MONTHLY BRAND PROMO BLOG- The Power of Play
I think we have all heard of the term, ‘learning through play’ in the world of open ended toys. We see our children being creative, using problem solving skills and showing perseverance, developing their language skills and interpersonal skills when they play with their siblings or we play along with them.
Recently, having purchased magnetic tiles, I knew of many of these learning opportunities that my children would be engaged in while building their castles, towers, cars, animals, boats… you name it! But even as a primary school teacher, I didn’t anticipate just how many direct, educational opportunities would be experienced through the simple act of ‘play’.
Recently, my daughter (3yo in April) and I decided to build a rainbow city with cars, houses, garages, shops and a road linking them all together.
Through our conversation during the joint construction of this 'city', she learnt about 2D shapes, experimented with building 3D shapes while practising her knowledge of colour recognition and counting. Questions such as,
"Can you pass me the big, red triangle please?" initiated this learning and further conversations.
Have you discovered some of these educational opportunities through play with your magnetic tiles?
The act of connecting, pulling a part and rebuilding different constructions also worked on her fine motor skills to build those little finger muscles which are all important for skills such as tying shoelaces or holding a pencil! My little Mr (8mths old) also got to practise his fine motor skills when he would come along and pull the tiles and the constructions apart (which also gave my daughter the opportunity to practise some resilience.
As mentioned before, there are so many direct educational learning opportunities children can be immersed in through 'unplanned' play but there are also a lot of opportunities through 'planned, set up' play. There are a lot you can find on instagram or pictures such as: placing stickers across multiple tiles to create DIY puzzles; writing on the tiles with liquid to chalk markers to make number sequences, or number sentences or constructing their name or the alphabet.
There really is a limitless amount of opportunities- they are definitely one of the most open ended toys used in our home. We will continue to build on our very loved magnetic tiles range: I'm not sure you can ever have enough!15% off Learn and grow magnetic tiles for month of February whilst stocks last. Discount automatically applied at checkout not to be used with other discounts.