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23 April

Effective Communication Skills for Kids at Newtonshow

We bet each mom and dad remembers their child's first look, first smile, and first sound. These are all interaction processes that help your little ones express their emotions, discover this world, and even achieve the desired. As parents, we all want our kids to be healthy, happy, and develop properly – and your child's strong communication skills will contribute to reaching this. That's what we are going to discuss in today's Newtonshow blog article, so come and join us!


Many of you have probably heard the term 'soft skills', but not all understand its meaning. Well, when talking about your kids' skills, it is much more than just what they know and are able to do (what we call professional knowledge and skills in the world of adults). No less critical are soft skills, which are universal interpersonal skills that help little boys and girls (and adults) interact in teams in any sphere of their life – whether it's their family, preschool, holiday camp, playground, etc. Soft skills help better adapt to changes, meet challenges, and get results. It is easy to guess that soft skills development is a constant process that plays a crucial role no matter how old you are. 


According to numerous studies and surveys, we can highlight Top-7 soft skills:

  1. Communication skills

  2. Emotional intelligence

  3. Adaptability

  4. Problem-solving skills

  5. Leadership skills

  6. Teamwork and collaboration

  7. Time management and organization


Of course, this Top may vary. However, what we can be sure of is that communication skills are always at the forefront. And today, we are going to talk about this type of soft skills and attention paid to its development in Newtonshow holiday camps. Yes, this topic is very important and broad, and you probably already have numerous questions. Why is kids' communication so important? How can we teach them to communicate effectively? How can we improve our child's communication skills? We will definitely sort it all out today. Are you ready?

What are kids' effective communication skills?

communication skills

Communication is an information exchange process. It includes both verbal and nonverbal cues. 

Verbal communication means the transmission of information to other individuals using sounds and words (including both spoken and written communication). Examples include having a phone call, ordering food, discussing your day in the family circle, etc. 


Effective verbal communication skills are:

  • Thinking before speaking

  • Projecting your voice

  • Mastering the voice's volume and tonality

  • Active listening

  • Being clear and concise

  • Speaking with confidence

  • Relating to your audience

  • And others 

Non-verbal communication means the transmission of messages and signals using body language, gestures, facial expressions, etc. – that is, without using words. Your face can show sadness, surprise, fear, and other emotions. You can wave, beckon, and use your hands actively when telling something. You can look at others with respect, love, and interest. These are all cases of nonverbal communication cues. 

Effective non-verbal communication skills are:

  • Eye contact maintaining

  • Smiling

  • Displaying appropriate facial expressions

  • Showing empathy

  • Maintaining an open body position

  • And others

It is important to be aware of cultural differences and respect them, and Newtonshow pays great attention to developing this for kids. Newtonshow camps have already welcomed boys and girls from more than 50 countries, and it's vital to explain to young campers that everyone is unique and deserves a respectful, tolerant attitude, which can be achieved through the development of proper communication skills. For example, the same gestures can be perceived differently in different cultures. In Western cultures, pointing at someone or something with the index finger is common. However, in many Asian cultures, this may be considered impolite. And there are lots of other cases like this.  

We can distinguish several stages of kids' communication skills development.


Early Childhood (0-3 years)

At this stage, kids acquire basic communication skills. They learn to distinguish sounds, react to adult speech and its tone, and interact with sounds, mimics, and gestures. All this develops through daily routine, games, reading, etc.

Preschool Age (3-6 years)

It is the stage of active development of the child's speech. Kids learn to make and perceive complex sentences, ask questions, describe their day, etc. It is essential to listen attentively and encourage their desire to speak. The importance of communicating with peers increases significantly.


Primary School Age (7-10 years old)

At this stage, children deepen their skills in various types of interpersonal communication - both written and oral. The ability to express personal opinions, reason thoughts, and listen to 'another point of view' becomes particularly important. Discussions, role-playing games, and various creative activities help to develop these skills.  

Adolescence (11-17 years old)

It is the stage of personality formation and the establishment of various relationships. Interpersonal communication plays a key role in relations with peers, teachers, and family. It is crucial to discuss kids' feelings and emotions and explain to them the importance and advantages of constructive criticism.

