Learning Through Exploring

Learning Through Exploring

Young children are fascinated with their environment. One of the most important ways our children learn is by exploration. Using real objects as toys is a great way to encourage creative exploration. Children of all ages can benefit from – and really enjoy – using real objects as toys, but when children are in the initial stages of learning to identify and name objects, it is especially beneficial. Real objects give the child so much opportunity for child-directed exploration and creative play. We all know the typical cardboard box and pots and pans toys that children love, but there are far more options in addition to those! Here are some great examples:

  • Laundry baskets
  • Stuffed animals with real leashes/collars
  • Empty detergent containers
  • Mittens/gloves/hats
  • Backpack with school supplies
  • Tape measures
  • Old cell phones/cameras/iPods
  • Tools
  • Tooth brushes
  • Instruments
  • Firewood
  • Jewelry
  • Tent
  • Purses
  • Hiking boots
  • High heels
  • Backpack
  • Water Bottles
  • Wrapping paper
  • Scarves
  • Variety of tape
  • Paint brushes with water
  • Boxes of different sizes
  • Baby bottles/baby food jars/utensils
  • Return labels/stamps
  • Diapers/wipes
  • Envelopes
  • Hair/Tooth brushes
  • Ribbon
  • Sticks
  • (Almost) any kitchen utensils
  • Pinecones
  • Spray bottles
  • Tree stump rings
  • Socks
  • Vegetables/fruits
  • Perfume bottles

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