At Cuddles Childcare Centres, “Learning Through Play” is not only our motto but our mission. We have helped hundreds of children in the Perth area become much more prepared for school than they would have been without some of the skills they learned at our centres while they were having fun and playing games.
Because our approach has been so successful, we get asked a lot of questions about what kinds of toys can help children with social, creative and intellectual development. Generally, we are going to encourage things that will allow your child to write and draw, “crafts” and toys that encourage collaborative, open-ended play such as building blocks.
Here are some toys that will help your child develop skills while having fun.
Simple card or board games are great because they are played with others and develop a lot of different thought processes. Go Fish, Snap, Ludo and Snakes and Ladders are great examples of fun games that help your child develop.
Child-sized reproductions of items that encourage imaginative play can include a telephone, a tea set, a cash register or any of many items that allow your children to be “pretend grown-ups.” Construction toys are a good idea, too. Anything that encourages them to model adult behavior on their own is beneficial in the long run.
Sports are similar to games in that they are interactive. While some, such as a basketball and hoop, can be played with alone, most sports equipment begs for one or more playmates. A football or soccer ball is a good bet.
If you play golf, find some extremely short golf clubs for children and take your child to the practice range with you. When they become old enough to understand miniature golf, it is a great way to encourage family bonding. For smaller children or if you don’t play golf, a nice plastic version of a club and a ball will suffice.
Other Good Toys
Any art and craft materials are great, as is a two wheeler bike with training wheels. A swing set is good for socialising and exercise. Puzzles, picture books and puppets are great for visual application of creativity.
Contact one of our centres to learn more:
Carlisle: +61 (08) 9472 4702; St James: +61 (08) 9358 4673; and Bertram: +61 (08) 9419 1844.