During Quarantine- Engaging in child's development !
Developing Young Children During Quarantine -Through Meaningful Play !!
• By Dona. M. (ECCE researcher ) • 10 Minutes Read
Different studies suggest that it is essential to focus on milestones during this age. These milestones are associated with cognition, language, speech, fine motor skills (small movements of fingers), and gross motor skills (big movements of hands and legs) and social-emotional behavior.
It would be best if you also act concerned about your kids. Their preschool Education has come to the point that you do not even know what’s going to happen next. Kids are restricted from going out. This time would pass by, but your child's rapid growth and development are not pausing at all. Along with all the basic sustenance needs, you have to understand that some needs of your child differ from yours. Those needs are free to play, material/activity-based play, and play with socialization. For socialization, you can spend playtime with your child.
You can create some simple games and materials to engage your child at home. However, having some specialized educational play material will be a boon for you and your child. Educational toys can help you engage your child in learning and enjoying most effectively. Here is a list of educational and playing products that you can opt for and direct your toddler's energy in learning at home during these quarantine days.
Blocks/legos: Age 2 to 8+ Years
We all are well acquainted with blocks. When we were young, we all played with them, and if not, we surely played with kitchen glasses building up big villas. Blocks or legos are both fun and learning at the same time. It does not matter how old the child is because even a kid of 18 months can use these blocks. Bigger blocks can be helpful for ages 1-2 years, and smaller legos can be used by toddlers between the ages of 3 and 5 years.
Give your tots a whole new experience of building their villa. And you never know what they come up with, probably a helicopter, fire truck, etc. In this process, they will practice fine motor skills, color recognition, spatial skills, and open-end creativity.
Puzzles: Ages 2+
Puzzles are all-time favorite play for any child of age two-plus. These puzzles can include pictures, numbers, alphabets (small or capital), shapes, etc. These puzzles are promising for the development of fine motor and hand-eye coordination.
Hammer & Peg: Age 8 Months to 4 Years
Wooden Hammer and the peg are suitable toys that help improve a child's concentration,hand-eye coordination, and gross motor skills development (constant hammering action). It can unintentionally teach the basis of force concept to children.
Classic wooden Xylophone: Age 2+
Many children love to beat spoons on Kitchen utensils, which can irk parents or people around them. You can swap it with classic wooden Xylophones. This wonderful toy introduces children with different frequencies of sounds. Early experience of music can help enhance concentration. Besides this, a colored xylophone can also cater to color recognition for young children.
Puppets: Age 1+
Puppets are the most engaging toys for any child as they help children in using their imagination. Puppets often encourage children to play role-play. They can help support oral language skills and communication, social-emotional development, and help children learn and understand the world around them with their imagination. You can recite a story to your children using them. You can also create your own stories with your children using the puppets.