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Play Sense 2017-08-28T21:40:22+02:00

Fisher-Price’s Power of Play for Knowledge

Babies and toddlers have an in-built thirst for knowledge. It is a time of life when your little one is gaining knowledge and making sense of  his world daily. This is the reason that you may find your your toddler driving you mad with the question “Why?” Try to remember that it is essential that your little one has this thirst for knowledge. There are great ways you can us the power of play to increase knowledge. Here are a few games to play: 1.Scavenger hunt – for your older [...]

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Sun care for your little ones

As the holidays draw to a close we may feel as though the summer fun is over, but in truth, the warmest days are still to come! We are into the hottest months of the year in South Africa and it is wonderful to lap up the fabulous weather with our babies and toddlers. There is nothing like a little body toddling around in nothing more than a nappy, embracing nature and the great outdoors. Sandpits, beaches and water play are a fabulous sensory experience for your little one. But [...]

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My choice of baby gifts for Christmas

The festive season is so exciting on many levels but one of the best parts is watching your little one’s delight as he/she unwraps bright wrapping paper to reveal the perfect gift. The hard part is choosing what to give. Here is my list of the top toys for your little one this Christmas. Your newborn is working hard on honing her visual skills and starting to use her hands to grasp things. A brightly coloured toy that hangs over the changing mat is great for stimulating visual skills while [...]

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Preparing for the holidays

The festive season is upon us and for many of us that means a break away or at least time when we take leave and can be with our babies full time or have dad home too. There are five challenge points that often arise for parents of new babies and toddlers: how to keep a routine when things get spontaneous and fun; how to pack for outings and holiday; what outings to choose; how to travel with a toddler and how to sustain energy with the demands of the [...]

Fisher-Price Power of Play for whole Child Development

Play is the most powerful catalyst of whole child development. In fact, it’s so effective at achieving goals that it has become known as a “child’s work”. When your little one plays, he is literally at work – bedding down every imaginable skill. When we talk about play affecting the whole child,  it is important to see how play actually affects each aspect of a child’s development: Motor skills – the human baby starts life with poor control over his body – at the mercy of gravity. Over the course [...]

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Fisher-Price, Power of Play for Emotional Intelligence

A critical aspect of development is the emergence of emotional intelligence. A child with a high EQ can identify and communicate his own feelings, recognise the feelings of others and adjust his behaviour to another person to ensure that they feel comfortable and understood. EQ allows your child to connect with others and collaborate – this in turn results in successful relationships. Since relationships are key to happiness at work and in all areas of life, it stands to reason that parents ought to be encouraging the development of emotional [...]

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Power of Play for 21st Century Skills

Our children are going to work and engage in a world that we cannot predict with any certainty. What we do know is that the skills that will be needed in the future work environment will be very different to those needed in the past. While skills like mechanics and accounting may suit the current job landscape, we know that these skills will in all likelihood be automated in the future. Recent studies are showing that the core competencies of future players are soft-skills. These include the four C’s - [...]

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Time for Play School

It’s amazing how each stage of parenting takes us a little by surprise. We cannot picture the next phase and how we will ever be ready for it. And then boom, it sneaks up. I clearly recall thinking I would never be ready for my son to go away for university and now I am there and actually its okay, I am coping. Likewise, you cannot imagine when you hold your little new baby how you will be ready for the play group stage and then one day you wake [...]

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Nurture their Nature

Choose your little one’s toys to #NurtureTheirNature - your little one has the innate capacity and drive to master their world and learn though play. All that is needed is some time with you, a safe play space and some special toys or activities that nurture natural development: Your baby is naturally driven to speak and connect through language – this uniquely human skill is wonderfully stimulated when babies are spoken to, read to and when they play with toys that encourage speech. My personal favourite is a toy phone, [...]

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Baby skincare in the sun

Summer is around the corner and we are all looking forward to spending more time soaking up the warm rays in the long sunny days. Summer means wonderful new experiences for your baby as you spend more time outdoors and may even go to the beach or swimming pool. Now the thought of taking your baby near water should bring to mind the critical safety elements one need to consider in summer. Obviously, all babies need to be closely monitored whenever near water. In addition, the long sunny days and [...]

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