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GOLD STAR AWARD
Each year, NETS awards a Gold Star to several toy products. These are products that parents and NETS retailers believe offer exceptional play value and repeatedly engage and fascinate children long after they have come out of the packaging!
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Latest & Greatest 2 Infant & Toddler 4 Active Play 7 Construction 8 Imagination 10 Science 12 Games & Puzzles 14 Arts & Crafts 17 Fun & Fabulous 20 About NETS 23
These boxes contain handy, “good-to-know” information when you’re looking for the perfect toy!
Latest & Greatest 90-Piece Set
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Let your imagination run wild! Click, stack, fold and hook pieces together to build boats, animals, rocket ships and more! Perfect for STEM education, developing hand-eye coordination, and hours of plain old constructing fun. AGES 4+
360 Cross WORKS W IT H O T HER C LIC FORMER SET S!
Ready for any kind of road test, indoors or out! With a two-sided driving system, we challenge you to find a terrain this remote control flip car from SilverLit can’t handle! Reaches speeds up to 12 km (7.5 mi) per hour! Assorted colours. A GES 5 +
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Ultimate LED Hanging Chair $99.99
Want a “hangout” all your own? This chair is the perfect place to read a book or spend some alone time. You’ll love the LED lights that add a nighttime glow, and the two large pockets to store your stuff. For use indoors and out. AGES 4+
Minifigure Display Case 16 $39.99 each
Play, play, play and then display your LEGO® minifigures! Exhibit 16 of your favorite collectible minifigures in this LEGO® display case that has gray baseplates to keep your minifigures perfectly posed. Stack cases as your collection grows! A GE S 3+
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Be the best worker bee you can be! Stack and connect bees high and wide without toppling the hive. Learn about counter-balance design with this 3D stack-tacular game of skill that can be played alone or with friends. A GE S 7+
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When we say “quick”, we mean it! Learn to play the world’s favourite game in ten minutes! Master that, then flip the board over to play a traditional game of chess! This is the quick and easy, two-games-in-one way to learn to play chess! AG E S 6 + | 2 P LAY ERS 3
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Sweet Dreamz On the Go $24.99 each
A must-have, all-in-one baby soother. With a built-in nightlight, calming sounds and melodies, and three different modes, you can create the perfect setting to ease baby to sleep. For fussy and tired babies, wherever sleeping time may be. AGE S 0 MO+
Twilight Buddies Winged Unicorn OW L
The dark won’t be scary anymore! This ultra-cuddly friend will help ease fear of the dark by projecting a starry night sky – with the moon and three constellations in three soothing colours – onto bedroom ceilings and walls. A GE S 0 M O+
Molar Mallet $19.99
Pesky molars coming in? Chew on this! Perfect for teething stages 4, 5 and 6, this sensory and activity teether is designed to massage gums and soothe teething symptoms. Bonus: the wobble base means it always lands right side up! AGES 12 MO+
Spin ‘n’ Sort Spout Pro
Who knew physics and STEM learning could be this fun? Designed specially for small hands, this water activity centre boosts fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination with 10 different activities. Good clean learning fun! A G E S 9 M O + 4
Infant & Toddler
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Friendship Activity Cube $69.99
Classical Bus Walker
Five sides of endless entertainment! With five different play surfaces ranging from a ball maze and shape puzzles to gear explorations and colourful mazes, little ones will enjoy spending time with Pepe the pup and his friends! AGES 12 M O+
Perfect for brave babies and adventurous toddlers! Styled on the classic Volkswagen camper van, this red push-and-pull walker (with a two-point adjustable handle) will help little ones learn to walk or to push their favourite toys around. Sturdy, useful – and groovy!
