Pre schoolers are quick to take on pretend roles and situations and our Lemonade Stand is the perfect open ended platform for children to imagine, interact, buy, sell and create. Children at this age are learning to understand the world around them by replicating and role playing it, and this is a super lovely, simple play concept which allows for a whole host of possible outcomes.
The perfect way to add different dimensions to role play is with the introduction of puppets and here at LCB we treasure this very special range by Moulin Roty.
There's no better way to fire up the imagination than by adding a little voice to this little puppet They really do make for hours and hours of developmental fun and are perfectly sized for little hands.
Act it out:
Between the age of three and four children will begin to learn letters by sight and to comprehend how letters and words are formed. Crucially, they are taking the first steps to understanding that writing is an exciting, yet still curious system of communication. This fabulous collection of magnetic letters from Grimms offers a simple, low tech way of learning letters. Beautifully crafted and wonderful to handle, these colourful letters come in a handy box allowing for easy storage and transportation from fridge, to easel to Granny's house for the weekend. They are genuinely great for travel and holidays too and offer children a real sense of satisfaction as they start to piece together the letters to create names, words and messages.
lets get stuck on magnets:
These exceptional balance bikes start as a tricycle allowing for children as young as one to get some use out of them whilst growing in confidence in an outside environment. Adjusting to two wheels then allows your child to coast with control whilst developing their balancing and co-ordination skills without the distraction of pedals. Balance bikes enable children to move flawlessly into bike riding without the use of stabilizers and are a really excellent way of encouraging road safety awareness.
Moving seamlessly on, may we introduce you to our Crazy Safety helmets
. Designed for children between the ages of three and eight, these helmets are not only real head turners but also a feat of engineering. Brilliantly designed in Denmark, they weigh and unbelievable 270 grammes, have a dial adjust system for size, ear and chin straps and an LED light on the back. They are everything that we love here at LCB; fun, cool, safe, durable, full of progressive design elements and talking pieces to boot!
Be safe in style:
Children can usually sit for a bit longer now so it's a great time to introduce them to the wonderful world of jigsaw puzzles. These are a fabulous and fun way of building up memory and problem solving skills whilst learning more about similarities and differences. They can be an enjoyable, gentle family activity and are hugely gratifying for children as they get better and quicker each time they do it. This 24 piece tiger jigsaw puzzle by Djeco is beautifully illustrated and is bound to quickly become a firm family favourite, but also makes for a wonderful and unique gift. \
Pick up the pieces:
This fabulous Red Indian style canvas teepee has been designed by the indomitable Nathalie L'ete and offers children not only the chance for some all important 'me' time but also for extensive imaginative play. Let them eat their lunch inside or put it at the bottom of the garden, cover it in cushions and read them a bed time story in their pjs. It would be hard for this teepee not to become a firm favourite and we think it's just the sort of thing to inspire nostalgia for happy childhood days long after your child has outgrown it.
Look for a nook:
So you've had a long day and your three year old still wants to play play play. 'Will you play with me Mummy' has got to be one of the most precious phrases ever, even though you've had a busy day and you're to do list is now way longer than your arm. The beauty of playing doctors is that it gives you the opportunity to have a little lie down on the sofa whilst your consultation takes place and our particular surgery at home allows you to have a cup of tea at the same time. Before you know it, you've combined some precious play time with a rest which has given you a new zest for life....preparing dinner and bed time become a breeze whilst the allure of a glass of wine gets ever closer. We love this doctors bag by Djeco which children will adore carrying around with them. Filled with the usual paraphernalia (stethoscope, thermometer, bandages, plaster and note book) your little one is bound to get hours and hours worth of interactive fun from this kit, whilst gently learning more about how to care for others.
Take care with this kit:
So it's raining outside, or your child is poorly and off school / nursery. You're waiting for your visitors to arrive and have already been asked 'when are they coming' just over 3,500 times. It is, without doubt, time to get the Play Doh out. Colourful, tactile, sensory and opened ended, we can't think of anything else that offers so much scope in each little stackable (an added bonus!) pot. Break out the Play Doh and introduce a mini rolling pin and biscuit cutter or two and you'll be amazed at how quickly tummy aches are forgotten and the thought of pending visitors gets parked for a while. Play Doh is also a great, malleable way to work with fine motor skills whilst discussing different sizes, shapes, colours and weights.
Dough know, do care:
We really hope you have found these suggestions useful. Please do get in touch if you have any thoughts or suggestions and we'll be back with a whole host of other exciting introductions very soon. In the mean time, keep playing with those gorgeous offspring of yours........it's better for us adults than we realise, it's without doubt very constructive for our little ones and it goes by all too fast. In a heart beat as it were. Better get that doctors bag back out.