Choosing A Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle With Early Learning Goals In Mind

By: Gambo Navi

Even given the fact that we live in a technology focused world these days, the popularity of educational wooden toys never seems to decline -- either with kids or with parents.

These types of toys can provide a great deal of play value yet, at the same time, these can also help any child learn the skills that he or she needs as they grow on a mental and physical basis.

Wooden toys have a myriad of beneficial learning effects on children and they are predominantly effective for babies, toddlers and pre-school children. Wooden jigsaw puzzles, for instance, can teach problem solving skills and can help with fine motor control.

Wooden instruments will help a young child to learn co-ordination and, of course, help them learn about music and sound. Wooden games can help a baby learn essential social skills such as the way to share and take turns.

When you are buying a wooden toy as a present then the simplest way to pick the right wooden toy for a youngster is to ask their mother and father what they think. Firstly they should have the ability to let you know what toys the youngster already owns so that you don`t give them a duplicate gift.

If you are buying for your own youngster you`ll must think of their age and development stage before making a purchase. Toys these days should come with an age guideline label that tells you the ages that may safely play with the toy.

Do be aware, however, that the actual age of your youngster might not accurately match their development age and stage. Some children, for example, may be advanced in certain skills and some may lag behind every now and then. So, have a look at how a youngster will manage with the wooden toy or game before buying it.

Gender could be a problem here as well. Although very young children often show no gender bias they learn about gender quite quickly and might refuse to play with toys bought for the wrong gender.

Finally, don`t just expect the wooden toy to perform the educational job here -- playing games and playing with educational toys together as a family can significantly improve your child`s progress. When the whole family sits down to play together then you will help your child`s social, linguistic and interpersonal skills.

Early Learning Goals:

The first learning goals are the 6 main areas of a youngster's development and learning.

They lay down what most youngsters are expected to achieve by the end of the Foundation Stage (the end of the reception year). That is so they are prepared to work on the national curriculum at Key stage 1 of primary school.

Individual, social and emotional development:
Build up confidence and independence while learning to focus and to enjoy sharing as part of a group.

Interaction, language and literacy:
Learn all about communicating with one another and develop skills in talking, listening, writing and reading.

Mathematical development:
Use ideas about numbers, quantity, measurement, shape and space.

Knowledge and understanding of our world:
Investigate and start to understand the items, places and other people around them.

Physical development:
Improve control and coordination of their bodies while learning to move and to handle equipment.

Creative development:
Find ways to communicate by using colour, shape, sound, texture, movement and stories.

The perfect way for younger children to work in the direction of these goals is by learning through play. A good, mixed range of toys can help your youngster develop in these areas.

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I have been creating Jigsaw Puzzles or many years and it is still the best sight in the world when you see the childrens faces light up when you give them a wooden toy to play with.

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