Things are a little different at the moment and with schools and nurseries closed, it’s a worrying time for parents who are concerned about their child’s progress and development. While we home school as best we can, our constant head-scratching and personal lack of understanding simply can’t compete with the real thing. And for that, teachers – we salute you!
But in between the homeschooling troubles and our own working from home adjustments, it’s always a good idea to keep our kids active and their minds stimulated. But did you know that you don’t have to sit them down in front of educational videos and endless revision uploads on YouTube? It’s true, just a few new additions to their toy boxes can help keep their minds sharp and help them develop their skills and capabilities.
Want to know more? Read on to discover some educational toys that your kids will love!
Of course, most of us tell the time by glancing at our phones or checking the number displayed in the corner of a screen. However, learning to tell the time properly is a life skill that all children should master. They’re never too young to start learning about clock faces and the basics of time-telling. A simple wooden clock with movable parts is the perfect way to introduce time or something colorful with their favorite cartoon characters on it will work a treat!
For those budding musicians at home, you can’t go wrong with a musical instrument. Of course, most parents cringe at the very thought of hundreds of screeching renditions of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, via a recorder. However, getting to grips with a musical instrument even something as simple as a tambourine or a shaker for the little ones can help with cognitive development, memory function, coordination and even those performance skills!
It’s never too early to start learning to write, and older children will appreciate the practice. From simple handwriting practice books made of whiteboards and markers to electronic versions that recognise accuracy and perseverance. You’ll find a wide range of versions that suit every age and budget.
Jigsaws and puzzles
All kids love completing puzzles. They promote, coordination, problem-solving skills, they can learn about the subject in the puzzle itself and they can be used over and over again. Also, they’re a great calming activity, ideal for helping your little one relax or come round after feeling anxious, scared or angry.