Sharing stories and reading books every day helps your child’s development in lots of ways.
The importance of reading cannot be emphasised enough in young children, and we as parents need to make every day reading a high priority whether it’s reading a book at a play cafe or reading a book before bed.
Having a baby is one of the biggest life changes that you'll experience. Becoming a parent is a major life milestone for everyone and having a baby is probably one of the most life-changing events you will ever experience!
Young children are fascinated with exploring and the outside environment. One of the most important ways our children learn is by getting out into the world and exploring! Using real objects as toys is a great way to encourage creative exploration. Children of all ages can benefit from – and really enjoy – using real objects as toys, but when children are in the initial stages of learning to identify and name objects, it is especially beneficial.
We all know that young children learn through watching the world around them. But did you also know that your child, no matter what age are always learning by observing your behaviour? Without explicit instructions most children know how to do things like press a button to turn a light on or pull down a handle to open a door, all through observing others!
Look. Listen. Touch. Smell. Taste. Five fundamental elements of life that we often take for granted. When we talk about the senses, most children over a certain age can list them off without problem. Any and all of these can be incorporated into sensory play.
It's not just children who have difficulty with sensory integration who can benefit from sensory play. The truth is, all children need help learning how to use their senses.
Your child learns by imagining and doing. Have you ever watched your child pick up a stone and pretend it is a spaceship, or made bunny ears with their fingers and hopped across the living room? In the midst of creating a cafe together, clomping around in grown-up shoes, or twirling around with friends in a fairy tale land, your child is learning to solve problems, coordinate, cooperate, and think flexibly.
One of our favourite activities here at Wellies is storytelling. Stories have so much to offer! They develop listening and communication skills, improve concentration and memory, bring experiences alive, and create a sense of wonder!