FINE MOTOR SKILLS:
|Toys that train the small muscles in the hands and fingers, building the strength, control and precision that enable everyday life skills such as self-feeding, dressing and undressing, drawing and writing.|
Part of the essential work of early childhood is learning to properly and precisely use the muscles in the hands and fingers - in other words, building fine motor skills. These skills, mastered during childhood, enable everyday life skills such as fastening, zipping, cutting and writing. Parents may be familiar with the technical names for many fine-motor milestones, such as pincer grasp
(the ability to grasp objects with the thumb and forefinger) and tripod grasp
(the ability to hold a pencil properly). But even with no special background, you'll likely notice these abilities during play. Nurture them with these toys and games - favorites of occupational therapists and teachers.
|Brain-boosting play sets that reinforce early learning concepts and processing skills to promote mental dexterity, problem-solving skills and school readiness.|
The cognitive skills formed in childhood are the building blocks of lifelong learning. Including concepts (such as color, shape, and size) as well as thought processes (such as counting, sequencing, and following directions), cognitive skills help prepare children for later success in problem-solving, reading, and math. And this important mental skill set benefits more than schoolwork: A solid foundation of cognitive skills helps kids navigate everyday tasks with confidence. How can you help? Play smart! Nurture cognitive abilities m an enjoyable way with skill¦ building games and toys. (Offer a variety of them to enhance learning even more!) Here are some of our favorite ways to play and learn.
SPEECH & LANGUAGE:
|Games, toys and make-believe activities that foster communication skills by inspiring conversation, facilitating narratives and sparking inquiry and exploration.|
Getting children to express themselves in an articulate manner takes practice... and there's no more appealing way to practice than with toys! The toy sets and games highlighted here keep interest high and ideas flowing to promote better speech in a number of ways: Make¦ believe activities can benefit expressive language skills (the ability to convey a message to others through words). Storytelling toys help children master longer, more coherent sentences. Toys and games that inspire inquiry (through who, what, when, why, and how questions) help kids become more proficient communicators, too. Browse this section to find all of these types of beneficial activities, plus skill-building play ideas and much more!
SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL:
|Toys to help children feel secure as they talk about feelings or emotions by imitating family life, providing non-verbal channels for expression, or offering an open-ended exploration of everyday themes in creative ways.|
Children learn social and emotional skills in so many ways: gatherings with family, storybooks, time with friends, and, of course, through play! Imaginative playtime is an especially helpful tool for children who may resist talking about feelings or emotions; using certain toys and play activities lets them feel safe and confident as they share their thoughts with others. Caregivers can help by providing children with toys that help mimic family life, that express emotions in non-verbal ways, or that offer up open-ended opportunities for kids to explore everyday themes in creative ways. Being in a fun-filled, friendly environment also benefits emotional development, so support your child by playing together... and have fun!
From day one, Melissa and Doug signed their names, Melissa & Doug, to every product they make. They take that signature seriously --- it's their commitment to you that you can trust the products you bring into your home. As parents, every time they make a product for you, it also has to pass the test of going home with them, where they enjoy playing with these same toys with all six of their children.
No matter how carefully they design their products, they believe there's no substitute for TESTING, TESTING, and MORE TESTING. The key to assuring the safety of their products is not simply insisting their factories follow their instructions, but to go one step further and AUDIT, INSPECT, AND TEST, not only once, but at various phases of the production process. This is something they've always done.
Additionally, they specifically test their paints and coatings very frequently, to be sure their toys meet or exceed government recommendations limiting heavy metals, lead and phthalates in children's items. They have cabinets full of thousands of passing test reports, and these passing results have been verified by 3rd party independently accredited testing laboratories, considered by many to be the best scientific laboratories in the world.
Please continue to enjoy their toys with confidence, knowing that each and every time they design and craft a toy, they?re not only making them for you, but for their own kids too.