If you’ve ever built a tower of LEGO® DUPLO® bricks with your toddler then you’ve probably noticed that they love knocking it all down. It is called destructive play and it’s surprisingly important for your little one.
If you’ve ever stood overwhelmed and unsure in the toy aisle, you know just how challenging it can be to find the perfect present for a preschooler. Not just any gift will do when it comes to inspiring young minds through imagination.
This is a simple but fun activity for pre-schoolers that will make your little one feel like a champion every time they knock a pin down.
When preschoolers are sitting on the floor building castles and towers, it’s clear that they’re honing their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
It might seem chaotic – and almost always messy - but being creative isn’t just about finger painting, or hiding under a table pretending to be in a spaceship on the way to Mars. It’s about your little one growing the ability to think in unusual ways, solve problems and ultimately pave their way to becoming an adult.
Are you aware that the best way to save your town from a swarm of wasps is to bake a vast jam sandwich? Or that a twig might be a pet? And that cardboard boxes are in fact racing cars? This is the way your young child sees the world - at least, in their mind’s eye.
It might be a tea towel that becomes a superhero cape. A sofa cushion on the carpet that becomes a pirate’s raft on a terrifying ocean of lava. Or a shoebox crammed with ‘borrowed’ items that somehow becomes a small – but suspiciously expensive – grocery store. Every day, it seems, an entire make-believe universe is bubbling inside your toddler’s head.
Do you remember when you started learning how to write letters and numbers? They weren’t all the same height, they were crooked, barely legible, and keeping them all on a straight line on a piece of paper was a struggle of Herculean proportions for small hands.
Katherine Lockett from Jersey (Channel Islands) is a mom, artist, writer and designer. With her background in education, creative arts, autism and special needs, she’s passionate about early learning through authentic, creative play.
One of the most important lessons LEGO DUPLO Design Director, Karsten Bunch, learned early on, as a parent as well as a designer, was that one simple function, like a window or door that opens, can be enough for hours of play for a toddler.
Because it’s not just first words and first steps you should be getting excited about…
Flashcards are handy for so many reasons. They’re easy to carry with you, and they are a fun way to play memory games with your toddler whether you have five minutes or need to kill some extra time in an otherwise toy-free zone.
Finding out about how plants grow is great fun and is guaranteed to bring a little color into a grey afternoon. Why don’t you experiment with building your favorite blooms?
He plays host to millions of families holidaying at his home every year, so surely it’s about time Mickey Mouse took a vacation?
That was the thinking behind the LEGO® DUPLO® Disney Mickey & Friends Beach House set.
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