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The secret to giving your toddler a head start at school …

Posted on 8th February 2016
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Children are naturally curious and creative. They enjoy exploring and discovering new things.  As they grow up, they find new and exciting experiences every day, so channeling their busy little brains in the right direction is really important.

 

Surrounding them with stimulating toys and games not only keeps them happy and occupied, but also means that they will build numeracy and literacy skills in a positive and fun way.  This knowledge and experiance can really help give them a head start when they start school, and give them a life long love of learning.  Numeracy and literacy will not alien concepts to them, and learning just a natural progression from the play they have been doing at home.  Indeed nurseries such as Montessori have exactly this philosophy.

 

Games and creative activities teach a whole range of skills such as numeracy, literacy, logic, spatial awareness, as well as valuable life skills such as taking it in turns, game play, strategy and loosing gracefully!

 

Family games are a great way for Grandparents, Godparents, Aunts and Uncles to get to know and interact with a child.  A day of child care will go in a flash when they have lots of fun activities they can do together. Children will love teaching the grown ups!

 

Each toy and game on double-flip.com has educational benefits listed, and you can search our range by the appropriate age. We have had some great afternoons testing our toys and games for fun factor as well as educational value.  Here are some of our favourites.  As long as some thing is fun kids will choose to do it and the learning starts.

 

 

From 18 months

 

Roll and play

 

Roll & Play has got to be the first game ever designed specifically for toddlers. To play, simply toss the big plush cube and identify which coloured side faces up. Choose a matching colour card and perform the simple activity shown, such as  “Make a happy face,”  or “Moo like a cow.”  Roll & Play is the ideal way to gently introduce play patterns and rules.  A lovely way for a toddler to play with older siblings, or indeed any one!

There is a handy storage pocket for the cards on the cube, making it a great game to take to other peoples houses or on holiday.  

 

Teaches: Colours, play patterns, visual recognition, numeracy & taking in turns!  Colours, boby parts, animal sounds, counting, colours, actions.

 

See more info here

 

From 3 to 10 years

 

Double-flip Fun and Games Mat

 

Kids will have hours of fun playing and drawing on this mat with washable felt tip pens. Then pop the mat in the washing machine on a cold wash, hang out to dry and play again!

Activities include: creative drawing, dot-to-dot, noughts and crosses, colour by numbers, letter writing practice, snakes and ladders and other dice games for older children. They won't even realise they are learning while they play.   Great for groups - there is some thing for every one.

 

As seen in: The Telegraph Magazine, The Guardian Gift List

 

Teaches: Creativity, numeracy, literacy, strategy, game play

 

Click HERE for more info!

 

 

From 4 years

 

Chickyboom

 

Chickyboom is hilarious game of balance and stategy.  You start with all the pieces balancing on the perch and then take it in turns to carefully remove them without unbalancing the perch.  Excitement mounts as the perch gets more wobbly .... and then the whole lot goes CHICKYBOOM!

 

Chickens sit on cart wheels, and hay bales, and the perch can be arranged in many different ways. Each wooden piece has a different weight and value which helps with numeracy. The player with the highest number of points wins the game.

 

Teaches: Numeracy, hand eye coordination, and Physics!

 

Click HERE for the details!

 

From 6 years 

 

Slamwich

 

This fun and fast game has been a best seller for 20 years.  Take it in turns to stack the giant loaf of cards and look out for slamwiches (some thing sandwiched between two of the same cards) and double-deckers (pairs).  Be the first to spot a Slamwich and slap the pile to win the cards.  Once you have got the hang of the game you can introduce the thieves and meddling munchers to add another dimension.  Collect all the cards and you are a Super Slamwich winner!

 

As seen in the Guardian Gift List

 

Teaches:  Pattern identification, hand eye coordination, game play

Have a further look HERE

 

From 7 years

 

Tenzi

 

A fast and fantastic game!  Everyone gets ten dice.  Someone says ‘GO’, then everyone rolls and rolls as fast as they can until the winner gets all their dice to the same number and yells TENZI!  Simple but hilariously good fun.  To mix it up a bit you can play variations, such as: 

 

Tenzi tower -  roll your choosen number and then stack your dice.

Splitzi - roll five dice of one number and five of another.

Stealzi - If you see some one else roll your choosen number swop your dice for theirs!

 

Time your selves, use more dice, or mix any of the variations above, (more suggestions in the box.)

 

Teaches:  Numeracy, quick thinking and concentration

 

More Tenzi info HERE!

 

 

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