Toddler Beat Box Set
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Everything you need for an afternoon jam session! This instrument set includes four different rhythm and music makers – perfect for young musicians to explore and discover their talents. Keep the beat on your own or with friends. AGES 12 MO+
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Friendship Tower $19.99 Five cubes of fun and learning! Join Pepe and his friends as they explore the bright colours and illustrations of this sturdy set of nesting and stacking cubes. Little ones will love learning about numbers, shapes, animals and colours. AGES 18 M O+
ALSO AVA I L A B L E IN RED
No driver’s license required! This blue push-and-pull walker, distinctly styled after Volkswagen’s classic Beetle, is right-sized for little ones learning to walk or wanting to transport their toys. Perfect for that first road trip around the house! A GE S 10 M O+ 5
Infant & Toddler Multi Flex Set
Playtime can be anywhere, any time you choose! This innovative, modular system attaches easily to anywhere baby is (stroller, crib, carseat, highchair, change table, etc.). Includes changeable toy components for fun, flexible play! A GE S 0 M O+
Pop Pop Piano
Little musicians will be “pop” stars in no time! Tap the keys to make silly sounds and watch the stars pop and fly! Flip the switch when you’re ready for classic piano sounds. Reinforces cause-and-effect learning and colour matching. A GE S 12 M O+
Rainbow Play Arch
Keeps baby busy and learning anywhere, any time! This multi-skill, on-the-go play arch is equipped with double-sided, interchangeable toys and full-motion “Dazzle Effect”, and attaches to most prams, strollers, and carriers! A G E S 0 M O+
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Oly Active Baby Car Mirror $59.99 each Baby’s best friend for backseat driving! With a friendly smile, wobbly ears and sensory surprises for baby – and a wideangle backseat view and remote activation for parents – Oly is the perfect car buddy. Available in pink, green and blue. IT’S TWO-S IDED!
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NinjaLine Intro Kit $129.99 Train like a Ninja Warrior – in your own backyard! Set up the seven hanging obstacles in any way you want on the 11 m (36 ft) slackline and get training! Increase the challenge by moving the obstacles farther apart. Supports up to 113 kg (250 lbs). AGES 5+
Turn your backyard into an adventure park in just 30 minutes! Make your backyard the fun zone of the neighbourhood with this 12 m (40 ft) high-quality Falcon-series seated zipline from Slackers. Supports up to 91 kg (200 lbs). A GE S 8+
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LED Ski Skooter $54.99
Go boarding on snow, grass, sand and even carpet! This all-new snowboard and kickscooter in one has a three-mode LED light built in! Ride at dusk and at night with your own light show. Assorted colours. Supports up to 100 kg (220 lbs). A GE S 6+ I T FOL DS FL AT!
Makii Tiny Tot Convertible Bike
A three-wheeler that becomes a two-wheeler – when you’re ready! With airless tires, wall-friendly hand grips and a water-based, non-toxic finish, this convertible bike has it all for the beginner. Supports up to 20 kg (44 lbs). A GE S 12 M O+ 7
Construction Ask These Questions When Choosing a Great Toy 1. Is the toy appropriate for the personality of the child? 2. Is the age range appropriate? 3. Are there any special considerations? 4. Is the toy well designed? Is it durable and safe? Does it appeal to the senses? 5. Does it have good play value? 6. Will it inspire?
Smart Machines Robotics
7. Is it fun?
Explore physics, engineering and computer science all in one! Build eight different motorized machines and use the Play It Smart app on your tablet or smartphone to write the programs that control them. Batteries and tablet/smartphone not included. AGE S 8 +
Remote Control Machines – Construction $129.99
Straws & Connectors
Remote-controlled engineering at its most fun! Build eight different models of realistic, heavy-duty, three-motor construction vehicles. Control them with an infrared remote-control unit and drive them around on the floor to get the job done! AGES 6+
What’s your next bright idea? With 175 straws and 125 connectors in bright neon colours, you’ll be creating forts, boats, rocket ships, igloos and more. You probably won’t need the idea guide, but it’s included anyway! A GE S 4+
Construction Robot Invasion!
