And the winner is…
“Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.” -Joseph Chilton Pearce
Play is extremely important during early childhood development. Through play children learn how to interact and engage with the world around them, as well as developing imagination, physical, cognitive and emotional strength, creativity and building gross and fine motor skills.
Toys and games play a very important role in early childhood development as it stimulates imagination, creativity and aids in building fine motor skills.
The importance of toys in Early Childhood Development
According to parenting and early childhood specialist, Lynda Smith, toys and games assist hugely with igniting the senses and imagination, and basic developmental concepts such as identifying shapes, colours and numbers.
Moreover, they encourage motor development (from rolling and crawling, to jumping and running) and cognitive function. With these skills, children – from babies through to preschoolers – can better understand their environment and start to make full use of their minds and bodies.
“The right books, music, puzzles and soft toys all help children better understand the world around them and develop fine motor skills. When children are empowered and encouraged to learn by those closest to them from early on in life, they are more likely to cope better at school,” says Smith.
Smith adds that parents need to recognise the ways children learn through their senses. She mentions how soft toys, for instance, help to develop imaginary play. Kids’ TV programmes, like Barney and Friends, allow children to identify with characters and encourage imagination. These programmes motivate children to play outside, share with others and, encourage daily routine.
Barney drives the importance of early childhood development through play and have partnered with Liberty to offer 10 Education Builders valued at R10 000 each!
This is an amazing prize! To enter this giveaway, visit the website www.barneyandfriends.co.za and complete the entry form. Or simply click on the above image. You better hurry as the competition closes on 16 June 2016!
WIN WITH BARNEY!
You can also win a Barney Hamper worth R300 right here! The hamper consists of a Barney Activity Book, a Barney PVC Ball, a Barney Book of Colour and a 10 inch Barney plush.
Entry is easy. All you have to do is comment below and you are in the draw. Extra entries for Facebook and Twitter shares – make sure to leave a separate comment for each share telling me where you’ve shared the giveaway. Please make sure to leave your Twitter handle and/or Facebook name for verification. Max of 3 entries per person. Giveaway is open to SA residents only. The sponsor will send the prize directly to the winner. Winner will be announced on 27 June ’16.