5 Ways To Play & Learn Without A Screen

It can be tempting to turn to all the noise, colour and easy stimulation of TVs, tablets and toy versions of laptops and smartphones to keep little ones entertained. However, there are many other, non-high-tech ways to play and learn which can actually be far more beneficial for your child’s development.

1. Switch on big imaginations: There’s no better way to promote creativity, social skills and communication skills than with pretend play. Toys like tea sets and hobby horses are wonderful props for imaginative play, encouraging children to invent new games and scenarios, and allowing little ones’ big imaginations to soar.

2. Explore the outdoors: One thing that most high-tech toys have in common is that they’re all used indoors; so limiting children’s play and entertainment to the telly and gadgets means they’re naturally discouraged from spending time outside. Yet walking, running and playing games outside is immensely beneficial to developing fine and gross motor skills. Showing your child all the different plants, animals, sights, sounds and scents of the outdoors will encourage them to discover the world around them while broadening their vocabulary and fostering a lasting love of nature.

3. Storytime: Reading to your children from the day they’re born is essential for promoting language and communication skills. Whether you’re reading a tactile wooden book like the Hape Vegetables Book or your favourite fairy tale, prioritising storytime may help instil a life-long love of reading and books, teaching your little one to associate reading and learning with relaxation. As an added bonus for mum and dad, storytime is also a wonderful way to spend quality bonding time with your tiny tot.

4. Get boogying: Musical play is hugely beneficial to all areas of children’s development, particularly creativity and social skills. So instead of turning on a sing-along YouTube video, make music yourselves and have your very own sing-along. Even babies as young as six months can shake the Hape Early Melodies Tambourine or beat a toy drum while you sing, clap and dance.

5. Build puzzles: Puzzles and jigsaws have been classic toys for centuries, and with good reason! Making puzzles is excellent for concentration, memory and problem-solving skills and it’s also a much more educational and constructive way of keeping your child occupied for long periods than popping on a TV programme.

The key to making playtime as educational and stimulating as possible is to make it multi-sensory and diverse. While nothing is wrong with familiarising little ones with modern technology, there’s no better way to support your child’s development than with all of the varied types of play described above—and for peace of mind that your child’s toys are completely safe, eco-friendly and non-toxic, you need look no further than The Little Woodpecker.

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