The fundamental senses of seeing, tasting, hearing, smelling & feeling encourage a child's curiosity and activate his mind to discover the things around his world. Toys with strong stimuli in this category are tremendously important for the early stages of child development.
Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills are those smaller actions like picking things up between the thumb and finger or using the toes to wriggle or the lips and tongue to taste and feel objects.
Gross Motor Skills
Gross motor skills are larger movements involving the arm, leg, or feet muscles or the entire body - toys that enhance kicking, crawling, running, and jumping are meant to train a child's gross motor skills.
Logical training enables babies to make connections between pieces of information. Toys like puzzles and building blocks can strengthen a child's intelligence of logic, sequence, conceptualization, reasoning and problem solving.
Creativity is fostered in the early stages of a child's development. Colors, shapes, learning how to draw, getting familiar with music and rhythm, all goes to aid the growth of a child's creativity.
Linguistic Intelligence is the ability to use sound and language to express himself and to understand other people while a child grows up. Toys that enhance sensitivity to the meaning of words, sounds, rhythms and inflections are good for linguistic development.
A healthy child should be able to control and express his emotion. Feeling being loved and protected develops his sense of security. Toys that can become a child's pal and help him express emotion are very important for a child to learn how to interact effectively with others with mutual trust.
Communication Skills is the ability to interact appropriately with others. Good communication skills lead a child to perform cooperative tasks and become productive team members.
Self-Esteem is an overall sense of achievement a child feels from the important people around him, particularly parents and peers. When a child can complete the task offered by a toy, he feels good of himself. It helps build up a stronger self-esteem with a better judgment about his own worth.
*These are recommendations made under normal circumstances. Parents can determine which activities are most suitable depending on the progress of individual children.
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Objective: Sense stimulation - touching and feeling different textures
Method: Encourage children to touch and feel the different textures.
Objective: Fine motor skills training - grasping
Method: Encourage children to grasp the plastic pieces with both their right and left hands.
Objective: Gross motor skills training - twisting
Method: Link any of the two pieces together. Encourage children to twist them in opposite directions.
Objective: Gross motor skills training - disconnecting Popbo Blocs
Method: Link any two of the pieces together. Encourage children to disconnect them by pulling them sideways in opposite directions. This trains horizontal movement in their hands and arms.
Objective: Cognitive training - sorting
Method: Encourage children to sort the blocks into different groups of Dogs and Cats.
Objective: Cognitive training - learning body parts and facial features
Method: Use the Dogs and Cats to teach children different body parts and facial features.
Objective: Cognitive training – pointing out body parts and facial features
Method: Name different body parts and facial features. Then encourage your child to point to them.
Objective: Cognitive training - learning colors
Method: Use the Dogs and Cats to teach children different colors.
Objective: Cognitive training – pointing to colors
Method: Name a color and encourage your child to point to it.
Objective: Cognitive training - learning the difference between a cavity and a protrusion
Method: Use the Popbo Blocs to teach children the difference between a cavity and a protrusion.
Objective: Gross motor skills training - connecting Popbo Blocs
Method: Using concepts learned from activity 2.6, allow children to freely connect the pieces. This trains their judgment of space as well as motor skills.
Objective: Creative thinking training - storytelling with picture book
Method: The Popbo Blocs set comes with picture book . This can be used as background scene for storytelling.
Objective: Creative thinking training - making up stories
Method: Encourage children to use their imagination to think of dialogue and short stories using the blocks.
Objective: Construction training - building with other Popbo Blocs
Method: Popbo Blocs Dogs and Cats is compatible with all the other Popbo Bloc sets. Children can combine different sets to build new configurations.(Note: Other Popbo Blocs sets are sold separately)
We sincerely hope that the guidelines provided by our K's Kids Parents' Support Center will help you make the most of your K's Kids product. We hope that every child with a K's Kids product will benefit from playing and learning from it.
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