Each stage of communication skills development is significant and requires a special approach. The Newtonshow holiday camps team provides activities for young campers of different ages who learn to work in a team, present themselves, and interact with team members to find solutions - and not just with the help of words. Newtonshow is often attended by little ones who are not so good at expressing their thoughts or just don't speak English, so the process of developing interpersonal communication skills becomes even more exciting and efficient. 

Why is developing effective communication necessary for kids?


Communication is undoubtedly among the fundamental abilities of humankind, so one can hardly overestimate the importance of communication skills. It is vital for boys and girls to acquire and develop good communication skills from a very early age. Our kids' confidence, relationships with others, and even their attitude toward learning and discovering our world are heavily influenced by their ability to effectively use their interpersonal communication skills. The higher the level of their communication skills, the better they are prepared for all aspects of domesticity, school life, social adjustment, etc.

Of course, no one is born with a full set of valuable communication skills, and their development is a process that requires support and understanding from parents, teachers, educators at holiday camps, coaches, etc. By helping children develop good communication skills, we prepare them for a harmonious life in the future. After all, the kids' ability to express their thoughts, listen, and understand others is the basis for successful interaction within a community. 

Developing effective communication is among the core priorities of Newtonshow's camp programs. Each of the camp's activities teaches young campers how to express themselves and collaborate effectively, increases their self-esteem, and develops empathy and problem-solving skills. At Newtonshow, kids learn to build solid and healthy relationships, which plays a significant role in both kids' present and future.

Let's examine in more detail how Newtonshow camps' program helps children develop their communication skills and how this will benefit your little one's future.

How do Newtonshow holiday camp programs help kids develop their communication skills? 


While good communication skills development and improvement is a continuous process that lasts a lifetime, there are essential communication skills for kids that help them express themselves clearly, confidently, and respectfully. First of all, at Newtonshow holiday camps, kids learn to listen carefully, practice their verbal communication through presentations and storytelling, get acquainted with the meaning of gestures, practice showing emotions, develop self-confidence, learn to look for a way out of different conflict situations, and more. 


Let's look closer at the communication skills that your kids will develop at Newtonshow holiday camps.


Communication skills that kids develop at Newtonshow holiday camps

Active listening skills


Active listening is one of the most important aspects of interpersonal communication. Kids at Newtonshow camps practice active listening during presentations, storytelling, discussions, etc. They learn to fully concentrate on what the other person is saying without any interruptions or judgments. When the story ends, kids ask follow-up questions to clarify something or find out more information. This, in turn, makes a presenter feel heard and respected.

Body Language Skills

Body language also matters. Well, usually it tells even more than words. However, it is not as easy as it may seem. Young campers learn to use positive body language when they communicate with their teammates and educators (they continue to develop this skill with family members). They learn to pay attention to nonverbal cues when they speak and when they listen – well, and they learn to understand what was not said with the help of body language.



Confidence shows that you know what you do and what you say, which attracts positive attention. Yes, not every kid is confident by nature, but every kid can develop this character trait. For example, little explorers at Newtonshow camps often prepare presentations. This enhances the campers' oratory skills and boosts their confidence in speaking in public.


Emotional intelligence 


Emotional intelligence is the ability to manage emotions in ourselves and others, with key aspects of self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, and effective social skills. Newtonshow creates and maintains a positive and supportive emotional environment in its camps, where kids learn to express their emotions, thoughts and needs in a healthy manner. This helps children communicate confidently, better navigate challenges, build healthy relationships – and become more prepared for their adulthood.




If you want to communicate effectively, you must know how to give and accept feedback properly. At Newtonshow camps, boys and girls discuss a lot and learn not just to be open to constructive criticism and feedback but also to benefit from it. After all, it is a great way to become a better person, isn't it?




If you talk to people in a warm, friendly manner, it always encourages others to continue communication. Campers are taught that a sincere smile and pleasant tone have great power. Friendliness demonstrates that you are open-minded and ready for teamwork. 




Newtonshow holiday camps cultivate a culture of honesty. Being honest with teammates, adults, family members, and yourself helps to increase trust, build strong relationships, and feel emotionally safe. 




At Newtonshow camps, children constantly make discoveries, explore new perspectives, and get acquainted with new cultures and traditions. Open-mindedness helps young campers broaden their horizons, earn respect, avoid conflicts, and more. Kids play multicultural games, participate in friendly debates, and create something new together. 


