Classic Toys For Learning

Building blocks have always been a classic favorite among children. Have you ever thought about what a child can truly learn from such a simple toy? 

Here are 5 valuable things that children can learn from playing with blocks!

  • Science concepts: Building towers and watching them topple over is a great way for kids to learn about the concept of gravity! “When I build this tall tower, it will topple over and the blocks will fall.”  They also can learn about simple machines as they add ramps to their block building.

 

  • Spatial Reasoning: This is a concept that little ones can learn as they ask questions such as: what shape will fit here?  Will this fall down? If I put these blocks together what shape will they make? Playing with blocks helps children learn about direction and navigating the space around them. 

 

  • Math: Blocks can be used to learn math concepts such as shape building, comparing and sorting, making patterns and even measurements. How many blocks long is my hand? If I put these two smaller blocks together, they are the same size as the larger block!

 

  • Better Motor Skills: Even the simple act of a baby or toddler grasping a block in their hand is excellent for learning fine motor skills. As they get older and their motor skills improve, they will start to try to stack the blocks in ways in which they won’t topple over. This is a great exercise to work on hand eye coordination.

              

  • Creativity Enhancement:  Children learn to look at a “blank slate” toy and use their imagination to turn simple materials into a pirate ship, castle or even a representation of their home. Block play helps to stimulate their creative minds!

Making Good Choices

At DHA we like talking about making good food choices, how to keep “Sugar Bugs” out of our teeth and other ways to have a healthy body.

One of the ways we try to encourage our kiddos to have a healthy body is to GET MOVING! Any chance the teachers have during the day, they have the kids dancing, doing races outside, riding bikes and anything else they can think of to get the kids moving.

Moving is not only good for your child physically but it also helps them to get the wiggles out and helps them to stay focused longer at school!

An Easy Way To Stay Healthy

Child washing her hands.
Handwashing is the #1 way to stop the spread of germs and keep your little ones healthy! (According to the CDC)

Did you know that one of the best ways to keep your kids from getting sick, and reduce the spread of germs, is also one of the easiest things to teach them?

Hand Washing!

Because little ones are very visual learners, here is a fun way to teach your kids about germs!

  • Have your child sprinkle a little glitter or flour on their hands.
  • Tell them that you are going to pretend that the glitter represents germs, and that germs make us sick.
  • Then have them shake hands with a friend, pick up a toy or touch a door handle.
  • Where did the “germs” go?
  • Did it pass from their hands to the other objects? That’s how germs spread!
  • Now have them go wash their hands and repeat the steps.
  • Did the “germs” pass this time? Washing hands keeps the germs away and keeps us healthy!

Here are some other tips and tricks to get your little ones to actually enjoy washing their hands.

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