Children spend a lot of time 'just playing.' Of course, only we, grown-ups would put the word 'just' in the previous sentence, implying that somehow play is an indulgence only the very young are entitled to and that nothing much is happening when children play.
However, for a great deal happens when children are 'just playing.' They are developing skills and habits and attitudes that will stay with them throughout their lives. They literally 'play for keeps.'
Like crying or walking or making sounds, children don't have to be taught how to play.
Play is especially meaningful and important for young children. Actually, play is their work, and they give a tremendous amount of energy and effort to it. If you doubt this, just watch for a few minutes as a 2-year-old struggles to get a ring on a colour cone, or stand in the background as a 3-year-old tries to fit a puzzle piece into the proper spot. Or, if you roll a ball back and forth to a 2-year-old, just expect to be the first one to want to quit the game; your partner often wants to go on and on.
There are at least three ways in which play is important for young children: skill development, social development, and imagination and creativity. Learning occurs in all areas of development as young children play—and the learning, too, is for keeps.
At Niño & Niña we have taken utmost care in choosing each and every toy for your child. We have chosen toys that are “open-ended” in the sense that your child can play many different games with them. For example, wooden blocks or chunky plastic interlocking blocks that can be used to make a road, a zoo, a bridge, or a spaceship. Toys like this spark your child’s imagination and help him develop problem-solving and logical thinking skills. We have chosen toys that also help children develop spatial relations skills (understanding how things fit together), hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills (using the small muscles in the hands and fingers).