How Can We Make Learning Fun For Children?

How can we make learning fun for children?

Pravinee Hurbungs once said, “Making a person smile can change the world; maybe not the whole world, but his world.” One thing seems clear: making learning fun may not change the whole of society, but it can make a huge difference for children.

There are many scientific studies that have shown the value of laughter and fun at all levels. Whether on a psychological or physical level, having fun and making things fun is great to learn. In addition, it is a natural stress reliever as it activates the release of dopamine and serotonin and promotes good health. So if having fun is helpful for fighting stress or depression, why not use it to educate our kids and reduce their anxiety levels?

Science shows that making learning fun helps children learn better

A new scientific study by psychologists at Paris West University Nanterre La Défense joins all the previous research that has already attested to the great value of laughter.

According to this group of psychologists, laughter is a great medicine for the body. But not only that, it’s also great for helping kids learn. In fact, according to the results of this study, children learn better when they laugh and while they laugh.

Making learning fun for kids

How did they research the effect of laughter? First, they examined what effect a sense of humor would have on children’s learning ability. To investigate this, they created a group of 53 children about 18 months old. The children had to learn how to use an object to get to toys they would not otherwise have access to. They were supposed to do this using the example of an adult.

The children, divided into two groups, showed different results after watching slightly different videos. On the one hand you had a group in which the adult acted sympathetically, but at the same time crazy and absurd, and in short, made the little ones laugh. As a result, this group of children more closely mimicked the way the adult reached the toys. In this group, 94% of the children managed to reach the toy. On the other hand, however, you had the group in which the adult did nothing special. Surprisingly, in this group only 25% of the children were able to reach the toys.

Making learning fun changes a child’s brain

No clear explanation has been given for the effects achieved during this study. One idea, however, is that laughter can alter brain chemistry. Generating fun and positive emotions increases the level of dopamine.

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter involved in cognitive processes in the brain. According to research, it is sensitive to changes in the prefrontal cortex of children. Thus, it affects the neurons of the prefrontal cortex at the cellular level. In addition, it promotes the excitation of the deepest layers, stimulates the learning capacity and facilitates a good regulation of cognitive processes.

In addition, we should not forget that low levels of dopamine, according to many studies, affect memory. A lack of dopamine is clearly negative in many ways.

Fun as a point of attention

Obviously it’s great for kids to make learning fun. In fact, at Sam Houston State University, in a study conducted by a multidisciplinary team, researchers showed that students remember more when the teacher joked while discussing a topic.

It seems pretty obvious that making learning fun is a foolproof technique for teaching kids. In this sense, creating a relaxed and intimate environment, without fear and stress, promotes children’s attention skills.

Father playing with his son because making learning fun for kids is important

There is no doubt that learning and paying attention is much easier when we can have fun at the same time. In fact, this seems to apply perfectly to both children and adults.

So don’t think twice about getting started with it. As adults, teachers, instructors, educators or just social beings we need to know that if we make it fun it will be much easier for others, children and adults to learn things from us. Let’s do it together! 

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