Around the world everyday children are at play. As an integral part of childhood play has many benefits that sets your little one up for success later in life. Play can promote;
* Fine Motor and Gross Motor Skills
* Imagination and problem solving
* Role playing
* Language Development
* Social Skills
* Meeting Emotional and Social Needs.
Physical Benefits of Play
Fine motor skills is the ability to accurately manipulate muscle groups to do intricate tasks. Tasks that require good fine motor skills including drawing and writing, typing, handling eating implements and through to even hanging out the washing. There are many toys or inexpensive activities that can strengthen muscles to develop fine motor skills. Craft is one inexpensive way to develop these fine motor skills through manipulation of scissors, paint brushes, pencils or crayons. Puzzles and toys requiring building elements also require children to use fine motor skills.
Products that can help with fine motor skills from Grandpa’s Toys: Craft Table, Washing Line
Gross motor skill on the other hand is the ability to manipulate larger groups of muscles to manipulate body movements. When your child is beginning to roll around on their tummy and making movements to crawl this is the beginning of developing gross motor skills. These skills are not automatically programmed into human ability. Gross motor is development, learnt and practiced. Gross motor skills we take for granted as adults include crawling, walking, running, skipping, kicking, catching, climbing and understanding where your body is positioned in a given space (spatial awareness). For your child to develop great gross motor skills – get out and be active!
Products that can help with gross motor skills from Grandpa’s Toys: Walking Trolley, washing trolley
Cognitive Benefits of Play
Play is not only a physical activity engaging in games of catch; it is also is cognitive activity when children enact their imagination. Terms such as make-believe, pretend play and role playing are ways children act out stories which involve many perspectives, thoughts and feelings. Pretend play is a very normal and real component of the development of your little one.
Researchers have found that engaging in pretend play children demonstrate benefits such as increase language usage, empathy and problem solving. Pretend play also gives children the capacity to explore feelings (positive and negative) in a safe environment. Taking on different roles allows children the unique opportunity to learn social skills such as communication, problem solving and empathy. (Hughes, 1999).
Products that can help with cognitive development of your child from Grandpa’s Toys: cattle truck, Washing trolley, clothe lines, cradle, ironing board, tool box