Small giants 15 October, 2017 Isabel Vallejo
When teaching children in their first years of life, didactic material is key.
It is therefore important to know what tools or resources can aid in their play that are designed to fit their age, development level and needs. The teacher Natalia López offers the following recommendations:
- During their first year of life, babies enjoy songs, eye-catching books, and anything related to sounds and colors. A music or video CD, a good book (that is age-appropriate), and rattles can be useful.
- In their second year of life, infants make significant advancements. This second year is marked by them gaining independence such as becoming potty-trained, speaking and learning to walk. Appropriate toy items for this stage include those that help them reach their goals such as toilet trainers, baby walkers (which they can hold onto and push with their hands), and picture books.
- In their third year, the overall development of the child progresses rapidly and shape-based games such as building blocks, shaped blocks or puzzles are helpful for this phase.
- Between ages 4 and 5 is when children most enjoy role-playing games: they love impersonating their parents or superheroes, playing dress-up, and like dolls, cars, construction sets and anything that allows their imaginations to recreate the scenes of the adults in their lives.