This means that they need hands on experiences.
They need to experiment and explore.
They learn through being engaged in play!
One of the investments we decided to make to keep some of our options for young children fresh was to enroll in the Toy of the Month Club from Explorations Early Learning. If you are a regular follower of the blog, you know how much I think Jeff and Tasha Johnson rock.... This Toy of the Month Club really elevates their coolness even more! Every month they send you a box of "toys," handmade- that encourage HOURS upon HOURS of exploration and play! You won't need any batteries or screens.... Just open the box and viola!
This is our second installment, and the children are so excited when the boxes come in! Every month, we receive a new box of cool stuff! Last month was a set of domino blocks, this month was a set of small wooden catapults. If you remember, we are a little bit catapult crazy around here:
These wooden catapults are a great addition for exploration. The children spent hours exploring with them. I tend not to explain or demonstrate when we have a new item. I just conveniently place it where children can find it and let the fun begin. I had a bunch of crazy pompoms and cotton balls that I put in the same bag as the catapults. It did not take long for the children to start sending the balls flying in the air.
With all of the "big" kids playing, even some of our younger friends had to check them out.
I can't wait to see what fun we have with next month's box!
(Thank you Explorations Early Learning for keeping us stocked with supplies and ideas for learning through play! Please note that this post is merely my own opinion and I have not been compensated in any way. I pay for a monthly subscription for the Toy of the Month Club.)