Fantasy play usually begins around age 2 and peaks during the pre-schooler years. It is vital for cognitive development and helps kids acquire new information about the world around them. Eric Lindsey and Malinda Colwell published the whole study how a pretend play affects social competence in future. Chasing each other and riding horses on a stick is not only fun but also a foundation stone of their development.
Have you noticed that it is easier to talk when you are walking? Outside is so much stimulation which is a great conversation starter. Walking also trigger emotions, so it is easier to speak, and thoughts flow one after another. No technology, no business, no commitments.
Between 18 and 30 months of age, toddlers begin to understand that objects have different properties, says Kyle Pruett from the Yale University. It’s the age when they start sorting by shapes, colours, smells, etc. The grouping impulse is an essential developmental milestone and the precursor for recognising that the letter ‘A’ differs from the letter ‘B’.
Nature is the multidimensional learning environment - something which you can’t substitute indoors. As children grow, you can introduce more complex topics. Naming plants, animals, bugs and even practise their navigation skills.
Be outside, play and talk. It can be the most beneficial routine for your relationship and development of your children. Nature environment will become the safe space to express, learn and generally have a quality time. The space for education, physical exercise and social competence.
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