Christmas is a special time of year for most children – a season for which many wait in great anticipation, counting down the days until the festivities and of course the sharing of gifts begins! Parents and carers have choices when it comes to selecting gifts for children, they can opt for gifts merely intended to provide fun and entertainment, or for they can choose gifts which provide entertainment and support learning at the same time.
The Christmas season is a special time of year which sees friends and family united together to share good will and happy moments. The idea of giving is central to the Christmas experience, and gifts provide a fantastic way of displaying affection and appreciation of our loved ones – especially our children.
The history of toy-like figures is well documented. Archaeologists have discovered toys dating back several thousand years and some of the earliest examples were found in ancient Egypt, where miniature homes intricately furnished and decorated with wooden figures of people and animals, were discovered in the Old Kingdom.
By the time a child has reached the age of three years they begin to move out of the toddler phase - with this comes significant development and much greater independence, both physically and emotionally. These advancements bring a demand for greater stimulation, both physical and cognitive. The three to four-year old is learning at a rapid pace and thrives with a supportive and nurturing environment - the role of play is key to this phase.
When regular routine has been thrown out the window, many families are trying to find the ‘new normal’. Being able to access live-stream activities that are often run by professionals in their fields is a positive way to keep children active, engaged and enjoying each day as it comes.