By now, you probably have every pretend play prop available. So, let's switch gears... Get them out, about, and exploring the world around them. This is the time to build their background knowledge, as they'll need it during academic tasks. Consider...
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At this age, they react to their environment. So, keep sights, sounds, and textures interesting! Think about...
6 to 12 Months:
They are manipulating objects with their hands and mouth at six months and are fully exploring toys at 12 months. Consider...
Every time a birthday or holiday rolls around, I try and figure out what the children in my life will LOVE!! I want to find a gift they will use often and, of course, benefit from. Their parents will tell me what they're into now, but what about the types of activities they'll like six months from now?
Do you ask yourself the same question? Below are some tried-and-true tips for buying the perfect present. Start with their chronological age (or cognitive age if they have special needs). That will help you figure out the types of toys that will be most appropriate, used, and loved!
Their pretend play is starting to get complicated. People have roles, as if they were actors. Multiple actions and routines are being used at the same time or are sequenced into an activity. Think about...
"Old school" toys teach more than their electronic counterparts. They foster more sound play, speech, and interaction. It's true. But, maybe we're just old school, too.
They're on the move! Think about...
18 to 24 Months:
They are probably acting out daily routines like pretend eating, drinking, and maybe even housework. Consider...
It's time for true symbolic play... After searching for props, they may start signing into a wooden spoon as if it were a microphone. Remember that doll? Now the doll is feeding the stuffed animal! If they're copying some of your routines, get them a pretend set of props of their very own! Consider...
That's right! It's not just about keeping them engaged and happy. Play sets the stage for a lifetime of learning!