As the children play, they use a lot of descriptive words.They talk about how the items feel, how they have different textures. Wood is warm to the touch compared to metal or stone. A spoon is hard and smooth compared to say a piece of natural sponge, that is soft and rough. A baby will hold these items and explore the textures with their mouths. All the while making new neural pathways and connections. The more chance a child has to explore and investigate these items the stronger these connections will become. They will start to form a little database in their heads of these textures and sensory experiences which will help them to make sense of the world they live in. A pre-school child can learn to describe these textures. Learning what smooth feels like and giving it a word. They can compare two items.” This one is hard and this one soft.” They can talk about the weights and sizes of items. Comparing, grouping and sorting.
Little “R” enjoys putting as many of the rings on her arm as possible. She starts off saying they are smooth, light, cold. After filling her arm, she tells me they feel heavy!
She finds two pebbles in the basket and tells me that they are smooth ad cold. She starts to bang them together and tells me they are noisy, while laughing at what she is doing!
I also like to have instruments that are in easy reach of young children and that are made from natural materials.These are also used on a daily basis. Not always for singing and rhymes but often just to experiment with sounds. Talking about loud and quiet sounds. Comparing the sounds and volume that each instruments make.
This is one toy that really is enjoyed by all ages and abilities and costs very little.
- Physical Development
- Communication and Language
- Personal, Social and Emotional.
- Understanding the world.