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#LearnThroughThis Campaign Launched

VTech Australia, creator of Electronic Learning Products for children.,have a launched the new campaign called #LearnThroughThis. The campaign is seeking to support both children and parents during this challenging time, using its two brands: VTech Toys and the well-known LeapFrog. Grounded in discovery and learning, the company knows that now, more than ever, ways to encourage creative play and learning is important along. And, so is supporting the families that are vulnerable.

Free online Resources for Parents and Children

By offering a variety of resources, including free content, they hope to keep children entertained and educated. This is particularly important as many cannot attend school or preschool as usual. So, you can now access an extended free trial of the interactive learning program called LeapFrog Academy. In addition, you can get expert-recommended products that are key to supporting children with reading, writing and other developmental activities.

To find the program and products you can join the LeapFrog Learning Path, an online portal. This will also have all of the advice from learning experts. Advice covers a range of topics, from learning to read, to preparing children with important skills for the 21st Century. In addition, you can also find a suggested daily schedule, a list of educational websites and free printable activity books. These resources are designed to help you maximise your child’s extra time during COVID-19, all for FREE! 

Save the Children Australia

Perhaps the most important part of the campaign is the partnership with Save the Children Australia. LeapFrog and VTech Australia are encouraging both children and parents on social media to draw a picture that will inspire hope and positivity for other families. Every drawing shared will mean LeapFrog and VTech donate one toy to Save the Children Australia. Then, people will distribute to vulnerable families within care packages. Save the Children Australia created these care packages to ensure that children are kept safe, educated and happy while we navigate the challenges of isolation.

Together, we can support vulnerable families and spread the love through the #LearnThroughThis campaign. To help get toys donated, get involved and share your drawing in the comments of VTech Toys ANZ’s comments or tag them in your post. You can find out more on their Facebook Page. All you need is a pencil and paper!

 

10 TOYS FOR FINE MOTOR SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

10 TOYS FOR FINE MOTOR SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

Fine motor skills involve the use of the smaller muscles in the hands. Developing these skills is crucial because these muscles are used for everyday tasks you probably don’t even stop and think of.

Dressing, eating and keeping up with personal hygiene are all easy tasks, thanks to your fine motor skills. They are essential for performing everyday tasks, and a child’s self-esteem can suffer if they lack the ability to do so.

We all know that the best way to learn is through play, and there are plenty of toys out there that can help your child develop their fine motor skills. Let’s look at a few.


LEGO Duplo Gentle Giants Petting Zoo1. LEGO Duplo Gentle Giants Petting Zoo

Little dinosaur lovers will LOVE visiting the Gentle Giants Petting Zoo. Young children will build fine motor skills through building and rebuilding the baby dinosaur enclosure. Buy it here.

First Learning Wooden Puzzle

2. First Learning Wooden Puzzle

Ideal for young children learning to recognise shapes, colours and animals. Through fun shapes and bright colours, your little one will learn to match each puzzle piece to its designated spot. Buy it here.

3. Make It Real Block & Rock Charm Bracelets

3. Make It Real Block & Rock Charm Bracelets

Make beautiful bracelets using this kit’s pretty charms, colourful beads and alphabet beads. Your child will develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as they create pretty jewellery to their heart’s content. Buy it here.

4. Barbie Fashionistas

4. Barbie Fashionistas

Each Barbie Fashionistas doll has her own look and style, inspired by the latest trends. Dressing the doll will help your child with their fine motor skills. Buy it here.

5. Toot-toot Drivers Racing Rampway

5. Toot-toot Drivers Racing Rampway

Rearrange the tracks to create a dual raceway, stunt track or super raceway. Race your cars through exciting courses with cars designed for little hands. Buy it here.

6. Tooky Toy 50Pcs

6. Tooky Toy 50Pcs

A classic and playroom staple, you can never go wrong with building blocks. This mixture of brightly coloured blocks can be built into anything you can imagine – a house, a castle, a city? It’s all up to you. Buy it here.

7. Play-Doh Letters and Language

7. Play-Doh Letters and Language

Learn all the letters of the alphabet by moulding them with Play-Doh. Included in the set are 26 letter stampers, two double-sided play mats, six tubs of Play-Doh and sculpting tools to introduce your child to the exciting world of reading. Buy it here.

8. Pip & Squeak’s Cheese Stack Game

8. Pip & Squeak’s Cheese Stack Game

Stack, flip and build with these uniquely-shaped wooden cheese wedges in three fun games. Rippled pieces make them easy to grip, ready for stacking. Comes with two wooden mice, 22 wooden cheese wedges and rules for three games. Buy it here.

9. Tooky Toy 5 in 1 Play Cube Centre

9. Tooky Toy 5 in 1 Play Cube Centre

This 5 in 1 Play Cube Centre will provide endless entertainment for your child, including an abacus for counting, labyrinth and maze and much more. Buy it here.

10. Fisher Price Baby’s First Blocks

10. Fisher Price Baby’s First Blocks

These chunky, colourful blocks introduce colours and shapes to your little one. Stack and drop the blocks through the slots in the bucket lid, and carry the bucket for more fun again and again. Buy it here.


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|Why Play Is So Important Cairns

WHY PLAY IS SO IMPORTANT – CAIRNS

As parents, we often don’t think too much about what is happening when our children are playing. Why is play so important?

