What happens when a toddler plays with a Dimpl? Likely she explores the sturdy ABS plastic frame and the five silicone pillows, first getting a feel for the materials – hard frame, soft pillows. Then observes visual similarities and differences: all the pillows are round but each is a different size and color. Next she tentatively pokes and presses down on the pillows. Ultimately such experiments lead to pushing the pillows in and out. A successful push creates a satisfying pop. Delighted with her success, the toddler then repeats the action. Once, twice, then over and over again. Sometimes one firm push is all it takes. Other times success takes persistence. Each press strengthens finger and thumb muscles. This engaging sensory toy builds fine motor skills needed for independent dressing and feeding. Dimpl measures 6 1/2″L x 5 3/4″ W x 1 1/2″H.
Have you ever wondered why toddlers like doing the same activity over and over? They want to replicate what-happens-when-I- do-this. Repetition re-enforces what they’ve observed. They learn that their actions have predictable outcomes. While playing, toddlers are not only learning about cause and effect. They’re also practicing scientific inquiry. In the process, they learn how the world works. Then when a challenge arises, they apply what they’ve learned. Creative thinking and problem solving grow from experience and insight. Of course sometimes a child becomes frustrated with a toy and tosses it aside. Play is, by definition, a pleasurable experience. When an activity stops being fun, taking a break makes sense. That’s true for both children and adults.