I know we are all focusing on whether our child can read and count till one hundred, but do you know what is your child’s most important job right now? It is to PLAY with Toys That Teach and Sensory Invitations to Play are such an amazing tool to build nerve connections in the brain while supporting cognitive growth, social and language development, fine motor skills, dexterity and more! Notably, senses are heightened the most during early life, approximately in the first six years of life. So with toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners, it is paramount that we harness this time and take advantage of these sensitive periods of development during which sensory stimulation is crucial for the child’s optimal development. These sensitive periods or “windows” are time-lapses during a child’s life where he/she has a better aptitude for specific abilities and has keen interests in them. Later on, those interests and aptitudes disappear-forever! So, do not wait, and set sensory invitations to play and explore with Toys That Teach!
What you will need for this taste-safe small world set up:
- sensory tray or a bin to contain everything (we are using this serving tray)
- the lifecycle of a frog set
- blue food coloring
- grain, beans or dried pasta to represent land
- a wooden slice (optional)
HOW: make gelatin according to the instructions but add blue food coloring to the water. Mix well and pour gelatin into a large serving tray. Allow gelatin to cool down and harden. (You can place it in a fridge to speed up the process). When you are setting up this lifecycle invitation to learn, you will use gelatin to represent water, where the amphibian begins its life, and green lentils as land, where the adult frog lives. Decorate your “land” with a wooden slice, dried flowers, moss, etc. Let your imagination be your limit!
Describe to your child the lifecycle of the frog and introduce vocabulary words:
- Eggs: depending on the species, the female frog may lay hundreds or even thousands of eggs in ponds or lakes. The eggs are covered by an awfully tasting jelly-like substance, which protects the eggs from fish that might want to eat them.
- Tadpoles hatch from eggs about 21 days after the eggs have been laid. As the tadpole develops, it forms gills for breathing and a fish-like finned tail that helps it swim.
- Tadpole without gills: over the next few weeks, tadpole’s gills are replaced with lungs.
- Tadpole with legs: after about nine weeks, the tadpole’s hind legs appear, the front legs develop, and the tail begins to shorten and eventually disappears.
- Adult frog: approximately 12 weeks after the egg was laid, a fully developed frog is able to leave the water and venture onto land.
Discuss what does amphibian mean? Frogs are amphibians (meaning “two-lives”). Toads, newts, salamanders, and caecilians (blind worms) are also members of the amphibian group. “Two-lives” means that frogs begin their lives in the water as eggs and then tadpoles, and when they are fully developed, they live on land. Frogs are cold-blooded, which means that their bodies are the same temperature as the air or water around them. When they are cold, they will lay in the sun to warm up; and when they get too warm, they will go into the water to cool their bodies off.
This set up offers endless possibilities for learning! When you have Toys That Teach, you will see the wonder in your child’s eyes as they explore the natural world around them.
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By learning about lifecycles with Safari Ltd authentic high-quality sets which are affordable and meticulously made, you are setting multidimensional real life invitations to play which will affect long-term language, social, cognitive, and physical development of your child! So, please take advantage of those sensitive windows of opportunity and play, learn and grow with your child!
You can see this post on Instagram here. Please, always supervise your children while they are learning through play. Xo