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  • Cognitive Benefits of Rattles and Sound Toys for Babies

    February 26, 2017

    Kids love toys.  

    Baby rattles might not look like anything special for an adult, but these infant toys spark an array of sensory experiences for a baby.  A rattle can amuse and engage your baby as well as aid in his or hers development.  The sounds babies make can also alert babies to noise. Even without looking, if they hear the sound of a rattle, you will eventually find babies turning their head towards the sound.  By integrating rattles into daily playtime with your baby, you can promote and strengthen your child’s motor abilities and help them reach cognitive milestones.

    Alvin The Elephant Soft Rattle
    Alvin The Elephant Soft Rattle

    Rattles are definitely not just a source of entertainment for a baby to play with. They can help to teach babies many new skills. Here are just a few that benefit a baby's development:

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  • Benefits of Colouring for Children (and adults!)

    February 6, 2017

    Colouring,  as an activity, has many benefits for different age groups.  The practice generates wellness, quietness and also stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity. 

    colour costume 

    One of the first psychologists to apply colouring as a relaxation technique was Carl G. Jüng in the early 20th century. According to psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala when coloring, we activate different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres. The action involves both logic, by which we colour forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colours. This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills [coordination necessary to make small, precise movements]. The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress.

    In simplest terms, colouring has a de-stressing effect because when we focus on a particular activity, our full attention is devoted to the activity and not on our worries.

    Colouring is not mutually exclusive to any age group. Psychologist Antoni Martinez  recommends colouring as a relaxation technique to adults. The trend has lately become popular among the adults and youth.

    However, colouring’s true benefits start when you’re a child as it helps children to develop cognitively, psychologically and creatively. The following are some of the key benefits of colouring pages in kids’ psychology and development:

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  • How to teach your toddler to share

    February 5, 2017

    Sharing does not always come naturally, especially during earlier interactions with other children.

    sharing toddler

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  • Tips on raising a smart baby

    January 8, 2017

    Is there a trick to raising a smart baby? Today's Parent says yes. And it includes lots of playtime and stories.

    meiya the mouse toy
    Below are a few ideas to support your baby’s brain development.

    Pretend play
    If you want your child to be an engaged and enthusiastic learner, help him or her develop through pretend play, especially joyful pretend play. Optimal levels of dopamine in the brain are essential benefits according to child psychotherapist Margot Sunderland, director of the Centre for Child Mental Health in London, England, and author of The Science of Parenting. The way to do that is to have lots of time with eye to eye level play and to using energetic commentary. If your child is smiling and bopping, show enthusiasm with comments such as "Wow! You're jumping so high! Amazing!" If you remain silent, the joyful aspect will not be as evident and levels of dopamine won't be as built up.

    Roughhouse (gently)
    Move around with your little one. As Sunderland explains, physical play develops cognitive functioning and helps program the frontal lobes for concentration and attention, and develops new growth in the hippocampus, which is a memory system in the brain. She suggests lap or rocking games and songs like “Roly-Poly,” face-to-face games like peekaboo, hand games like patty cake and flying your little one airplane-style above your head.

    Storytime
    Reading to your child from a very young age will help develop a host of skills, including emotional vocabulary and building empathy.  Reading together is a great way to bond with your child, reducing aggression and anxiety.  When reading together, try labelling the characters’ emotions, which helps kids see things from another person’s perspective. So, if a person or animal in a picture book looks happy, mention it, and then smile at your baby. Take a look at our Meiya & Alvin book!

     

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    December 30, 2016

    Tis the season - shop now until January 6th and receive a gift with your purchase!

     

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