Play is incredibly important as it helps the development of motor, sensory, thinking and language skills. As children get older, play becomes more complex and helps with the development of problem-solving, social competence and emotional regulation.

Children under two years engage primarily in sensory-motor play which helps develop body awareness, coordination and sensory perception. As children get older, pretend play becomes more dominant which helps develop the higher-level thinking that underpins many academic skills; this is why play-based learning is so valuable.

Parents can help by providing opportunities for different types of play such as active movement, fine motor activities and imaginative play. Try to spend some time every day playing with your child; children love this special time with their parents and adults can provide more varied play than siblings.


1. Pull-a-long Worm – RRP $29.95 – www.ellej.com.au
2. Balance Bike Blue Chalkboard by Kinderfeets – RRP $150.00 – www.playmackay.com.au
3. Wooden Story Heart Teether – RRP $44.95 – www.playmackay.com.au
4. Hape Sack Racers – RRP $14.90 – www.theplayprojects.com
5. Rock Crayons 16 Pack – RRP $15.95 – www.theplayprojects.com

GREAT ACTIVITIES FOR SENSORY PLAY [TOWNSVILLE]

GREAT ACTIVITIES FOR SENSORY PLAY [TOWNSVILLE]

Sensory play is anything involving our senses – hearing, seeing, touching, tasting, smelling, and movement. It is important for children to engage in sensory play as it helps to develop motor skills, language skills, social-emotional skills, and thinking skills. Here are some great activities for sensory play.

• Slime – It is definitely the craze at the moment. Make your own or purchase some ready-made slime and have a gooey good time.

• Playdough – A little less messy but still great fun for kids and adults. Get creative and make cakes/burgers/pizzas or use cookie cutters to create different shapes.

• Sensory walk – Create an outdoor sensory walk by using grass, sand, pebbles and even a tub of dishwashing liquid bubbles.

• Rainbow glitter jars – Fill a jar/bottle with water, glitter glue and food colouring. Shake it up and watch the glitter fall.

• Musical toys – Fill rice in an empty water balloon, create a drum from a milo tin, the possibilities are endless!

• Smell scavenger hunt – Go on a scavenger hunt using your nose. Smell flowers, grass, the spices in the pantry etc.

Cook with your kids – Experiment with tastes and textures.

Gross motor play (Cairns)

GROSS MOTOR PLAY (CAIRNS)

Gross motor play comprises of the movements that involve our large muscles such as walking, running, jumping, kicking, throwing and catching. The many physical benefits include the development of balance and flexibility, fitness, strength, and muscle and bone health. Children also learn rules and boundaries and have opportunities to form friendships and develop social skills.


Playing in the backyard, at the beach or the park naturally develops gross motor skills, but some skills need to be taught. Being active with your child is fun and a great opportunity to strengthen your bond. Gross motor play can start from a very young age. Babies and toddlers love to play with rattles, bang spoons on objects and catch bubbles. Older children can enjoy ball games, bike riding, obstacle courses or splashing around in a pool or one of our many beautiful waterholes.

Team sports don’t suit all children, especially those who may not be as proficient in their gross motor development. Those children might enjoy a club sport such as tennis, karate, gymnastics or dance.


TOYS FOR GROSS MOTOR PLAY

1. Original Lock Activity Box by Mamagenius – RRP $99.00 – www.playmackay.com.au
2. Balance Bike Blue Chalkboard by Kinderfeets – RRP $150.00 – www.playmackay.com.au
3. Play Ball with Beads – RRP $21.90 – www.ellej.com.au
4. Jump Rope by Green Toys – RRP $25.00 – www.playmackay.com.au
5. Scooter Board – RRP $40.00 – www.theplayprojects.com
6. Hape Sack Racers – RRP $14.90 – www.theplayprojects.com

GROSS MOTOR PLAY (TOWNSVILLE)

GROSS MOTOR PLAY (TOWNSVILLE)

Gross motor play is important for your child as gross motor skills help us to perform everyday activities such as standing, walking, running and sitting at a table. Gross motor skills also include ball skills (throwing, catching and kicking).


Gross motor play helps our little ones to develop strength and coordination, body awareness and motor planning (how to move effectively). Games that can help improve gross motor skills are:

•• Trampoline play and hopscotch.

•• Riding a bike or scooter.

•• Throwing and catching; start with large balls or balloons and gradually get smaller.

•• Balancing on one leg; standing with one foot, start with holding onto something and gradually make it harder. Try balancing on one leg whilst brushing teeth or learning sight words!

•• Completing obstacle courses.

•• Children’s playground where they are climbing, swinging and sliding.

•• Swimming.

•• General sports activities including soccer, tee ball, cricket, golf and basketball.

These are also great activities for wearing active little bodies out by the end of the day! And remember, in play, follow your child’s lead.


1. Original Lock Activity Box by Mamagenius – RRP $99.00 – www.playmackay.com.au
2. Balance Bike Blue Chalkboard by Kinderfeets – RRP $150.00 – www.playmackay.com.au
3. Play Ball with Beads – RRP $21.90 – www.ellej.com.au
4. Stacking Jigsaw Elephant & Baby – RRP $13.95 – www.ellej.com.au
5. Scooter Board – RRP $40.00 – www.theplayprojects.com
6. Hape Sack Racers – RRP $14.90 – www.theplayprojects.com