on where you live of course).

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The presentation is key! If your child doesn’t think it looks appealing it will be a struggle to get them to even try it. This is where you can get creative!
Ideas: 
Fun Shaped Food
Fruit Kebabs
Happy Burgers or Pancakes!

Make a happy face out of your ingredients

Dip it! Children love to dip their food. Use healthy dip options for vegetables like yogurt.

Get them involved! 

There are so many benefits by getting your child involved in the kitchen, not only does this provide precious family bonding time but it also allows children to learn new skills.

From farm to table get your children involved meal preparations and they will have a lifetime love and appreciation for their food.

Start at the store, take them to the grocery store or market and show them where we gather our foods from. Give them the option to pick you a couple fruits, veggies or full meal they would like for dinner. We all feel more connected to something we have contributed to. Help them make good choices at the store explain to them the difference between good nutritious food and junk food.

Take them on a field trip! Taking them to the farm to see where their food comes from, meet the farmers who grow it will not only help them develop an appreciation for the hard work that goes into producing food but also gets them excited about food!

 

W5Go Healthy Kids Seasons! 

This app features three episodes; Food Groups, 5 Senses, and Personal Hygiene.

This app is the perfect combination of education and entertainment, it includes child safe Augmented and Virtual reality simulations bringing a fun new element to learning!

Explore how we take care of our bodies to keep us happy and healthy!

Healthy Kids is a collection of apps exploring how our bodies work and the many ways we need to take care of our bodies. Designed for children in preschool and kindergarten, these fun learning games get children excited to learn how they take care of their bodies.

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Personal Hygiene App for Kids

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Part of the W5Go Health Bodies seasons Personal Hygiene is an episode focused on explaining a healthy personal hygiene routine. 

This episode covers the basics of personal hygiene; bathing, hand-washing, toilet hygiene, and laundry. Often being able to do your own hygiene routine is the first bit of independence for a child. Showing by example and explaining the importance of a good personal hygiene routine can help a child develop a good personal hygiene routine of their own.

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Key Features:

  • Spot the difference: Attention to detail 
  • 20+ Fun hygiene facts
  • Sequencing Games: Toothbrush, Toilet, Hand-washing and laundry

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25 Fun Christmas Facts

1. Have you received a fun creative Christmas card? These lovely letters of good wishes
originated in England and were first sent in the 1840s.

Christmas_0001_Layer-32. It takes around 15 years for a Christmas Tree to grow to 6-8 Feet. There are about 30-35 million Christmas trees planted every year.

3. The tallest Decorated Christmas Tree ever displayed was in Seattle in 1950. It was 221 feet tall!

4. Christmas Trees are also called Yule Tress.

5. Traditional colours for Christmas are red, green and gold. They represent eternal life, the blood of Jesus and royalty. 

6. The carol “Jingle Bells” was originally written for Thanksgiving as a way to commemorate the famed Medford sleigh races.

7. On December 16, 1965, Jingle Bells was the first song to be broadcast from space.

Christmas_0000_Layer-28. Have you sent a letter to Santa Claus? In the United States, all letters addressed to Santa go to Santa Claus, Indiana. 

9. In Japan is it tradition to eat KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) for Christmas. Orders must be placed two months in advance.

Christmas_0007_16610. Why do we say “X-mas”? We use the abbreviation X-mas because of an ancient tradition. X is a Greek letter “chi” which is a short form for the word “Christ” in Greek.

11.  1 In 3 men waits until Christmas Eve to do their Christmas shopping.

12. The two days before Christmas are the busiest shopping days of the year. Even busier than Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

13.  In 1980, the must-have toy for Christmas was a 2$ Rubik’s cube. Quite the difference compared to the top sellers in 2017; Hatchimals, fingerlings, fidget spinners and Nintendo switches.

14. One of the most iconic Christmas characters in Central Europe is a character named Krampus. A Demon that wanders the streets with chains and bells looking for naughty children.

15. In the early 1900’s, when Christmas lights were the newest trend. Many people would rent rather than purchase the lights because they were so expensive. A lit tree in the early 1900’s was very much a status symbol.

16. Americans purchase and send 1.6 Billion Christmas cards every holiday season.

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17. Candy canes were originally created in Germany and were moulded into a J shape for Jesus. The red stripe wrapped around the cane symbolizes the blood of Christ.

18. Since Dennys Restaurants in the United States were originally designed to be open 24/7, their buildings were built without locks. This was an issue because in 1988 they decided to close the stores for Christmas Day for the first time!

19.  Coca-Cola was the first company to use the image of Santa Claus for promotion during the holiday season in 1950.

Christmas_0006_Layer-120. The statue of Liberty was a Christmas present from the French to the United States, in 1886. It is considered to be the largest Christmas present in the world, weighing 225 tons. 

21. Christmas dinners in Italy can last for more than 4 hours. Most Italian families have more than 7 courses for Christmas dinner.

22. Scientists calculated that Santa and his Reindeer would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world’s presents on Christmas Eve, travelling at 650 miles a second.

23. The tradition of putting tangerines in stockings comes from 12th-century French nuns who left socks full of fruit, nuts and tangerines at the houses of the poor.

24. The first Christmas crackers – a traditional festive favourite – were made around 1845-1850 by a London sweet maker called Tom Smith.

25. The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (he was the first Christian Roman Emperor). A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on the 25th of December.

 

Looking for fun educational games for your children to play this holiday season? Check out 14_Apps_Banner2

Forest Adventures! Mobile App

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Raining outside? Enjoy the wonders of the forest from the warm comforts of home.     In this fun-filled adventure, your child will explore the virtual forests of  W5Go! They will discover what creates a forest, who lives in a forest, the sounds of a forest and the basics of photosynthesis.

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After playing through the Forest Episode your child will be able to identify the four seasons, various trees and plants and where trees and plants get their food.  Enjoy a virtual reality interactive game of iSPY, look for the different animals in the forest and watch as they scurry away when you find them!

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In a virtual reality simulation, you will stumble upon footprints left behind by various creatures of the forest. Interact with these footprints to get a closer look and watch as the animal who left them comes to life through animation.

Using augmented reality a globe will appear and visually show the four seasons around the world. Explaining the basics of northern and southern hemispheres and how when it is winter in one hemisphere is it summer in the other.

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Learn English while venturing through the forest, several words will appear on the screen, and are featured in the voice-over. This will improve spelling, pronunciation,  vocabulary, listening skills, and overall communication.

KEY FEATURES: 
VR iSpy game
VR footprints to animals
Discover species
Basics of Photosynthesis
Learn English
Ad-free, no in-app purchases
Real life-based visuals