Busy hands, busy brains!
Hands-on play boosts learning, stimulates critical thinking and improves fine motor skills. But more importantly, it’s fun and engaging!
So as parents, we naturally wonder – are we doing it right?
Myths About Hands-on Play
#1 – There’s a right way to play
Not sure if the activity was completed correctly? In hands-on play, the process is more important than the outcome.
Encourage them to try, observe and explore. Every child is different. They may be attracted to different materials or activities – that’s perfectly ok. It’s just play.
#2 – My child is too young
Does my child understand what’s going on? Maybe not the first time, but the experience is getting archived somewhere up there.
Most children are comfortable navigating pictorial instructions. They might be a bit clumsy with the pouring and assembling. But as you know, messy memories are the best.
#3 – There’s not enough time
Do you have 15 minutes? That’s usually all you need.
Help them set it up, complete it once, then leave them to their independent play. There are enough materials to keep them amused for a while.