Explore the tropical rainforest without getting bitten, eaten or rained on! Learn about the tropical rainforest while you build five animals using the easy-to-follow instructions. And if you want to, make up a few creations of your own. A GES 5+
Animalia – Tropical Rainforest Animals $34.99
Boldly go where no kids have gone before! Build a legion of robots unimaginable before this toy set was invented! With 225 pieces, build robots using the easy-to-follow plans, or experiment to pioneer your own sci-fi creatures. A GE S 4+
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Design & Drill Race Car
It’s time to build your first race car! Snap pieces together and bolt them securely using the kid-friendly motorized power drill. Perfect for STEM play, colour and pattern play, and developing fine motor skills. A GE S 3+
XL Cruiser Set
Magnetic power – with extra cool factor. This 32-piece set is perfect for budding car designers. With sleek, silver-edged pieces and instructions to follow or inspire, you‘ll be building a dream car and taking it for a spin in no time! A GES 3+ 9
Prepare perfect pretend pasta perfectly – every time! Follow the guide to order up and “cook” pasta, then “top” it with sauce and cheese or other toppings. This 50+ piece set lets kids create countless imaginative pasta meals from start to finish! A GES 3+
Make awesome pretend play salads fresh to order! This 52-piece set includes greens, vegetables, shrimp, grilled chicken, toppings, and two kinds of salad dressing. Take an order, toss it up and enjoy a fresh, yummy salad! Mmmm! A GE S 3+
Doctor Role Play Set $39.99
Construction Worker Role Play Set $39.99
The doctor will see you now! This role-play set includes a jacket and mask, a stethoscope with sound effects, a reflex hammer, an ear scope, a syringe and a name tag for personalizing. You’ll be fullyequipped to see patients or do your rounds! AGE S 3 +
Look out – work zone ahead! You’ll be ready for the job with this bright orange, machine-washable vest high-lighted with reflective material, a tool belt, a yellow hard hat, goggles, a hammer, a saw, and a name tag for personalizing. A GE S 3+
Imagination Wee Baby Stella Travel Time Carrier Set $19.99 Wee Baby Stella is on the go! Pretend parents, tuck her into this hands-free carrier and fit the straps over your shoulders. Soothe her with the clip-on magnetic pacifier. Fits all Baby Stella 30 cm (12 in) dolls. Enjoy your outing! A GE S 3+
Wee Baby Stella Sleepy Time Scents Set $34.99 It’s bedtime for Wee Baby Stella! Tuck her in with cozy, lavender-scented jammies, a snuggly bear, a bottle and a book. This soft and adorable 30 cm (12 in) Wee Baby Stella doll will become a favourite in no time. Sweet dreams! A GES 12 MO + D OL L SE T A ND C A R R I E R SOL D SE PA R ATE LY
Cook’n Serve Kitchen $199.99 Who’s hungry? Dinner’s coming right up! With a pull-out counter, a menu chalkboard and an extra shelf, this all-in-one wooden play kitchen is terrific for budding chefs. Just don’t forget to wash the dishes after dinner! Bon appétit! AGES 3+
Squishy, squashy on-the-go shaping fun! Keep eight bricks of colourful, no-mess, no-stick playfoam in one organized travel-ready case. It’s perfect for shaping and sculpting in the car, on the plane, in the waiting room or anywhere you choose to go. A GE S 3+ 11
Science 3D M.E.G.
