Experts define play as ‘child’s work’ – a process which helps little ones learn new language skills, practise staying focused, and pick up problem solving and organisation skills.
Says Tanuja Nair, senior play specialist, KK Women’s And Children’s Hospital – “Play is ‘child’s work’ as it’s how children learn concepts around us in a safe and non-threatening way. Toys that are more open-ended in nature, where kids are free to decide on the outcome, are recommended – building blocks and train sets for seven- to nine-year-olds, and science kits for children aged nine and above.”
Time to hit the grind with these awesome toys.
For centuries, doll houses have enchanted and engaged young ones. This wonderful Sylvanian Families City House with Lights gives kids free reign to decorate and “build” their animal family. At $169.95, from Toys“R”Us and major department stores.
STROKE OF GENIUS
Brainteasers such as Swim Or Sink are fun educational toys that are so effective our local schools use them during lessons. The objective of this puzzle is to help the man in the red float get to the pool stairs by sliding other swimmers out of the way. At $26.90, from www.righttolearn.com.sg
Role playing helps acquire a sense of self-confidence – and little fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be able to boost theirs in this Deluxe Turtle Mask. Hardcore ninjas can complete the look with weapons and shells which are sold separately. At $16.95, from Toys“R”Us and major department stores.
This Electricity Kit from the Let’s Explore series is jointly developed by The Science Centre Singapore. It follows the MOE Science Syllabus and gives kids a hands-on experience on how to create electricity. Comes with a step-by-step user guide. At $39.90, from www.ems2kit.com
NO MONEY, HONEY
Monopoly Electronic Banking gives young ones a taste of our cashless world. Users get six cool bank cards which they swipe on an electronic banking unit to buy properties, pay bills and collect gifts and debts from opponents. Grab the chance to remind them to save money for rainy days. At $69.90, from Toys“R”Us and major department stores.
By Sylvia Ong, Singapore Women’s Weekly, August 2014