Accelerate your child's learning potential!
Seat them in their own learning and play zone so that they can be creative and use their early learning toys in so many different ways. This is their own special space to learn, play and grow.
Here are 3 cool ideas that they can do with their own special, multifunctional table and chairs:
Play with Colours
The play tables come in bright primary colours and it's the perfect time to learn to identify colours.
Invite your child to place different objects from the house or even some of their toys in the spaces that are either red, green blue or yellow. They will quickly be able to identify those colours.
If they start doing well with that activity, then ask them to find something in the house that is another colour such as black and place it on the green section. Or find something that is white and place it on the red section of the table.
They could also place the object between the red and blue sections which will help them to see the colours in different contexts and in relation to each other.
You can use the large size bricks you have at home to build anything creative in a particular colour to match one of the colours in the table itself.
Endless ways of learning colours and at the same time building your child's observational skills!
Build Fine and Gross motor movement
Fine motor movement is critically important so that children can perform tasks such as tying their shoelaces and in particular, holding a pen. The educational activity table is a great space to practice these skills. Here are some examples:
- Kids can build towers by clicking the bricks together and pulling them apart. And towers don't only go upwards. They can hang down from the table surface as well!
- Give your child some clothes pegs and ask them to create a tower on the table - how high can they go using the pegs to grip the bricks and stack them without clicking them together.
- If you combine fine motor movement and big motor movement such as running and skipping, they can bring objects to their small table by gripping them with the pegs. They can even hop and skip as they bring them to the table.
- Move in different ways between the activity table and other furniture in the house. For example: walk to the kitchen and bring something back to the table. Skip sideways to the outside area and jump back to the table.
The table is ideal for solo play but also works so well for social play with other kids.
Enjoy Sensory Play
Turn the lid of the sensory table cover over so that it forms a space for sensory play. Encourage your child to use their hands and feel different types of surfaces.
For example, add in large size bricks. As your child to feel the shape of the different bricks. How many studs are there on each brick? Are the bricks square or rectangular? What happens if you join 2 bricks together?
Another option for sensory play is to fill the sensory table space with water. See which objects float and which ones sink? Experiment with different toys to find the ones that will float.
A further option is to fill the sensory table tray with rice or sand. Create stories and your child moves the objects through the sand to create different designs in a creative way.
This is a great way of playing with other early years education toys in the play area so that they find different uses instead of being left in a box.
More activities for your Educational Activity Table
These are just a few of the ideas that you could use - your child will start to invent some of their own. And of course, when they tire of learning and play, they can use the smooth side of the table as their place to eat independently or flip through a book quietly for some relaxing and down time.
It's also a perfect area to do a puzzle or some arts and crafts. You could even set it up in an outside area for a change of scenery if weather permits - that's why the activity tables for kids are light weight and easy to move around.
All of these activities work really well with neuro-diverse children including autistic children. Children of all abilities get so much benefit from these activity tables and chairs - more so than from a conventional table.
You'll want to make the activity table space feel so special that your child and their sibling or friend won't want to leave! It's early learning done through the magic of play.