Children love to play, explore and experiment with their hands. One of the skills gained through play is mathematics. Children learn to test maths theories, count, pattern, sort colours, increase their communication, learn social skills, gross and fine motor skills, cognitive development and so much more.
Play provides more than entertainment for young children, with 80% of brain development completed at three years old, up to 90% at five. As well as underpinning learning and all aspects of a child’s development, play underpins the Early Years Foundation Stages too. This confirms how learning without realising is so important from a young age.
Educational toys play an important role in the development of a child by stimulating cognitive, social and physical development.
Through play, children develop language skills, their emotions and creativity, social and intellectual skills. Young children will explore things through relationships with parents at first, then as they develop, they will be inspired with their curiosity, creativity and imagination. For most children their play is natural and spontaneous although some children may need extra help from their adults.
Learning should be fun and engaging through play based activities, like with Edx Education’s Hundred Board Activity Set where children learn number sense and basic number relationships whilst building pictures and patterns – it’s the perfect way to learn without realising with activities like these.
By having activities for children to do like the Math Cubes Learning Set they can follow the cards to learn from or they can build their own design like a new rocket, cars, spaceships, a castle or wherever the imagination takes them. These Maths Cubes are a multifunctional manipulative that can be used for all levels of learning.
Read more about Education Toys for Child Development in our blog.
If you are looking for more creative ways to play, use our FunPlay Rainbow Pebbles, Junior Rainbow Pebbles or Rainbow Pebble sets to design shapes, patterns, animals, houses – absolutely anything! Children love playing with the wonderfully smooth, calmingly tactile pebbles that delight the senses. This construction and early learning manipulative helps develop fine motor skills through play activities.
It’s not just maths that can be learned without realising. The Junior Geostix® Letter Construction set helps children to learn capital letters and lowercase letters and write words. It links engineering, art and mathematics. It will stimulate children’s imagination and creative thinking skills.
Learning through play is important and can help with imagination and both literacy and numeracy skills.
Let’s make learning fun for everyone to build lifelong learners that love to play and learn. Show them how things work, but if they want to experiment, let them. Sometimes it may seem hard at first, however persistence is the key to get through the frustration when learning new things do not work out the first time.
Edx Education – Heather Welch
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