How Dolls Houses Foster Creative and Therapeutic Play

How Dolls Houses Foster Creative and Therapeutic Play

The history of toy-like figures is well documented. Archaeologists have discovered toys dating back several thousand years and some of the earliest examples were found in ancient Egypt, where miniature homes intricately furnished and decorated with wooden figures of people and animals, were discovered in the Old Kingdom.
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alternative methods of schooling

Alternative Methods of Schooling

There are numerous ways to educate a child without an official ‘right way’, this is evident by the fact that different countries and societies across the globe all provide varying approaches with regards to educational methods.
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Choosing Toys To Encourage STEM Learning

Choosing Toys To Encourage STEM Learning

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – it is an educational concept or a philosophy with the aim of supporting and encouraging the growth of learning in the aforementioned areas.
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how toys can help a 3 year old's development

How Toys Can Help A 3 Year Old’s Development

By the time a child has reached the age of three years they begin to move out of the toddler phase - with this comes significant development and much greater independence, both physically and emotionally. These advancements bring a demand for greater stimulation, both physical and cognitive. The three to four-year old is learning at a rapid pace and thrives with a supportive and nurturing environment - the role of play is key to this phase.
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best educational toys for 2 year olds

The Best Educational Toys For 2 Year Olds

Upon reaching the age of two years, a child is officially defined as a toddler – this unique phase brings with it a steep learning curve as well as much joy and a great many challenges for the primary carers.
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toys for 1 year olds development

Toys For A 1 Year Old's Development

The first year of life is one of the most important phases in the development of any child, covering a range of different milestones in terms of both physical and cognitive development.
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How Interactive Play Can Help Your Child Reach Developmental Milestones

How Interactive Play Can Help Your Child Reach Developmental Milestones

Most parents at some stage would like to know if their child is where they ought to be in terms of their learning and developmental abilities, and question whether their child is ahead of other children, behind or average. In order to determine this, a number of societies have outlined developmental milestones (these may vary according to culture) which define what a child should be able to do at a certain age.
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sensory toys

How Sensory Toys Can Help Development in Young Children

Play forms an essential part of the physical and cognitive development in babies, toddlers and young children. During this developmental phase, it is paramount that infants and children are provided with ample play opportunities, which should include access to a wide variety of toys, including sensory toys.
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montessori approach

What Is The Montessori Approach?

Maria Montessori was an influential early years educationalist, born in Italy in 1870.  While Montessori was working with special needs children it sparked an interest in education and led to her setting up schools for disadvantaged children. The Montessori approach focuses on the planes of development, the theory that children have the greatest capacity to learn in the first 6 years of their lives. This development is achieved with a hands-on, independent approach from the children.
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