Toys that Help Children Develop Spatial, Creative and Social Skills

We recently read this newsletter article from the Child Development Institute which beautifully articulates the wonderful developmental benefits of toys. An article published by the Association of Psychological Science in January 2015 found that children who play frequently with puzzles, construction, and board games tend to have better spatial reasoning ability.  They studied the play … Read more

Why Dolls Play is so Good for Child Development

The doll is one of those toys which has been around for generations, and continues to delight boys and girls alike. There are so many good reasons for your little ones to play with dolls (boys and girls)…read on to see why Dolls help to develop your child’s cognitive, fine motor and self- help skills, … Read more

Are your kids spending enough time in active play?

We thought we would kick off the year with some thoughts and guidelines for activity levels in children – something to ponder over, and hopefully plan around, to give your children the best chance for fitness and health. The Canadian Physical Activity guidelines say the following:   INFANTS Infants under 1 year should be physically … Read more

What Makes a Toy Educational?

This article featured in the Nov/Dec issue of Your Baby: Nicole Hilburn, paediatric physiotherapist and owner of Brightbeans Toys, has the following recommendations per age group Which toys at what age? Baby A baby develops rapidly in all areas in his first year– cognitive, language, sensory, and gross and fine motor skills. From a play perspective, he won’t have … Read more