8 LIFE SKILLS YOU CAN TEACH YOUR CHILD WITH ONE TOY

HOW TO PLAY WITH HEXACTLY- a toy review

The first idea that comes to most parents mind when they see these hexagon building blocks is to build with it existing and imaginary structures. However, using this toy you can teach your toddler a variety of life skills even though it is recommended for preschoolers and up.

I introduce toys to children as soon as the child can play with them safely with my supervision. At 12-14-months of age the child is ready to learn from this toy. Younger children put everything in their mouth and the single hexagon is too small to hand it to them. A 12-month-old might still be mouthing so in that case do not hand them the single hexagon yet. However, you can play with the other, larger pieces. Use this toy to teach them that they cannot mouth everything.

If you want to hand the toy to the child to play independently with, than this toy should be given to children 3+. Just like the package says. Probably even better to give it to a 4-5-year-old. The 5-year-old will have the interest, the understanding, the patience and the cognitive/motor capacity to disciple what this toy can offer.

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7 SKILLS YOU CAN TEACH YOUR BABY USING PUZZLES

puzzles are fun for all ages

Puzzles are not a toy that we can hand our babies to play independently with. Puzzles have many obstacles for a mind that have not seen puzzles yet. Playing with peg puzzles engages new sensations – new smell, new images, new movements, new concepts ext in the baby’s developing mind.

 

puzzles are fun for all ages

Puzzles are versatile toys and educational tools
“They are fun for all ages.”

The beginner puzzles are peg puzzles. The large knob puzzles are a good toy from age 6-7 months. The small peg puzzles can be introduced at 10-11 months of age.

I prefer the small knob puzzles. The large knob is good for someone with weak hands and severe muscular challenges. Babies with no challenges usually graduate to the small peg puzzles in 2-3 months.

What do I do with peg puzzles?

First of all, I consider them tools, not toys.

  1. Teach imitation
  2. Teach matching
  3. Teach vocabulary
  4. Teach sounds and words
  5. Teach concepts i.e.: colors, counting
  6. Teach bending the knees and other motor skills
  7. Teach following directions Continue Reading