" Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn" - O.Fred Donaldson
In today’s era of smart technology and electronic toys, we tend to ‘outsource’ playing and engaging with our children to these immobile devices. However, we under-estimate the importance of play to a child’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being. A rich and diverse play experience will stimulate different parts of the brain that helps to create stronger learning foundations for the future. In this blog post, we will share the 7 types of play that helps develop your child’s brain holistically.
Motor skills are movements and actions that require a child to use his muscles. The development of motor skills is an important and significant part of a child’s development and it should be encouraged in the early years for the child's growth and independency. Having good motor skills allows children to explore the world around them and helps them in their cognitive development. In this post, we share about the different types of motor skills and how you can help develop your child's motor skills.
I want to teach my toddler numbers, but where do I even start? Mastering maths is such a BIG skill from when they start school, I’d better start getting all the foundations laid down! Well parents, cool down and don’t stress your little one out just yet. Teaching toddlers about numbers involves patience. For sure, they’re not going to be able to master it overnight! As parents, we need to first of all adjust our expectations, let our children take the lead, and break down learning into very bite size progressive stages to introduce numbers to our kids. Not to forget, it’s more important to make learning fun to ignite that curiosity to learn which would definitely go a longer mile in your child’s numeracy development. Read on to find out more!
Research has shown that sustained engagement in the creative arts (art, music, drama) contributes to the overall cognitive development of children (smarter kids)! Art is also a great opportunity for children to cultivate creativity, patience and attention span as well as a healthy and therapeutic hobby to have. Here are 5 tips on how you can start encouraging art & creativity for your children at home!
What is a Wobbel and why is there a hype over it? Well made and ethically sourced, a wobbel is a sturdy and beautifully crafted balance board, in the shape of a curve. it is designed based on the guiding principles of Waldorf education and have been in use for over 20 years. In this post, we share about our experience with this functional board after having it in our play space for the past 3 months with a 2 year old!
Our toddlers love painting activities and so do we! Give your toddler paints, some tools and paper, and it’s guaranteed to be a sensorial activity that can keep them occupied for some time! It is also a great way to introduce colours to them, practice their fine motor skills and inspire creativity! We recommend using washable paints which makes clean up really easy and you don’t have to worry about dirtying the walls, floors or furniture. We share 7 fun painting activities that we have tried with our toddlers when they were below 2 years old!
Maths! That dreaded subject that children moan when they have to do it, or does it have to be that way? Learning can be made fun for your toddler through play-based hands on activities! I started my girl on number games & activities when she was 20 months old, but that was only after I felt she was ready for it. She could count to 10 verbally, so the next step was to get her recognizing numbers! This is a first early math skill that toddlers can grasp more easily, before they move on to counting & one-to-one correspondence activities. Read on for 5 fun number recognition activities that you can start with your toddlers!
This is the season to bring out the pumpkins, spiders, ghosts, witches & monsters! We can let our children engage in some Halloween fun, while introducing some learning goals with these Halloween activities!
Craftwork is a great way to get your toddler / pre-schooler’s little fingers some fine motor activity, and is also a fun way to engage with your little one. Why not start a mini craft project in your home? Identify a space that you can display your child’s crafts, and start a monthly craft theme! Read on for 4 craft activity ideas to create your own garden wall!