Take Snap Circuits to a whole new dimension! With colourful, easy-to-follow, curriculum-rich instructions, you will have hours of fun experimenting with M.E.G. (magnetics, electronics and gears) to build over 160 amazing projects. A GES 8+
Grab your goggles and get experimenting! Learn how to make fantastic rockets and fizzy bombs. How to make an explosive bag. How to pierce a balloon without it popping it. Explore and learn with 28 awesome scientific experiments! A GE S 8+
My First Spa Snapino
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An excellent introduction to working with Arduino programming! Advance your knowledge of electricity, engineering, circuitry and programming. This kit, used alone or combined with other Snap Circuits, makes prototype coding a snap! A GES 12+ 12
Forget everything for a bit, and enjoy some spa time! That is, after youâ€™ve learned some spa history, and have played, explored and experimented to produce massage oils, bath salts, soaps, scrubs and face masks at home! Sooooo relaxing... A G E S 8 +
Science Constellation and Solar System Explorer
Stargaze from any room! View all 12 Zodiac constellations in three view modes: celestial, connected, and illustrated. Check out the 28-page guidebook, packed with facts and stories. Perfect for STEM learning. Have a stargazing good time! AGES 8+
Tin Can Edge Detector Robot $24.99
Green science and eco-engineering at its finest. Recycle a used drink can to build this edge-detecting robot. Watch it roam across your table without falling off. An awesome mechanicalscience project you won’t believe – until you see it! AGE S 8 +
Crystal Geode Growing $19.99 Crystal beauty, right before your eyes! Grow beautiful crystal geodes with this KidzLabs fun and exciting experiment kit. Add the crystal compounds and hot water to the geo containers, then wait 5-8 days for beautiful crystals to form. A GES 10+
What does “STEM” mean? And why is it so important? STEM stands for “science, technology, engineering and math” – disciplines that play a role in every part of our lives. STEM learning nurtures creators, doers, thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, and inventors. Toys that promote STEM learning gives children the opportunity to build a solid foundation and interest in those disciplines in many fun and entertaining ways. A close cousin to STEM is “STEAM”, which adds art and, by extension, creativity to round out the areas of learning.
Games & Puzzles Canadian Trivia
Are you a Canadian know-it-all? Let’s find out! This 150th Limited Edition trivia game tests your knowledge on all things Canadian – geography, history, arts, etc. – since Confederation. Which happened in what year, by the way?
Win or lose, it’s fun to figure out the clues. Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents, and their teammates know the agents only by their codenames. Which team will make contact with all of their agents first?
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The Best Reasons to Play Board Games
This is one time you’ll think mosquitoes are actually cute. Race to find the nine mosquitoes pictured on your card. But watch out – these absolutely adorable mosquitoes will mess with your mind as you search for matching pairs!
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1. teach you to take turns, plan ahead, and formulate strategies; 2. increase your brain power;
Are you ready to work with your fellow players? This game is loads of cooperative fun. Players must overcome obstacles as they work together to build an ant colony. Just watch out for hidden rocks, angry beetles, and pesky anteaters!
Playing board games with friends and family is fun – and good for you! They:
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3. let you socialize without a screen; 4. teach some wicked-fast math skills; 5. teach actions and consequences; 6. demonstrates fair play and the ups and downs of winning/losing; and 7. are just a lot of fun, okay?
Games & Puzzles
2 in 1 Crokinole
Crokinole on one side, checkers on the other! The two classic family games on this dual-sided wooden game board will provide hours of fun for all players. But can you agree on who picks the first game to play? A G E S 6 + | 2 OR 4 PLAYE R S FO R C RO KINOLE / 2 P LAY ERS F O R C H ECKE R S
It’s a silly, sequencing memory game! Learn animal sounds in the order of the cards. Remembering who said what last and repeating the sequence of sounds – or getting one of three wild cards in the deck – will have you snorting with laughter! A GE S 5+ | 2 + P L AY E R S
EMOJITO! Is a party game full of big emotions! The characters, animals and objects on the cards show a wide range of feelings. Your task is to express those feelings or guess them correctly. Sounds easy? You’ll be surprised! A GE S 7+ | 2- 14 PL AYE R S
Design your course, choose your game, and then race to match the colours of the flashing targets! There are three game modes: Beat the Clock, Target Tally and Relay Race! You can play solo, head-to-head or team-vs-team! AG E S 6+ | 1+ P LAY ERS 15
Games & Puzzles W I NTE R B A R NYA R D POR C H PA L S
Family Puzzles $19.99 each
Big, small and medium – all in one. These family puzzles have 350 pieces in three different sizes – bigger pieces for smaller hands, smaller pieces for bigger hands, and medium pieces for everyone – family time made easy. AGE S 8 + | 1+ P LAY ERS
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Puzzles with Figures $14.99 each
