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HELP TO STIMULATE YOUR BABY'S
DEVELOPMENT WITH THE EDUSHAPE
RANGE OF SENSORY TOYS
ensory development is a hot
topic, but what exactly does it
mean? It's the term given to the
gradual process by which an
infant's auditory and visual senses begin
to mature, and they gain use and
co-ordination of the large muscles in
their legs, neck, arms and hands.
At this time, their brains are also
incredibly busy, rapidly improving
their emotional, social and cognitive
behaviour. Although babies are
able to observe, absorb
then mimic behaviours
from birth, they thrive on
exposure to activities that
nurture all their senses.
Research shows that
sensory play builds
nerve connections in the
brain's pathways, which
is vital to developing the
child's ability to complete
more complex learning tasks. Early
developmental toys can greatly assist
with helping your little one move on
from one stage to the next.
A well-designed toy will encourage
several skills - hand-eye co-ordination,
visual strengthening, motor skills, early
social interaction and communication
- all in age-appropriate ways.
DEVELOPING THEIR SENSES
Ideally, your child will
have sensory toys that
allow them to safely and
with a parent nearby for
guidance and interaction.
Talking to your child
about the effect they
have on a toy while giving
praise as they play helps
toys provide sensory stimulation for
children from as young as three months.
In their ﬁrst 12 months of life, a child
learns to focus their eyes and recognise
familiar objects, reach out to grasp
and manipulate, co-ordinate their body
movements and develop an initial
understanding of their world.
To encourage development,
Edushape's Sensory Snap Beads and
Linkets are both tactile and easy to
grasp. The toys encourage babies to
connect pieces, which requires strong
hand-eye co-ordination and allows them
to start to understand cause and effect.
All Edushape early development
products feature suitable textures to
fascinate babies' sense of touch, bright
colours to draw their attention and are
safe for little ones to chew.
Sensory Balls are a multifunctional
must-have that can quickly become a
favourite toy. To develop the parent-