Educate with magic: ideas to motivate children
Make the Magic a family activity can be an ideal method to stimulate the learning of our children in an innovative and fun way. The tricks and magic games They can have positive effects on their intellectual abilities, such as mathematical calculation, memory and attention, and also help them to be outgoing and self-confident children.
The magic can remove rabbits from hats and make someone disappear in a smoke explosion, but it can also help your children develop their social skills and perform better in the school environment. Xuxo Ruíz Rodríguez, nominated for the Global Teacher Prize 2018, assures him in his book Educating with Magic (Narcea, 2013). Both parents and children can practice magic. Educate children with magic It favors that they develop different skills depending on whether they are spectators or do the tricks themselves.
Intellectual skills that develops magic in children
Xuxo Ruiz Rodriguez states that "to educate with magic teachers can use magic tricks in the classroom to stimulate and motivate children in fields as diverse as creativity, mathematics, oral communication, self-esteem and psychomotor skills. this resource can not only be used by educators, but also by parents. "
Parents can learn some magic tricks and show them to children. This will be very useful to develop your intellect. Below, we offer you a list of the skills your children can improve by being spectators of this magical discipline.
Creativity and memory. Children always want to know how to do a magic trick after observing it. Motivating them to find the answer to this for themselves is a great way to stimulate the creativity and memory of our children. These are traits that may apply later in any of the professions to which they are dedicated.
Mathematical Thinking. Many magic games consist of mathematical enigmas. By using these tricks that present mathematics in a much more attractive way, you can make your child lose fear for this subject and develop a more positive attitude towards numbers.
Learning to think Faced with magic, children will ask many questions. This is related "to the essential need to understand their environment in order to interact with it". If instead of giving our children the solution to a magic trick, we guide them to find it on their own, we will be encouraging the development of a critical thought and spirit.
Develop attention At present, it seems that our children are distracted from any activity in a couple of minutes. Through the use of magic, children will be forced to carefully observe the movements and steps of a trick to find their explanation. Thus, unconsciously, they will be developing their attention capacity.
Written communication. A simple activity such as having your children write the instructions to perform a magic trick after you have shown and explained it is a way to practice handwriting and improve children's writing.
Make your son a magician
In addition to acting as mere observers, children can learn magic tricks, practice them and present them. And this, beyond being just a game, will encourage their learning and their social skills.
A magician is not a magician if he does not present his tricks before an audience. And this is precisely what will help stimulate our children's social skills, including oral expression and self-esteem. Since magic is liked by almost everyone, this will be a fun activity to share with friends and colleagues.
Learning magic tricks will make our children develop their safety when it comes to expressing oneself and interacting with other children. This translates into an increase in self-esteem and confidence. That's why it's good to motivate them to present their tricks to the class, the group of friends and the family. Practicing magic can make children more shy, open and extroverted people.
Magic is more useful than it seems and will help you make your children's education a more stimulating and fun process. Through the use of tricks you can exercise with the children at home skills such as creativity, mathematical thinking, attention and writing.
In addition, children can become magicians to improve their social skills and develop a high self-esteem that will almost seem like an act of magic.
Isabel López Vásquez
Advice: Xuxo Ruíz Rodríguez, nominated for the Global Teacher Prize 2018, and author of the book Educating with Magic (Narcea, 2013)