Do your children attend occupational therapy sessions? They’re a useful and insightful way to improve fine motor coordination, independence and sensory processing – something that I believe should be part of every child’s school curriculum (just my view!).
That aside, with the world of technology seeping into almost every aspect of our lives, it’s important to remember that some skills are best learnt away from a screen. But finding the right kind of educational yet fun, toys can be difficult, and that’s where Toy Kingdom has stepped in. Occupational therapy specialists recommend that, beyond sessions and in-classroom interventions, parents ensure that traditional and educational toys form a big part of playtime for children, and that’s why this lovely toy store has introduced a new category of products that can help parents discover which educational games and toys promote certain skills.
Toy Kingdom’s OT toys centre around the following guidelines of what sorts of toys are suitable and how they can assist in building skills:
- Toys that encourage problem solving – Lego and building blocks are a good choice for developing children’s motor and problem solving skills, as it gives them a chance to try and figure things out for themselves. It’s important to also consider toys that will help build strength in children’s hands, like play dough scissors. This strength is a necessary skill when it comes to handwriting and other daily activities.
- Toys with sticky or slimy surfaces help children to experiment with texture. This can be beneficial in ensuring children are more open to putting textured food in their mouths, and is also a great way for them to get their hands working.
- Toys that require the use of both hands – learning to use both hands well can help with colouring, cutting and writing. Winds up toys are good example or even simply tossing and catching a ball.
- Toys that encourage pretend play – fantasy and play have long been used to stimulate creativity as well as social skills in children. By pretending to do or be something different, your child practices both verbal and non-verbal communication, harnessing the skills to socialise and cooperate with other children and adults. Toy Kingdom’s Shopkins range is a perfect set-up for children to play with pretend food and enjoy make-believe scenarios.
So, there you have it folks! Take playtime seriously, and head on over to Toy Kingdom for products that entertain and educate, all at the same time.
Just a note too – Toy Kingdom is hosting Toys That Teach sessions at branches across SA during May:
Durban: Thursday 05 May from 12h00 – 14h00, at Toy Kingdom, Gateway Theatre of Shopping.
Cape Town: Wednesday 11 May from 10h00 – 12h00, at Toy Kingdom, Canal Walk.