The toys and games in our classrooms include manipulatives, puzzles, collectables, matching games and other games that children can play together or independently. Children strengthen skills in all areas of development as they play with toys and games. The Creative Curriculum® allows teachers to implement intentional learning through toy and game exploration.
Social-Emotional: Children learn to cooperate with one other by sharing and taking turns as they play games and build intricate designs. Playing with toys and games helps children build confidence when they successfully use self-correcting toys such as puzzles, sorting boards and stacking rings.
Physical: Children practice eye-hand coordination while lacing cards and placing pegs in pegboards. When children string beads and build with interlocking pieces of construction toys, they refine small muscle skills.
Language and Literacy: Children use words to explain how they are putting a puzzle together or sorting a collection of objects. They compare the sizes, shapes and colors of objects as they play. While using beads, pegboards, puzzles, dominoes and collectibles, they develop reading skills such as visual discrimination, matching and following a left-to-right progression.
Cognitive: As children build with table blocks and make designs with pattern blocks and parquetry blocks, they experiment with construction and invention and use problem-solving skills. They also have the opportunity to expand their emerging math skills such as counting, seriating, matching, patterning and classifying.