Hope you are all doing good.
Are you facing a tough time with your toddler who is addicted to touch screen, say phones, tablets, or even Television? Recently I attended bloggers meet by Skola Toys on topic touch feel vs touch screen. The objective of the meet was to understand how the fixation of kids towards the touch screens can be reduced through their innovative toys.
Remember those days while you were kids and spent most of the time playing outdoors? A simple game like hide and seek would bring so much happiness. Not just that it would also help in improving
- Observation Power
- Decision Making
- Strategy Planning
- Social Skills
- Physical Fitness
Wondering how? while playing this game a kid thinks of places to hide while observing the surroundings-observation. Would it be better if he hides in the place he has selected – decision-making. Should he hide deep to escape from the seeker or hide close to the seeker to outrun him – strategy planning. Should he discuss the strategy with his friends or play all by himself – social skills. All the running around – physical fitness.
Thanks to all the technological developments, I feel our kids are overexposed to the screens and are making them couch potatoes. Science has proved that the more the fingers move, the more the brain develops. Feel is directly related to the brain. Think of seeing the rain on the screen and feeling the same. You get the difference, right? And the difference is huge. This is what our kids have to experience.
Children should be encouraged to indulge more in physical activities for developing their basic skill set. They are young and have ample time left in their life to absorb technology, use apps, and more.
About Skola Toys
Skola Toys is India’s first range of toys designed with learning at its core. Made for children between 2 years and 7 years, Skola Toys’ design principles have been scientifically backed by child psychologists, child-experts and educationists including Montessori teachers.
Founded by Mridula Shridhar, VK Manikandan & Nitish Agrawal, Skola Toys was set up to fill the void that existed in the Early Learning and Learning Toy category for intelligently designed toys. Skola Toys help children learn through play and also keeps them engaged. Skola Toys uses Experiential Learning and Sequential Learning through ‘Journeys’ and ‘Lands’ to help children pick up crucial skills in areas like Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language, Social Science, Science, Cognition and Creativity.
The blogger’s meet was held on Monday, 13th November 2017. The meeting consisted of bloggers, toy retailers and educationists and kids. We were first greeted with a high tea and then the host of the meet introduced us to Skola Toys, their concept, the founders and the board members.
Each team were introduced to one of the Skola’s innovative toy and we were asked to play with it. It was fun for us elders to play with those toys and learn the concept behind the curation of each toy. There were kids loved playing with them.
After a short introduction to the toys, we were then taken on a tour to see their entire collection of toys. It is intriguing on how the toys are categorized based on the skill levels of the children. Later we spoke to the founders and winded the event with a scrumptious lunch and goodbyes.
Here is a description of a few of the toys from Skola.
This toy allows children to build around 1000 words. Children will have to spin the bright wheels and moving the desired letters in the frame while building their vocabulary. The toy comes with a word booklet that helps children identify, form and spells words in the initial stages. The toy is extremely handy since it does not have any loose parts and keeps children engaged for a very long time thereby improving their knowledge of language tremendously.
Vocabulary Building: As they continue playing with the toy, they start forming words independently. Once children have learnt to form a wide range of simple words by themselves, they are ready to form complex words with the help of phonograms.
Cars are a great way to engage children. It’s one of the first common moving objects that they come across. When they roll the cars on the slopes to see them make their way down, it fuels their curiosity and willingness to focus on moving objects. The speed at which the cars move is also very fascinating for children to hear and mimic.
Reading Skills: Following the movement of the car improves visual tracking among children, which is essential for improving their reading skills and abilities while playing any physical sport.
Motion Awareness: This toy also leads to awareness of motion and movement as children watch and analyse the movements of the cars as they roll down the slopes.
Actions: As they push the cars further or hold them back, they understand the impact of their actions on the speed, motion and time factors of the cars.
Fine Motor Skills: As children place, move and stop the cars, they also enhance their fine motor skills.
As children begin to develop their visual tracking skills, they get ready to understand the cause and effect phenomenon
As children have acquainted themselves with addition using pegs they are ready to skip numbers, which is essentially adding a fixed number each time.
Numbers: Playing with this toy helps children build a clear foundation for number patterns and sequences, thanks to the numbered T-shirts. Using geometric patterns, this toy helps them learn how numbers can be skipped in a pattern, setting a base for multiplication
Life Skills: They enjoy the everyday task of hanging clothes to dry, hanging T-shirts that have certain patterns on the rod.
Once children learn to skip numbers in an arithmetic pattern while counting, they get ready to carry out repeat addition for multiplication by slotting and counting pegs in rows and columns.
Once children have understood the comparative and sequential values of numbers, they learn that while counting, the last number indicates the number of items in that set. This is the cardinal property.
Children find the idea of a magnetic pen extremely fascinating and engaging as they use it to navigate the balls through the maze. By feeding the hungry dinosaurs with the correct number of balls, they understand how each number is associated with a fixed quantity.
To count well, the child must
- Start with homogenous (same type of objects) counting
- Move an object for each number name to enforce one-to-one correspondence
- Count slowly prevent the child from “skipping” objects
Counting: The dinosaur number maze implements all three of the above, the balls being uniform, moving one ball for every count & the activity itself makes the child count slowly.
Dinosaur Types: Children can identify the dinosaur types make this toy a perfect combination of learning and fun!
Once children have learnt cardinal numbers, they are ready to understand ordinal numbers as a position and also link numbers to other properties
Set up own mini-restaurant by assembling shapes to form tables. The placemats and chairs help figure how many sides each table has for assembly!
Shapes: As children succeed in applying their knowledge of shapes on objects, they are now ready to associate shapes with dimensional and numeral values.
Creativity: This mini-restaurant is fun to assemble, as the tables look interesting and the chairs are colourful! This creative do-it-yourself kit encourages children to be imaginative and establishes a logical connection between shapes, number of sides and number of vertices. Building tables and setting them up gives children a wholesome realistic satisfaction.
Once children are done with this toy, they can begin to explore other areas of development.
Gift to Underprivileged Children
Skola Toys celebrated the month of November by gifting the underprivileged children. For each toy that was sold in November, a part of the revenue was contributed to fund learning toys for the underprivileged children. This initiative is an extension of Skola Toys’ larger vision as part of which it wants an India where every child gets a strong practical foundation in areas such as Numbers, Dexterity and Cognition, irrespective of their financial background.
Hope you all got an insight into what Skola Toys is all about and how you can avoid the screen time of your kids to a greater extent. Visit Skola Toys to know more about their toys.
Happy playing and happy learning.
Until next time,