Fantastic puzzles with added bonuses! These colourful and exciting 100-piece Schmidt puzzles, perfect for little hands, come with two original figures – which means play continues long after the puzzles are finished! AGE S 6 +
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Arts & Crafts Paint Your Own Porcelain Vases $34.99
Show off your artistry – and beautiful flowers – at the same time! Design and paint the three vases, then bake them for a glossy finish. The easy-to-follow instructions show you painting techniques to create the effects you want. AG E S 8 +
Paint Your Own Bank
Paint your (not-a-piggy) bank and start saving! Attention all young princesses and knights! These kits include everything you need to paint and personalize your own porcelain princess or knight bank. It’s up to you to put the money in! A GE S 8+
My Fairy Garden: Magical Cottage $44.99 Grow your own magical, real, live fairy garden! Connect with nature as you grow the seeds, care for the plants, and play with Freya, the fairy, and her adorable woodland friend, Hazel the chipmunk! It’s a fun grow-and-play-with set! A GE S 4+
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French Knitting Fox Doll $16.99 Find out how much fun French knitting can be! Follow the simple steps to learn basic French knitting techniques and sew your own cute fox doll with this everything-included craft kit. A great project to inspire every junior sewer and knitter! AGES 8+
Arts & Crafts Hide & Seek Rock Painting Kit
What will you do with the rocks you paint? You can keep them for yourself or you can spread kindness, encouragement and happiness in your community – one rock at a time. This kit contains 10 natural river rocks for you to paint, decorate, hide, and post and track online! Rock on! A GES 6+
Fairy House Room Diffuser $24.99
Add style – and scent – to your room! Have fun decorating this adorable light-up fairy-house room diffuser to make your own. Then add relaxing lavender oil and power it up (by USB or by battery) to diffuse the scent in your room. Ahhh! A GE S 6+
Let’s (taco) bout the best emoji bracelet kit ever! It’s so “ez 2 bead”! With so many (pizza)s of beads, (kiss) boring bracelets goodbye! You’ll (love) all the fun emoji beads, and your friends will (like) sharing them with you. Includes 70 beads. A GE S 6+
Arts & Crafts Plant a Pizza Garden
Color Your Mood Crystal Jewelry $19.99
Crafting and gardening are delicious together! Decorate your growing tray, and then learn how to nurture your garden from seed germination through to harvest. A terrific STEAM experience for children. Recipes included. AGE S 6+
Make amazing jewelry to reflect your mood! Grow your crystals, paint them any way you want, and then create beautiful jewelry pieces (three necklaces, two rings, two pins and a pair of earrings) and have extra crystals to spare. How unique! A GE S 8 +
Paint, decorate, plant, water and grow! Sprout wheat grass in your vintage gumball-machine-inspired “aquarium” terrarium using colourful water beads as a unique growing medium. Everything you need is included – just add water! AGES 6+
Fun & Fabulous Travel Doodle
Clean up your LEGO® bricks – with a big smile! Store your LEGO® bricks in a cool, super-sized LEGO® brick that measures 50 x 25 x 18 cm (20 x 10 x 7 in)! Not enough room? Stack another brick on top! A GE S 3+
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Draw and write to your heart’s content without wasting paper! The magnetic pencil, coloured board and sliding erase bar lets you draw and start again as many times as you want! Travel-sized, colourful doodle fun goes anywhere you do! A GE S 3+
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Big fun in a small box! Use the ancient form of Origami and the easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions to make and decorate 10 adorable designs. You’ll never worry about losing your page again! Perfect for parties, play and rainy days. A GE S 7 +
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Corner Creature Bookmarks $8.99
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Scented Modelling Dough
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Traditional modelling dough reinvented – with sparkles! TuttiFrutti is rehydratable, non-sticky, non-flaky, and made with natural ingredients. Mix the colours and scents together for infinite possibilities. This three-pack comes with three moulds! AGES 3+
Fun & Fabulous Natural Play Makeup Kit $16.99
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C HOOSE FR OM TW O K ITS: “ PA R TY TI M E ” ( SH OW N) , “ B A L L E T DA NC E R ”
Your face and fingernails are canvases just waiting for more colour! Kid-safe, environmentally-friendly, non-toxic products you’ll feel good about! Perfect for sleepovers, birthday parties – and playing dress-up with your favourite grown-up. A G E S 3 +
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Slime Factory Mini Kit $9.99
Love getting dressed up? Let’s get sparkly! This kit is bursting with colour, attitude, and shimmery sparkle. Everything in it is made from natural, non-toxic ingredients, so you can feel super good about your lips and nails, and the environment too! A GE S 7+
Lip Gloss, Nail Sparkle Kit IN
Create your own yucky ooze, slippery slugs, and more! Become a real scientist and learn how to make and experiment with gross-out, slimy viscous jelly. Try the experiments included, and then make up a few of your own.
