4 Everyday home objects that can be used for creative play ­learning

Young parents can never be too sure about choosing the right kind of toys that can help their child remain entertained and learn something at the same time. With the plethora of options available in varying sizes, shapes, colours and costs, the choice only gets tougher. But what some people never realise is that, all you need, is readily available at home. With the exception of the general favourite dolls and toy cars, here are some every home objects that can easily replace toys.

Kitchenware:

Excluding all the sharp and delicate appliances, your kitchenware can prove to be a pretty nifty tool for creative play­learning. Let your child experiment with the various wooden and steel spoons, plates and cups. You can even afford to buy a whole new set just for their playtime.

How it helps:

Sensory: All the 5 senses are in full motion when your child interacts with the kitchenware.

Spacial: You child will begin to understand and visuals the differences in size and shape.

Creative: Arrange the kitchenware in any order and begin to tap on each appliance to create distinctive sounds. This is a cool musical experiment your child will enjoy.

Newspaper:

Child­centred newspapers are filled with various entertaining activities. It’s easy to buy and always offers something new and different on a daily basis. Perfect for your child if he/she is just starting out with letters, words or vocabulary.

How it helps:

Language and communication: Your child will learn many new yet simple words everyday.

Problem solving: The puzzles and quizzes can boost brain activity.

Creative: Colouring and drawing corners and weekly prize giveaways (if offered) enhances your child’s creative side.

Plants:

If you have a garden or at least a few plants at home, don’t hesitate to have your child interact with it. Gardening is a common activity at playschools and is best continued at home.

How it helps:

Gross motor skills: Gardening tools are a little more harder to maneuver for kids. But once they get the hang of it, it can greatly help in flexing their soft muscles.

Caring: Talking and interacting with plants actually helps them grow better. It can teach your kids to care more for little things.

Creative: Let your child get a little messy with wet sand and clay. Messy play has proven to be a useful way to boost creativity in children.

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