Learning to identify colors, shapes, and sizes begins at birth as adults introduce these concepts in casual, albeit one-way, conversation. Initially we comment on the color of objects in the environment, perhaps saying, as we dress our child to go outdoors, “Let’s put on your blue jacket.” Later when allowing the child a choice, we’re likely to use color in describing the choices available – blue jacket or red hoodie. Through spontaneous comments, we’re continually imparting information that our child takes in and processes.
Play also provides opportunities for us to give words to objects. If a toddler is engaged in a fill and spill activity with nesting and stacking cups, dropping the smallest into the largest, then dumping it out, we might comment on color or size as we observe the child at play. If the child is stacking one atop another, we can supply words to describe spatial relationships as well. “I see the little red one is on top of the bigger blue one.” Or conversely, the big yellow one is under the smaller white one.” This is an experiential approach to learning concepts and acquiring language. Learning from experience, through open-ended play and thoughtful commentary, is the most natural way of learning.
PlayopolisToys offers an array of engaging toddler toys that invite open-ended play that fosters learning and builds skills. We offer similar but different ways for toddlers to experience the benefits of playing with nesting and stacking toys. Each choice offers unique features that enhance the play experience.
Consider Stack & Fit, a set of five graduated, open-top, square boxes with rounded-corners and raised rims on the bottoms. Stack & Fit is ideal for beginners. The limited number of cups makes play more accessible and manageable. Toddlers fill and spill, nest, stack, and knock down, over and over again, learning cause and effect and developing motor, cognitive, and language skills. Nested the cups resemble flower petals. Stacked a skyscraper. Raised rims facilitate successful stacking and keep cups from sliding. Graduated cups measure 3 1/2″, 3″,2 1/2″, 2″, and 1 1/2″ square. Adding sand and water enhances play as the child observes differences in volume and weight.
Another choice, Ambi Building Beakers, expands play with 10 graduated, round cups, ranging in diameter from 1 1/2” to 4 1/4” and in height from 1 1/8” to 2 3/8”. With its primary + white beakers, the colors are familiar to toddlers. What makes Ambi Building Beakers most distinctive are the unique-to-each-beaker raised designs on the bottoms. Press the beakers in sand or into modeling dough or clay to create imprints. These patterns develop tactile discrimination and enhance the play of tactile learners and the blind and visually impaired. Two pinholes in the bottom of each beaker invite water play.
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