GROWING MINDS IN LITTLE BODIES
Physical exercise is essential for toddlers’ overall development. Toddlers need to move to relate to the world around them and understand it. The coordination of gross motor skills and spatial understanding is trained when moving through varied play areas, moving up and down, above and below, over and under. Hand-eye coordination is trained through varied tactile input and manipulative elements.
STIMULATE LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION
A key driver of language development is adult-child interaction.KOMPAN designs to support and encourage communication between ages in using themes recognizable to toddlers: elements that can be described, reported, named or compared spark conversations.
THE RIGHT SIZED CHALLENGE
It’s important to remember just how SMALL these children are.
Toddler play equipment and areas should be designed with this in mind.
BEGINNERS IN FRIENDSHIPS
Research shows that toddlers engage in significant social interaction despite their limited use of spoken language. They make up repetition games and play them in groups and they make early parallel play together. Activities such as springers, small seesaws or stomach swings placed in pairs, to encourage eye contact, and play in groups of twos or threes can promote this.
This toddler play piece is fabulous for supporting cognitive and social learning in the youngest players: the manipulative activities are paired to support parallel play. There are many tactile and moveable items to support the emerging logical thinking skills and the understanding of object permanence: chicken, that when moved, reveal eggs inside them; sand scoops that run in grooves and can transport materials. The themes of the horse and carriage invite role play and the horse is a popular destination for the slightly older toddlers in particular.