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Fun & Fabulous Colour-Change Putty Peeps $16.99 each
This is the colour-changing putty with personality! Stretch, twist, mould and bounce it into a new shape, then watch it melt. This non-toxic putty is solid and a liquid with no mess. The heat of your hands will change it’s colour, too! Assorted colours. AGES 3 +
Take a closer look at nature – on the go! With 40x magnification and built-in LED, observe your world close up like never before with this all-in-one handheld microscope, collection container, and belt clip for on-the-go exploration. A GE S 8+
Akin Suction Cup Game
Can you spot the things that are related? (And we don’t mean your family members!) This is a fast and furious party game where players use suction cups to pick up cards that are related – or “akin” – to each other before their opponents can! A GES 8+ | 2- 4 P LAYE R S
Baseball Dice Game
Square off in an epic batter-pitcher dice duel! Ideal for all baseball fans, this fast-paced, easy-to-learn and quick-to-play dice game has all the action of a real baseball game. Play one-on-one or in teams of two – and roll it out of the park! A GE S 7+ | 2 OR 4 P L AY E R S
Fun & Fabulous About Us Neighbourhood Toy Stores of Canada (NETS) is a network of retailers, manufacturers and sales agents that work together to provide quality specialty-toy and children’s products in communities across Canada. Individually, each retail member is dedicated to being a superior source of new and innovative quality products for local children of all ages. As a group, we share the values of customer service and community involvement, and look for ways that our collaborative network can be of benefit to Canadian families.
NHL Pinball Hockey
You shoot! You score? Go top shelf, stick-side, five-hole – or be denied by the goalie – in this fun, hockey-themed pinball game! Got a favourite team or two? Customize your playing experience with stickers from all 30 NHL teams. AGES 6+
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Choosing Toys with Play Value Toys are children’s tools of positive play, and are essential for healthy learning and development. How do you choose a toy with enhanced play value? Look for toys that promote: Dramatic play: helps children explore their own ideas about their experiences through imaginative play. Manipulative play: develops hand-eye coordination and small muscle control through the use of small play objects, and promotes exploration into how things work. Game play: teaches taking turns, planning strategy, following rules, and sequencing.
Creative play: develops fine motor skills, visual self-expression and use of symbols (to promote literacy and problem-solving).
Are you up for a speedy game for quick minds? To win the card, be the fastest player to find a word that starts with the letter that matches a category. The player with the most cards at the end is the winner. Watch out, this game’s highly addictive! AG E S 8 + | 2- 6 P LAY ERS
Physical play: promotes healthy body awareness and coordination, and encourages social interaction. Source: CocoKids Childhood Champions. cocokids.org
The Benefit of Play
When children play, they learn valuable skills they’ll use for a lifetime!
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Play is much more than fun and games – it’s an important teaching tool with many physical, emotional, creative, thinking and social benefits!