Presentation skills


Public speaking is probably the world's number one fear, and childhood is a perfect time to avoid it. Kids present a lot at Newtonshow camps - they talk about themselves, their projects, etc. They learn how to capture the audience's attention, develop confidence, become more organized, and improve their public speaking skills.




Respect is a fundamental communication skill that leads to better cooperation and stronger relationships. Kids are taught to respect the opinions of others (even if they disagree), respect others' feelings, listen carefully, and be patient.


Writing skills


Written communication skills are not just about writing words on a piece of paper – it is a way for kids to shape their thoughts and ideas and express themselves. Writing is an exercise for both hands and mind, so it deserves special attention. Newtonshow's campers read a lot, engage in storytelling, play writing games, and more.

How Newtonshow holiday camps help kids develop their interpersonal communication skills

  1. We listen carefully. Our campers' stories are fascinating, so we always listen carefully, trying to notice every single detail. When they see a sincere interest in their story, it seems like kids become even more inspired - and more confident, of course.

  2. We show the importance of mutual understanding. We prove to our campers in practice that everyone, regardless of their age, gender, and culture, must connect and communicate with each other. This helps to avoid various problems and makes everyone's life much easier.

  3. We encourage open discussion. We create such an environment where all boys and girls know that they are more than welcome to express their feelings and emotions.

  4. We play role games. Well, we play a lot of role games. Our kids can be dinosaurs, scientists, chefs, nurses, astronauts, aliens, Harry Potter, or even flowers. Why not? Role games are an excellent way to put yourself in the other person's shoes and develop different scenarios.

  5. We read and engage in creative activities. Reading develops intelligence and increases vocabulary, and creative activities help to express thoughts and emotions through arts.

  6. We teach to resolve conflicts. Any issue can be solved peacefully, and we learn to compromise at Newtonshow holiday camps.

Well, kids at Newtonshow camps interact anytime and anywhere using various interpersonal communication skills and constantly improving them. By the way, all parents can easily use these tips at home, so spending time with your little ones will be not just exciting but very helpful as well.

What does each young camper get after developing strong communication skills at Newtonshow holiday camps?

  • Improved social skills

It becomes much easier (and more efficient) for kids to express thoughts and emotions, make friends, and build healthy interpersonal relationships.

  • Improved literacy

Newtonshow camps' activities that focus on improving kids' speaking, listening, and reading skills greatly increase their vocabulary and improve literacy.

  • Enhanced learning

Strong communication skills help children explain their ideas, conduct experiments, make important discoveries, understand educational material, and more. Positive relationships with teachers and classmates help create a healthy learning climate, which also promotes better mastery of the material.

  • Increased self-esteem and self-confidence

Strong interpersonal communication skills provide kids with the confidence to interact with individuals around them, help them build positive relationships, feel heard and understood, and cope with various issues and emotions, thus enhancing self-esteem and self-confidence.

  • Getting prepared for the future

Kids who can listen carefully, speak properly, control their body language, and use other communication skills may benefit in the future – in various aspects of personal life, education, and professional life. It is needless to say that soft skills headed by communication skills are essential to improving a person's ability to work with teammates and can be an important factor in career development.

  • Increased independence

No matter how old your kids are, they definitely have their own point of view, and when we ask them to share it and discuss it, they learn to think independently. 

  • Improved mental and physical health

Good communication skills help kids convey their needs and feelings, share emotions and problems, and build healthy relationships with family members, teachers, friends, etc. If there are any issues, they can be solved much easier, faster, and more efficiently.

  • Developed creativity

We already know that communication is not just about words. Children who communicate well can also express themselves creatively.

  • Increased problem-solving skills

Any problem can be solved (and must be solved) via communication, and Newtonshow camps, where kids interact in teams when conducting experiments, unraveling various mysteries, and making discoveries, prove this.

  • Developed imagination

Kids acquire proper communication skills that help them invent fairy tales, create new games, draw fabulous creatures, and thus develop their imagination.

  • Increased empathy

Communication skills not only help children express their needs, feelings, and emotions but also teach them to understand the feelings of others. By putting themselves in someone else's shoes, little boys and girls develop the ability to understand and empathize with others.


Communication is the art, and teaching kids to use its techniques properly is essential for their present and future. After all, we all live in a society, and building solid and positive relationships is a way to achieve mental and physical health and harmony in every sphere of life.


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