A busy little pre-schooler has a lot going on. There is so much to see, do, learn, and they are on the go. My favourite thing is watching little personalities blossom as they develop social skills and start to understand their feelings.
This recognition of their feelings in turn helps them to start understanding the feelings of others.
A great tool to help your little one with this is process is imaginative play with dolls. One of my children and a very complicated family game they used to play with their friends which included an extended family who all looked after ‘the baby’ – their prised doll. There were Mums, Dads, Aunties, Uncles, Cousins, etc, and the list went on. Anyone new to the game was able to take a new roll in the family and there was room for everyone. A simple toy for such a great learning experience.
This is also a great time to work on some basic literacy skills like writing your name, reading and writing simple words. Early math skills like recognising numbers are perfect too, you’ll probably find your little one wants to count everything they do, which is great play-based learning. We have some fantastic tools for this and kids LOVE being able to show Mum and Dad how well they have done!
Preschool (3-5 years) also offers various other learning opportunities such as: practicing our listening skills and being able to follow directions, learning to communicate our thoughts, feelings, and needs, developing problem-solving skills through games and tasks, improving fine motor skills through creative tasks that allow time with age-appropriate scissors and encourage self-expression and build confidence.
There is no doubt that Preschool (3-5 years) is an important stage for little people as it prepares them for school. At the Toy Wagon we have a wide range of toys and tools to help make the most of this massive learning period for your Preschooler which we help give your little one the best start to their school years which are just around the corner.