From the moment we are born, we interact. This may be in the nuances; such as the touch of a finger on a tiny hand. A smile or cuddle. “Goo’s” and “gaa’s” in return.
We learn in sometimes simple ways. Through our connections, interactions and interests, we find things out and live what we learn. We all have ways in which we learn better or easier. Some of us are visual learners whilst others prefer to listen. Regardless, we still take in ‘our world’ through cues.
One of the best ways to learn is through having fun and play. Using a playmat from our playmat shop is a great way to share time.
Parten’s commonly referred to work, discusses 6 stages of play.
It’s a good idea to support your child through these stages by creating opportunities. This can be done by starting with play on a playmat. Given them a chance to explore. Interact with your surround with your child. Use role playing with toys and use your imagination.
Don’t set expectations on ‘how’ a child should play. Let things unfold and give your child plenty of opportunities to make decisions on the direction of play.
Use play to show emotions. For example if the toy horse hurts it’s leg, your own character may show empathy and assistance to help the horse get better.
There are so many ideas of how you can create and set up fun learning environments. Just make sure it is age appropriate and don’t forget your playmat!