Playskool’s More Than Play Campaign!REVIEWS | Nirasha Jaganath | November 19, 2009 at 10:57 pm
When I learned that Playskool had kicked off an educational initiative and was asked whether I would help promote it, I readily agreed. Anything promoting education has my name on it. I know what you are thinking: But doesn’t Playskool make toys, and so it is just playing? No way. I may not be reading the parenting books so much now but the first 2 years I devoured them. Look except for crying and pooping I REALLY wanted to know that they could do more. So like the engineer in me I needed to know what to expect. Turns out in between all that pooping and crying they do manage to do some learning, granted it is hard to notice in between all those diaper changes.
Personally I eagerly awaited 2 phases: The “Cause-and-Effect” phase and the “Pincer Grasp”. Here’s why:
My baby crying and demanding my attention all the time was exhausting so when I learned that around 6 months they learn that if I push something, something happens. So I ogled toys that said 6 months + . My babies were both howlers in the car so this was another reason I was keen to have toys they could play on their own with for a few moment’s peace. I still remember how excited I was to have reached that milestone.
The other milestone was the “pincer grasp”. This is when your child can pick up an item between thumb and forefinger. Although, admittedly, food was my major reason for awaiting this little stage. The fact that my child could pick up food (cheerios and stars anyone?) meant the high chair was now a new reason for entertainment. Mama could finally cook! The fact is this little grasp helps with play too. Being able to pick up toys with this grasp develops the fine motor skills.
Toys that excite and entertain have a way to stimulate and engage babies. My belief is without toys kids still develop but with the toys you can see the different stages with more clarity.
The following products were chosen from the Playskool line to emphasize that kids learn as they play.
*Disclosure: I received an Explore ‘N Grow Step Start Walk ‘N Ride to review.