Fun Friday: Preschool Play Time & Toys
Preschool Play Time: Our Favourite Toys
Of all the years in the lives of parents and their kids, the preschool days are often the ones filled with the most joy and laughter. These are the years that will shape your children before they go off to face the trials of the classroom and all that lies beyond.
Spending time together and getting to know one another through play is the perfect way for you to bond with and guide your preschool child to the next step on their journey.
The toy market is expanding on an almost daily basis, with modern kids spoiled for choice when they head to the toy store. We have created a rundown of some great preschool toys that will keep your little one (and you!) busy for hours on end.
With the Disney Channel still going strong, Mickey Mouse continues to appeal to the younger generation and there’s plenty of spin-off merchandise for fans to get to grips with. The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Silly Siren Fire Truck is a fantastic audio toy that allows kids the chance to role-play emergency situations with one of their favourite characters. With Mickey sat in the truck he’ll call out phrases, and as your child wheels the truck around the floor the sirens also kick in, making it that little bit more realistic. There’s also an adjustable cherry picker that Mickey can sit in so the kids can re-enact rescue scenes.
The end of last year saw the regeneration of the Furby, everyone’s favourite interactive pet. The new models have a much more advanced capacity to learn from their owners. You can talk to it, feed it, tickle it – anything you like! The Furby is a great way for kids to learn the responsibilities of caring for something other than themselves and it’s a lot less messy than a live pet would be! Overall, it is a great way to share something special with your kids.
Specially for creative kids, the Washable Fingerpaints Range from Crayola is a lovely way to encourage their artistic side, while older kids (4 and upwards) will love the Lego Ultimate Building set. It’s 405 pieces of pure imagination with which they can come up with scenes and settings where their own stories can evolve. If your kids aren’t quite ready for those smaller pieces, Duplo blocks are also available for children aged 18 months and upwards and are a little easier to handle.
These are just a few examples of the kinds of toys that are out there for your preschooler. However, you know your child better than anyone, and no matter what toy they gravitate towards – enjoy spending time playing with them.
These years will go by much too fast – and one day they’ll be standing before you with a cap and gown on, ready to face the adult world . . . and you’ll realize that you can’t get these moments back!
Enjoy the preschool years – and have fun playing!
What is your favorite preschool toy? Do you have a favorite from when you were a kid?
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