A lot of kids all over are sadly missing out on in-person teaching right about now. But even without COVID, having learning materials projected onto a wall or screen at home provides you with the flexibility to create your own class in a friendly, fun, and familiar environment. There’s a lot of research that shows edutainment approaches work marvels for knowledge retention, so whatever the topic, going big is a nice touch that’s a lot more than a mere extra. It’s a game changer. If the weather’s good, go outside, as good portable projectors are durable and designed for outdoors use. Holding home classes in the backyard works especially well in the evening for extra mood and maybe some astronomy lessons.
As we said, make sure the projector has at least 500 lumens in projection power for good outdoors performance.
Cooking with Children
Place the portable projector in your kitchen and showcase recipe books on the wall in clear detail. Then involve the kids in the process of cooking or baking. They learn so much from that. Responsibility, measurements, a touch of chemistry and biology, and of course success or failure and the joy of getting it right. Cooking is a basic human activity that has brought us together throughout our history, except most previous generations didn’t have access to wonders like portable projectors, so make sure you make the most of the bounties we so readily enjoy.
DIY Art Class
Want to teach your kids about some of the most renowned paintings in history? No problem. Project the paintings onto a wall so every detail stands out with superb fidelity. Then start a fun activity where you and the children draw your own version of each painting based on your interpretation. This type of activity is beneficial on so many levels. It encourages creative thinking, critical observation, and any latent predilections towards drawing and painting your children may have yet to realize.
Similar to the art class above, but this time involving hands-on painting and drawing on a large canvas or surface. Use the portable projector to show a scene or a basic premise on any surface you’re OK with the kids drawing on. Then ask them to fill in details based either on their own determination or basic guidelines that you provide. You end up with a mural that you and the kids worked on together and what’s more rewarding than a job well done as a labor of love?
Bedtime Stories 2.0
You could continue telling stories from a book or tablet while you fall asleep before the kids do, or you could use a portable projector. Bring up stories in massive size right in the kids’ bedrooms so that you’re all engulfed in lovely visuals that make stories come to life. This isn’t something out of a Netflix Christmas movie, it’s something you can easily do at home. And kids can’t resist the joyful temptation of jumping in front of the projector to see their shadows affecting the image. That never fails to make everyone laugh, which is great on its own, but is also an excellent way to help kids learn more about physicality and the way light works.