A simple vegetable brush: part 2

In my last post, I discussed how everyday household objects like vegetable brushes become enjoyable play objects for infants and toddlers up to 3 years old.  I’m adding an additional suggestion into the mix, as I’ve witnessed first-hand how infants and toddlers relish this particular brush.

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A vegetable brush can become so much more: part 1

Never underestimate the appeal of seemingly ordinary household objects as play objects for children. In fact, they remain some of the most reliable toys to add to a play environment to keep a young child cognitively engaged. Toys should be simple in order to stimulate a child’s imagination. According to Magda Gerber, "passive toys = active babies." So how can a vegetable brush become so alluring to older infants and toddlers?

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How simple baskets build confidence in a toddler

Notice how this toddler is collecting by color, size, shape, and then tone? This is sophisticated stuff! In the short video clip below, this two-year-old is separating the dark colors, such as purple and magenta, from the brightly colored ones. You can already see from the background that she's classified and separated the shapes and colors of the other blocks. 

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Why toddlers should not be forced to share

The sharing epidemic is taking over: parents from Central Park to the Brooklyn Library are charged with helicoptering. They are either too involved in children’s play or not giving children enough time to play on their own. As Erika Christakis puts it in an NPR article that come out earlier this month, “we're underestimating kids in terms of their enormous capacity to be thoughtful and reflective...

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