It’s important for children to learn to share in their early years, so they can get along socially with others at playgroup, play dates, early childcare, and eventually kindergarten. Learning how to take turns is also very valuable in building their speech development as well as their communication skills.
Parents may have heard the term ‘sensory play’ before but only have a brief understanding of what it may mean or how it can take place at home. Allow us to explain! Sensory play can be any type of activity that encourages one or more of a child's senses - touch, taste, sight, smell and hearing as well as movement and balance.
Even if you have never heard of the term ‘loose parts play’ as a parent, there’s a good chance your child has already been engaging with this form of play without realising! Loose parts are pieces, or materials, that can be carried, moved around, lined up, redesigned, taken or pulled apart, and put back together in different ways.
Offering your child a variety of foods from the 5 food groups provides your child’s body with a whole range of nutrients. This promotes good health by lowering the risk of illness, supports growth & development and fosters good eating habits.