Why is Play Important? Social and Emotional Development

Editor’s Notes- This is an excerpt from “Why is Play Important? Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Creative Development by J.P. Isenbergl and M.R. Jalongo. Access the full article here.  Social and Emotional Development During play, children also increase their social competence and emotional maturity. Smilansky and Shefatya (1990) contend that school success largely depends on children’s ability to interact …

Schleich Activity Sheets

There is a painting template for every one of our play worlds. Just pick the colours and you’re ready to go … Invite your friends and design your favourite world in living colour. You’re sure to know someone in your family or amongst your friends who would love to have the finished picture as a gift. Have fun! Click here to …

Early Exploration Through Sensory Play

Please note: This article was originally titled, “Sensory Play: Early Exploration Through The Senses” By Rachelle Doorley. View the original article here.  Sensory experiences for babies and toddlers can be therapeutic, improve motor skills, raise awareness of how the world works, and contribute to language acquisition. Exploration from Birth When babies first interact with the world, they don’t have words …

Strategies to Help Your Child Focus

What will help my child pay attention? This is one of the most frequently asked questions (you’re not alone!).  Different strategies work at different times for each child.  Let us draw your attention to these tips from Fun and Function: Clearly communicate your expectations. Create a checklist where your child can check off tasks as completed. Do a reward chart. …

The Power of Fidget Toys

Please note– this article was originally titled “Get Creative at Your Desk With a Little Playtime”, written by Sue Shellenbarger for The Wall Street Journal. Find the article here.  Playing with a stress ball or a toy can seem like idle diversion for many children, but it may also spark clearer or more creative thinking. Certain kinds of hand movements have …

Rush Hour Shift by Thinkfun

It’s time to bring home a new game and bring your family together for a Family Game Night! One of our favourite family games is Rush Hour Shift by Thinkfun. Read on to find out more about the game, see it in action, and learn about the important learning skills this fun game will help your children develop and strengthen. …