When the time comes to choose a gift for a child, educational toys are always an excellent choice, as they allow children to play games that not only entertain but also encourage their development at various levels. These toys stimulate motor coordination, concentration, memorization and expression skills, reasoning, and observation skills, among many other abilities. Continue reading “Why is it important for children to have educational toys?” »
- Pretend Play
Play is all about having fun! Any activity, organized or unstructured, your child finds fun and enjoyable is considered play. But play is much more than just a fun activity for your child! As a child grows they go through different stages of play development. Continue reading “What are the different stages of pretend play?” »
One of the skills that we parents should develop after we have children is the ability to observe. Especially in early childhood, the period from gestation to age 6, children are a daily factory of novelties both from the motor and cognitive point of view as well as the social and emotional. Suddenly, that little person starts to walk, talk, and even “chirp” and you get the impression that it came from nowhere. Have you ever felt that? This same observation should be applied to playtime. Suddenly, without you expecting it, the make-believe game begins. Continue reading “At what age do kids play pretend with toys?” »
A playhouse is a great way to add extra fantasy to your children’s childhood. Providing a safe and controlled outdoor environment will allow your little ones to express themselves by letting their imaginations and creativity run wild! Simply fill it with a multitude of toys and furniture, then let your kids run wild. The best way to make your playhouse as fun as possible is to decorate it! Continue reading “What is the purpose of a children’s playhouse?” »
When you were a child, what did you pretend to be? A doctor? An astronaut? A parent? Perhaps you pretended to be a paleontologist, wearing a camouflage vest and digging up “dinosaur bones”? Continue reading “What does it mean to play dress up?” »
Toy prams are among the most popular toys for kids. The good thing about them is that while your child can play with them on their own, they are also made to be played with other toys, like dolls and other soft toys. They make playtime more entertaining and enjoyable. Continue reading “How does playing with doll prams help a child’s development?” »
If you have sons, nephews or children in your care, you have certainly noticed how easy it is to dress up as a princess, superhero or any other character you admire. The use of fantasies never fails as an element of fun during childhood (or even after it, in many cases). Continue reading “Psychological benefits of using fantasies in childhood” »
Where can you find police officers, veterinarians, office workers, princesses, karate instructors, and chefs all happily working side-by-side? In a dramatic play area of a classroom, of course. A child’s pretend play in classrooms or at home is often considered fun and imaginative, but with limited educational value. The truth is, in the midst of creating a restaurant together, clomping around in grown-up shoes, or twirling around with friends in a fairytale land, children are learning to solve problems, coordinate, cooperate, and think flexibly. Imagine the skills required to turn the sandbox into a dinosaur bone excavation site! Continue reading “What is pretend play in early childhood?” »
Play is your child’s full-time job — and there’s nothing else that instructs her quite as well in both physical and intellectual development. Playing teaches problem-solving (What can she use to take a picture? What does she need to do to get Teddy ready for bed?). Continue reading “When should a child stop pretend play?” »
Play has a massive impact on speech development with some children starting to talk as early as 6 months old. By the age of two, most children have a wide vocabulary of single words and are beginning to use simple sentences to communicate their needs, thoughts, and feelings. Around this time, children are also moving away from solitary play and starting to display social skills through first, parallel play, moving towards cooperative play. Continue reading “How does play enhance language development?” »
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