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Living The Toddler's Creed for Toys, Play and Everything Else

Not too long ago, during an early childhood conference discussing stages of development, the facilitator shared with us The Toddler's Creed. As an educator and a mom, these hilarious words have a special place in my heart. The struggle is real. At times, I can relate to the toddler's need for possession, especially in those moments where it seems that the only true possession that I can stake claim to would be the relentless household bills. Learning to understand and interact with their environment, little ones develop fine and gross motor skills. Providing the necessities for constructive play facilitates achievements of individual milestones in growth and development. This one's for all of us that have experienced, are experiencing, and yes, those soon to discover life, living the Toddler's Creed (free printable link) for toys, play, and everything else.

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Living The Toddler's Creed for Toys, Play and Everything Else

If I want it, it's mine.
If I give it to you and change my mind later, it's mine.
If I can take it away from you, it's mine.
If I had it a little while ago, it's mine.
If it's mine, it will never belong to anybody else, no matter what.
If we are building something together, all the pieces are mine.
If it looks just like mine, it is mine.
If I saw it first, it's mine.
If you are playing with something and put it down, it becomes mine.
If it's broken, it's yours.

                                                                 -*Author Unknown

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Constructive play for kids is essential for healthy physical and mental development, verbal communication skills, and interpersonal interactions. Exploring and interacting with age-appropriate toys and objects create therapeutic framework for the development of gross motor skills. Progressing from learning to roll over, sit up, crawl, balance, walk, run, climb, and jump require muscle strength and spatial coordination of movement best developed by play.

Including toys such as the Glow In The Dark Sensory Ball from EduShape works well with kids from the age of approximately 6 months and up. Aside from the cool glowy effect when the lights go out, the soft, textured easy grip surface works to encourage early tactile and visual sensory development skills. Open ended play with an age appropriate ball will kickstart both fine and gross motor skill acquisition, fine tune hand-eye coordination, and promote socialization.

Active play for babies, toddlers and older kids will bring parents and caregivers a new experience each day. Keeping the perspective of the Toddler's Creed in mind will hopefully nurture a little more patience, understanding, and plenty of chuckles every day.

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