Updated: Jul 8
As Summer break ends, parents may wonder if the school curriculum is enough for their child’s brain development. Kids, with their energy-addled minds, may feel restless and crave activities to fill up their evenings after school.
Here are 3 extracurricular activities that will improve your child’s cognitive function.
Science clubs encourage experiential learning which helps develop problem-solving skills. Engaging in science outside of a typical classroom setup makes children more likely to stay interested in the subject throughout their school life.
Physical activities are a great way for children to promote physical and mental health. Sports and recreational activities often require teamwork, which helps improve cognitive function through social, psychological and fine motor skill development. Children will also feel more confident about themselves as being able to contribute to a team sport of their choice. If your child isn’t a fan of team sports, there are loads of individual sports like tennis and swimming that are equally beneficial as they help develop fine and gross motor skills and help improve self-confidence.
Making space for a child’s creative development is important in how they process new information. Both structured and unstructured creative activities are necessary. Unstructured creative activities let children process traditional subject areas in their academic curriculum. Structured creative projects combine freedom and imaginative thinking with logic and reason. Art Classes and Clubs are great for engaging both sides of the brain to improve cognitive development.
Extracurricular activities have been proven to:
Improve academic performance
Teach essential life skills such as time management and public speaking
Extracurricular activities like these are perfect to start your child on a path to success!