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Toot-Toot Friends Advent Calendar
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Toot-Toot Friends Advent Calendar

£24.99

Developmental Benefits

Language Development
Language Development
Motor Skills
Motor Skills
Role Play
Role Play
Sensory Development
Sensory Development

Developmental Benefits

Toot-Toot Friends Advent Calendar

Language Development
  • Introduces the alphabet, letter sounds and vocabulary.
  • Babies start to babble at an early age and this can be seen as the first signs of language. They are predisposed to pick up the sounds of the language that they hear around them. Adults can facilitate babies’ language development by playing with them, focussing on particular toys, reading books and naming everyday objects. The more babies are exposed to language the faster they will begin to pick up it up. There are social skills involved in language acquisition such as realising that it is necessary to wait until the other person has finished speaking. Babies begin to learn about conversational turn-taking from an early age; if a baby is babbling the adult waits for a pause and then talks to the baby. Babies learn to take turns even before they are using words. Social interaction is important for language development and turn-taking games are a fun and educational way for babies and young children to learn.
    Young children also need to practice their language skills. Toys that name alphabet letters and everyday words satisfy young children’s need for repetition and rehearsal when practicing words and sounds. For instance, young children can press a button repetitively to hear the same sound or word again. Babies and children learn a lot through repetition and pick up words rapidly in this way. Once children begin to read their vocabulary expands enormously.
Motor Skills
  • Encourages fine motor skill development.
  • An infant’s growth and development in the first year of life is rapid. Many movements that young babies make are in preparation for the next stage of their development. When young babies watch a mobile they are constantly moving their head, arms, legs and even their mouths in response to the movement of the toy. Sound and movement attract a baby’s attention; if a toy is placed almost within reach of babies their movements become more animated. Bath toys provide opportunities to develop and use motor skills to great effect. For example, a young baby has greater control over their leg movements than their arms. You will often see young babies in a bath reaching with their legs towards a floating toy and kicking. All these movements strengthen muscles in readiness for the next stage - walking.
    As babies develop they become more adept at grasping objects. Young infants learn to grasp an object, for instance a cube. The grasping, at first, is quite clumsy but through repetition, and across time, infants become adept at grasping and develop fine motor skills. Infants first use the ulnar grasp where their fingers close against the palm when trying to hold an object. Within another month they are able to move the object from hand to hand. After the first year, infants adopt the ‘pincer grasp’ where they use their thumb and index finger to grasp even very tiny objects. Shape sorters help infants to fine tune their visual perception and hand coordination. Soon infants are building towers with two cubes; this also requires fine coordination skills. As the child grows computer games have been shown to help with hand and eye coordination. Spatial skills can also be enhanced when playing games that require concentration, quick responses and finely tuned motor skills.
Role Play
  • Develops imagination and encourages cooperation, listening and turn-taking.
  • Role play is a form of social pretend play. Children benefit from social pretend play because it can help them to revisit events that may have provoked some anxiety in the past. For instance, after a visit to the doctors children often play at being doctors and nurses. Role play not only reflects but also contributes to children’s cognitive and social skills. Playing out an experience enables children to understand more about it.
    Research has shown that during social pretend play, young children’s interactions last longer, are more engaging and also more cooperative. Nursery school children who spend more time in socio-dramatic role playing are also perceived as more socially competent by their teachers. Role play enhances many cognitive abilities such as sustained attention, memory, language and literacy skills, and helps children to understand and manage their emotions. Role play is generally a social activity but some children can engage in solitary role play where they create imaginary companions. Games where children can create worlds and populate them with their own characters can be beneficial.
Sensory Development
  • A variety of textures, visuals and sounds stimulate sensory development.
  • Sensory development is intimately related to motor development. Babies are born into a world that stimulates their senses and to which they react. These reactions are bodily movements which create learning experiences. Sensory development in babies can be facilitated through toys that provide opportunities for them to experience sounds, visuals and textures. Young infants need to be presented with an adequate but not too great amount of sensory stimulation.
    From an early age babies use touch to investigate their world; as they learn to reach they begin to run their tongue and lips over toys and then look at them. Tactile stimulation is also combined with other sensory information. Babies can perceive input from different sensory systems in a unified way; for instance, vision and touch are closely coordinated when using a shape sorter. Babies who handle shapes and also fit them through a hole are learning to solve problems through touch and sight. Infants also learn about the links between sights, sounds and feel of toys when these are demonstrated by adults. They begin to associate the sight and sound of a rhythmically shaken rattle or the nursery rhyme played by a particular toy. During the first year of life infants’ visual development is rapid and they begin to identify objects through shape, colour and texture. They also develop the ability to visually track objects. Toys give babies and young children many opportunities to enhance their sensory development.
  • Advent Calendar with Father Christmas MagicPoint™ character.
  • Open a door every day to find a new Christmas accessory! Watch as your Toot-Toot Friends™ winter wonderland comes to life!
  • 24 Christmas gifts inside! Including; MagicPoint™ Christmas Sleigh, reindeer, elf and more!
  • Christmas Sleigh MagicPoint™ location brings Toot-Toot Friends™ characters to life with fun phrases, music, lights and more.
  • Father Christmas sings 2 sing-along songs, says fun phrases and more!
  • Works with other Toot-Toot Friends™ accessories and play sets when placed on MagicPoint™ locations.
Best for ages:
1 to 5 Years
Highlights
Advent Calendar with 24 gifts. Includes a Father Christmas MagicPoint™ character, MagicPoint™ Christmas Sleigh and more. Placing Father Christmas on the MagicPoint™ location triggers fun responses!
Description
Father Christmas is on his way! What better way to countdown the days than with the Toot Toot Friends™ Advent Calendar!? This calendar includes 24 Christmas gifts. Open a window on the calendar every day for a new accessory! Fold down the gift box to reveal a beautiful Christmas scene and watch as your Toot Toot Friends™ winter wonderland comes to life! Includes a Father Christmas MagicPoint™ character, a MagicPoint™ Christmas Sleigh, reindeer, elf and more! Placing Father Christmas on the MagicPoint™ location triggers 2 sing along songs, fun phrases, music, lights and more! Father Christmas works with other Toot Toot Friends™ accessories and play sets.
  • Product Number: 80-177703
  • 2 x AAA Batteries Required

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