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Dads know a lot about play time and the hard work of parenting. Seek involvement early. Dads play an important role in a child's life. The Green Bean team is passionate about helping children to learn and develop through play and having fun. Our top 3 best-selling children’s toys from the Green Bean Collection have been:
Sensory play is any activity which involves touch, taste, smell, sight or hearing. Children can explore different textures and shapes which engages their curiosity and stimulates their imagination. Sensory activities could involve materials such as water, rice, ice, soap slime, or garden herbs.
Children by nature are inquisitive and enjoy tactile experiences, so setting up sensory play activities is a great way to allow them to have fun whilst developing observation, fine motor skills, spatial awareness, and encouraging investigative skills.
However you play with your child at home, every activity and interaction they encounter will be teaching them and helping their development to prepare for formal schooling. Giving children plenty of opportunities for different types of play will set them up for the best start in life and help them to thrive.
Spending time outdoors with children helps them to understand the world around them, whilst nurturing respect and love for the environment. Being outside also brings many benefits for a child’s health and wellbeing. Children can begin to learn about biology and the planet, gaining an awareness of different plants, animals, and habitats and the role they play within our lives.
Nature provides many opportunities for sensory play, such as exploring different natural materials and textures, playing with water, digging, smelling different flowers and herbs, and listening to the different sounds found in nature - like birds, rain falling, wind rustling the trees, leaves crunching beneath your feet.
Children can learn about different shapes, colours, sizes and develop new vocabulary from playing with resources found in nature, such as leaves, rocks, feathers, twigs, pinecones and seeds. Allowing children to explore the natural world in this way also encourages creativity and imaginative play.
Finally, getting active outdoors by dancing, running, skipping and jumping all helps to develop children’s gross motor skills whilst encouraging a healthy lifestyle and positive attitude to exercise.
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