Rectangular Wooden Chopping Board with Handle

£5.80
Type: Wooden Tools
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Maria Montessori suggests that an educational toy is one that stimulates learning by encouraging children to experiment. It should be a toy that they can touch and interact with through different activities because learning to manipulate objects is essential to help children develop fine motor skills.

Later, in the 1980s, Maria Montessori’s idea was supported by the child psychologist, Elinor Goldschmied, who coined the term Heuristic play. The heuristic play describes the activity of children through which they explore the properties of “objects”. These “objects” are things in the real world.

The heuristic play starts somewhere at the age of one and can continue until the age of 5.

What are the benefits of the heuristic game?
There have been several pieces of research on the benefits of the heuristic game, and they have found many positive findings:

Concentration
At an early age (1-2 years old), children often have a rather short attention span. They fly between objects, places, and ideas. The heuristic play is great for prolonging this attention. Because children are curious about the objects involved, they become fully involved in their handling. Some children will engage with an object for ten minutes. This continuous flow of thought is great for brain development.

Physical skills
Such as gross and fine motor skills, activities that help children learn to use all kinds of tools. These skills can be useful in various fields, such as cooking, arts, or engineering.

Cognitive development
Children need a variety of sensory explorations to support their growth and cognitive development. With the help of objects, which are part of the heuristic play category, they are able to do this on a much larger scale than with toys that can limit their development abilities.

Social skills
Such as cooperation, communication, initiating and maintaining a relationship or interaction with another child, sharing objects, as well as cooperating with others in solving a task.

Creativity and imagination
For us parents, every kitchen utensil has a specific utility. You will see how creative your child is. Their imagination has no limits, discovering these accessories, they will inevitably invent various funny activities.
They can wrap a wooden spoon in a cotton scarf or cloth.
They will roll the wooden egg holder on the floor.
And yes, they might be trying out the pizza rolling pin on your pets. 
But hey, all these are new ideas, which means your kid is a genius in creativity and imagination! Isn’t this making you happy? All those new ideas are invented by themselves, and surely all of them are tested spontaneously right away as a new idea is discovered.

Language skills
The introduction of these kitchen utensils in the everyday play of your child offers the possibility to explain their usefulness in the kitchen, thus adding new words to their vocabulary, such as spices shovel, honey dipper, cutting board, a citrus reamer, pastry brush, egg holder, spatula, knife, etc.

You can diversify the heuristic play by introducing coloured rice and play-doh. Coloured rice is an excellent tool that can be used as an accessory for sensory play. Recommended for ages 3+, under the strict supervision of an adult.

Product size: 23x10x1.5 cm

SAFETY DISCLAIMER
Children must be supervised at all times when playing with these items. Adults must regularly check the contents of the playset for damage and assess which items are suitable for their child depending on their age and ability. It is the sole responsibility of the parent/caregiver to provide age-appropriate and ability suitable objects for their child and to ensure the objects are cleaned and replaced when necessary.
Do not immerse in water. Avoid fire. Keep the packaging out of the reach of children.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS
With proper care, Pagalou Educational Toys are a source of lifelong learning for generations of children in your family. Wood is an organic material, thus wooden toys can be affected by environmental changes. Be careful not to leave toys outside overnight, or for long periods of time. Heat, sun, and humidity can affect the appearance of wooden toys, which can cause them to crack or swell.

How to clean wooden toys?
We recommend cleaning toys with water mixed with apple cider vinegar. Vinegar has disinfectant properties. This solution will keep your wooden toys germ-free, providing safety for your child. Be sure to avoid bleach, detergents, or abrasive cleaners; these solutions will dry the wood and cause cracks over time.

SAFETY DISCLAIMER

Children must be supervised at all times when playing with these items. Adults must regularly check the contents of the playset for damage and assess which items are suitable for their child depending on their age and ability. It is the sole responsibility of the parent/caregiver to provide age-appropriate and ability suitable objects for their child and to ensure the objects are cleaned and replaced when necessary. Do not immerse in water. Avoid fire. Keep the packaging out of the reach of children.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

With proper care, Pagalou Educational Toys are a source of lifelong learning for generations of children in your family. Wood is an organic material, thus wooden toys can be affected by environmental changes. Be careful not to leave toys outside overnight, or for long periods of time. Heat, sun, and humidity can affect the appearance of wooden toys, which can cause them to crack or swell.