Learning Design Challenge #7: Giving Instructions to Your Kids

Learning Design Challenge #7: Giving Instructions to Your Kids


There is a certain joy that parents, grandparents, favorite relatives, teachers, youth pastors, and babysitters get to experience: explaining to or showing a child how to perform some life skill for the first time.

Tying shoes, driving a car, getting on an airplane, grilling good in the backyard. These are the types of things that our children often learn through interaction with a sympathetic adult, often a parent.

These “first” experiences are particularly fun because the empathetic parent (grandparent, teacher etc.) is often prompted to recall the first time s/he learned to do the same thing. It’s also great because, over the span of our lives, this learning environment may be reversed and the “child” becomes the instructor for the “parent.”

Our challenge is, “What’s an ideal way to help a child learn something for the very first time?”

Here are some questions you might want to think about.

  1. What is your desired experience? (for those with experience, this one seems particularly important for the challenge)
  2. What’s the best mode of communication?
  3. How important is your previous experience in the process?
  4. What are some possible constraints for this design?


Time to Design: <10 min.
Context: Face-to-face
Number of Building Blocks Allowed: 5
Hashtag: #DailyLEM07
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