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It stands to reason that art and craft assists to develop fine muscle control in your babies, and that kicking, running and chasing games improve their physical strength and control, but how do you kick start your baby's ability to think and solve problems? Funnily enough, abstract thinking and analytical skills are the focus of many Fisher Price toys created for babies and toddlers. You may not have thought about it, but toys such as shape sorters, simple jigsaws starting with just two pieces per puzzle, old fashioned building blocks and musical instruments all help to develop analytical and thinking skills in babies and toddlers.
Walk into a toyshop and so many of the toys available today were available in a similar form in our own childhood - many were available in similar form during our parents and grandparents childhoods too! Science has long told us that interacting with such toys helps us explore the world and develop our thinking, perhaps what is more surprising is that there are so few innovations in childrens toys over the last two generations. That comes down to the fact that human development hasn't evolved in that time, and for a long time we have had a pretty good understanding of it.
When nurturing your children, or children that you work with, introduce a good balance of 'thinking' games and activities. This is only one area of child development, but it can be easy to overlook the importance of this area if you particularly enjoy more physical activities. That is one reason that the Early Years Foundation Stage is so important - by following the guidelines and ticking off boxes for areas that you have pursued, you will automatically be delivering a well balanced development plan to your little ones. If you aren't the most creative person and struggle for ideas in areas of EYFS, or you simply want ideas that you can adopt and develop, then sign up to ToucanLearn now! We offer hundreds of activities concentrating on key development skills, and for premium members we link them all to EYFS too so that you can track progress with your little ones. If you are toying with the idea of subscribing to ToucanLearn, then there are several hundred good reasons for doing so!