As we continue work on our “Project Playroom” it got me thinking…..what are the perfect play items? You know the tried and true items that outlast the latest Disney fad and encourage your child to play and learn? Here is what I came up with….
Puppet Play: Finger puppets, hand puppets, sock puppets, any puppets help encourage language, role play, social skills and story telling! It is a great way to introduce to your child the concept of story, without using books. Puppets have also long been used in counselling sessions as children work through problems through role play or discussing problems with a non threatening and fun puppet!
Teach your child counting, measuring and social language by playing shops! This is by far the best “shopping” set I have seen as it includes scales! Playing shops introduces so many valuable topic specific vocabulary terms like, heavy, light, more, less, dollars, cents, change, cost and of course please and thank you! By buying a set without the sounds and lights it encourages your child to imagine and explore on their own without the aid of some batteries!
Time for Tea: Oh I am in love with this breakfast set! Why? I love that it is not only made of wood but gender neutral! I have long been searching for a tea set that was not pink or flowery, so it could be used by “My Pigeon Pair.” Role playing tea parties is a great way to build on a child’s social skill teaching them to take turns, share, use their manners and to not always be the boss!
I have to admit I have been lving under a rock when it comes to “Tamponimos” As soon as I mentioned them to a group of school Mums I seemed to be the only one who hadn’t heard of them before! Tamponimos come in letters or numbers and are a great hands on and visual way of teaching the foundation numeracy and literacy skills. The letter ones could be used to experiment with letters, name writing, sight words and word building!
Ok so this one is not for them but for Mum! Looking for a clever way to store and organise al those drawing utensils? This turntable does that AND allows all children to turn the console to reach what they need!
So what are your tried and true play items that also encourage learning?
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