Welcome to the Brightbeans blog!
We have started this blog as a place to share thoughts and information, latest news and most importantly to hear from you! We hope to cover topics like child-development, great toys, parenting challenges and anything else you want to talk about!
Ask The Experts – If you have questions on child-development, please add your comments or send us a note here. We’d love to hear from you and our team of child-development experts will do their best to answer any specific questions you have.
For our very first post we wanted to talk to something that is close to our heart – child development. At Brightbeans we believe that great fun and child development should go hand in hand. Play is the way children learn about and engage with the world around them, while developing the fundamental building-block skills that will enable them to perform and excel as they grow. There is no better way to encourage constructive play than with a well-chosen toy!
What is Child Development
We are always looking for toys that are not only great fun to play with, but alsoencourage active development of one or more of the key developmental skills. These skills are the foundation of your child’s ability to function both now, and later in life.
The key developmental skills are:
Your child’s ability to collect and interpret the information they receive through their senses, which allows them to make sense of the world around them and select appropriate responses to sensory inputs.
The movement of large and small muscle groups that allow your child to be physically active and to develop balance, co-ordination and precision movements.
A range of cognitive capabilities that enable your child to process the wide range of information they receive in order to solve problems and make decisions.
How your child learns to share information, thoughts and emotions, both verbally and non-verbally, with those around them.
Your child’s ability to conjure ideas and thoughts that are not necessarily right in front of them, and turn those thoughts into reality through expression.
For an age-based milestone chart you can download our Development Chart: