Why is it, being a child is always so much fun? Did you ever hear anyone say – “it is important to find your inner child and to live a happy, relaxed and healthy life”?
What is fun? And how can it help children as well as adults to learn and enjoy life more?
“Children learn faster when they have fun!”
Research shows that children learn quicker than adults. Children also learn much more when they play and have fun. When children play and engage actively in something they truly love, they automatically observe more.
When learning occurs alongside a pleasant experience, we remember what we have learnt for far longer than we would anything learnt at school. The best learning experience is the one resulting in a child coming home with the following statement: “Today we did not learn anything, we just had lots of fun!”
“There is an inner child in each of us!”
Children are less afraid to take risks and therefore learn much quicker than adults. This is due to the fact that they do not think about responsibilities, potential errors and other worries, which adults keep safely guarded within themselves. Coming back to our topic of “inner child”, this metaphor refers to our consciousness – which is naturally innocent, playful, uncomplicated and has a simple, as well as, straightforward approach to life. This is exactly how children function!
“Learning from children can completely change the way we think!”
It is therefore clear, that fun plays an important role in learning not only for children but also for adults. When we engage in fun activities we relax, forget about the obligations, responsibilities, fear and just enjoy the moment. This is when we connect with our joyful self, fill our body with fresh energy and truly enjoy life. Being active in playful and varied activities positively influences our creativity, inspires us with new ideas, encourages us to learn new things and encounter different experiences, all whilst helping us let go of the boundaries we have built up as serious and responsible adults.
How to connect with our inner child?
1. Be a child again
The best and easiest way to relax, play and go crazy is when we have our own children to connect with. Connecting with them and getting into their way of thinking and acting helps us to let go of our limits and boundaries and to experiment with the unknown. Just think of what you loved most when you were a child and try doing it again! Allow yourself to play with mud, blow bubbles, skip and much more…
2. Do something fun everyday
With or without children, try to do something fun every day. Dance in the rain, sing in the shower, hug a stranger, build a snowman, mix weird ingredients together whilst making lunch, or walk barefoot in the mud.
Then most importantly, make sure you return to your adult state gently and remember that you always have an option to return to this joyful state and play! Doing fun things daily will give you energy and motivate you to become more relaxed, creative, free, spontaneous and an overall fun adult!
3. Be carefree
For at least one moment each day stop worrying and thinking about small insignificant things. Just breathe deeply and behave entirely free. Being in this mode will bring more clarity and effectiveness into your home and work life and will make your soul feel at ease.
4. Focus your attention on sensing instead of thinking
Connect deep with your emotions, without giving them a label or judging them. Just observe the feelings and enjoy them. You could take a piece of chocolate and let it melt in your mouth slowly – relishing the feelings and emotions you experience. Really enjoy the moment without thinking about your weight, socially acceptable norms and other typical thoughts that come to mind when you desire chocolate. Take your time and truly enjoy the here and now.
How to create fun learning time for your children?
Not only children, but also adults, learn a lot when playing and having fun together! Such fun times work best when we create games and activities about things that interest our children (or us) the most. In this way, we do not see the tasks as homework or tiresome but as a fun experience and something to repeat.
Examples of learning through fun:
- Write a letter to your favourite cartoon character;
- Divide fruit for the desert, so that everyone gets an equal amount;
- Point out shapes in your local environment such as road signs, toy boxes etc.
Of course, there is always a need for a balance between structure and play. We cannot stay kids forever as we need to act as adults. It is therefore important to be aware of the fact that you will need to return to the real world after your fun and games are over. This balance allows adults and children to develop a healthy desire to learn, be responsible, and sets up a good foundation for life skills, as well as the ability to relax, play and have fun.
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