Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Benefits of Sand sensory play

SAND SENSORY PLAY FOR TODDLERS

Bunny is really fond of sensory play and I really have to explore so much with him. He is never disappointed with sensory play and knowing the oodles of benefits I cant seem to stop. We go as often as thrice a week to the park where he gets time to play in the sand.

Close supervision is required so they don't put things in their mouth.

The toddler benefits in so many ways with sand play and the main benefits are

🐣Cognitive development - using multiple senses strengthens neural pathways that are being formed in the toddler thus enhancing the memory.

🐣Fine motor skill development - sensory play exercises the small muscles of the hands and fingers

🐣 Pincer grip development - an activity like this helps improve the toddlers pincer grip which later will help him hold crayons and pencils more comfortably.

🐣 Language development - sensory play introduces new vocabulary thus stimulates conversation and curiosity

🐣Curiosity and problem solving skills - sensory play  encourages the toddler to explore and persist in these explorations .

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Benefits of Outdoor play for toddlers

Toddlers learn and explore during outdoor play

It's so much fun watching your toddler explore outdoor play.  Bunny is extremely active and loves exploring everything around him. He loves to be alone and wants to explore things by himself.

This short video in the garden shows how he wants to explore the sea saw . He doesn't want to sit on it but wants to know how it goes up and down.  If you observe carefully he us holding a pebble in one hand. He picks up one thing from the garden that he treasures the entire time he is out and sometimes even brings it home. It may be a leaf, a flower or even a pebble.

Exploring though play helps
🌴 the toddler learn through experience
🌴develop the gross and fine motor skills
🌴improve the hand and eye coordination
🌴the toddler connect with nature and care for people and things around them
🌴Cognitive development - increased neural pathways are formed when toddlers explore their world through concrete materials

Monday, January 20, 2020

IMPORTANCE OF WATER PLAY FOR TODDLERS

WATER PLAY - BATH WITH TOYS


Have you ever wondered what are the benefits of water play for your toddler. Next time when he is enjoying himself and doesn't want to come out from the shower give him some extra time to enjoy since he is learning through water play. 

My bunny loves water and can splash around for hours without a moment of boredom. Since the weather is pleasant in Mumbai decided to give bunny a warm water bath with his animal toys, scoops and shower mug.
He enjoys splashing, grabbing his toys , pouring water and simply has a great time.


Im definitely doing this again since he felt good after his bath and was really hungry and ate well too, this play also builds up the child's appetite. #touchwood 

This activity develops
👣Fine Motor skills 👣Hand and eye coordination 👣Spatial awareness 👣Balance

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Ball pit play for toddlers

I was always looking forward to put my bunny in the ball pit and see him enjoy knowing the loads of benefits and most important the happy moments.

The first time we put our bunny in the ball pit , he just sat and watched. I took that as progress since he didn't cry but watched the other toddlers play and was soaking that in. I knew he needed more time and was amazed the second time with his progress. He crawled, jumped , walked around and even interacted with other toddlers.


So if your toddler doesn't respond the first time, don't give up but motivate them to try again. Encourage small movements and picking up and throwing the balls. Small encouraging words will help as well. 

An activity like this helps develop the toddler in so many ways and let me tell you a few.

Hand-eye coordination - grabbing the balls is really hard work.


Motor skills - crawling, reaching, grabbing, sitting, throwing, jumping, falling ....
Doing these things simultaneously is wonderful for both fine and gross motor skill development 
Balance - grabbing the balls whilst balancing  requires bunny to balance his body.


Early language skills - activities like these  encourage babbling which is great for early language development.

Cognitive development - increased neural pathways are formed when toddlers explore their world through concrete materials and live experiences 
Its advisable to supervise closely.