Play LEGOs with them
“The child who plays and builds with blocks (or similar toys) is experimenting with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts like measurement, symmetry, balance, and scale, and soft skills such as creativity, resilience, teamwork, and self-expression. This feeds self-confidence because it gives kids the chance to practice succeeding at tasks before they encounter them in other contexts and situations in the world.” —Erin Zambataro, MS, Early Learning Lead Librarian, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
Set up checkers for two
“Be sure to play with your child. Children develop the benefits of play at a faster rate when they play with an adult. Adults can expand the play and offer challenges, and partner with them as they solve problems.” —Erin Zambataro
Play the “What if?” game
“Ask your child a ‘what if’ question. For instance, ‘What if we only build with the square blocks?’ or ‘What if we could breathe under water?’ Young children can think creatively and learn real world concepts while enjoying a fun, playful experience.” —Erin Zambataro. And this is an easy way to encourage your kid. Here are some other productive things to do while waiting in line!