Learning Tip: Cause and Effect
Researchers suggest that toys that are responsive to your child’s actions are helpful at this age. What does this mean? Toys that have wheels should respond appropriately to your child’s gentle or hard push, illustrating early concepts of force and friction. While she knows about cause and effect (just think of those meals with more food on the floor than on the high chair tray!), toys that help her understand that her actions affect her environment are useful. These include toys that serve as vessels for emptying and filling, toys that stack and fall over and toys that provide opportunities to connect motor skills like squeezing and pushing with specific sounds or actions.
My Puppy Pals Scout and Violet provide experiences with cause and effect in several ways. When your child hugs her pal, its soft body is squeezable and then plumps back out. When she pushes her puppy pal, it falls over, and likewise, when she sits puppy on its bottom, it stays upright! When paws are pressed, specific effects occur. While your child might not know all of the paw responses, soon she will connect a specific paw with a certain response… maybe learning to play puppy pal songs!
More on toys and learning through play:
Article: What Makes a Good Toy?
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