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WORDS: ARCHIE CLARKE, IMAGES: GETTY IMAGES

WOODEN IT BE NICE
Of all the different types of toys available,
the humble jigsaw puzzle is one of the
most popular for young children.
The simplest have around six big,
chunky pieces in the shapes of cars or
animals and are great for little ones.
They'll marvel at their finished creation.
Puzzles are cheap to buy and, if your
child's love for puzzles continues as they
grow older, more complex ones, including
those with thousands of pieces, and even
3D versions, will be a big hit - indeed
all the family can join in.
You can often find jigsaws
JO SAYS
for next to nothing at charity
shops (but make sure someone's
'Parents don't
checked all the pieces are there!).
need to force
Another great item for younger
children is a traditional wooden
"educational"
toy. A classic feature in many a
play. If children
child's bedroom, a colourful train,
have variety of
car or building set not only looks
great set out, but is also perfect
mental, creative
for stimulating imaginative games
and physical
and constructive play.
opportunities,
Many manufacturers produce
creative and timeless toys that
they will grow
will last for years, so you can pass
and learn.'
them on to younger siblings.
'As long as kids still have to
understand the world, they will want to
touch and feel it,' says Andrea Schauer,
0 98 | JUN E 2 017

DOWN TIME

CEO of Playmobil (playmobil.co.uk), which
has produced its popular figures, playsets
and accessories for more than 40 years.

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Everyone loves a good board game - it's a
chance for the whole family to get together
and battle it out for bragging rights.
Old favourites like Snakes and Ladders
and Draughts can teach children about
taking turns and sharing, as well as
strengthening their counting skills.
When they are still young, it may be
necessary to 'help' children win as they
start to learn how to react graciously when
someone else wins. Losing can knock
a child's self-confidence as they cannot
always understand that many games rely
on chance, not ability.
While there's a wealth
of colourful, noisy
gaming apps on
iPhones, tablets and
electronic devices to
develop hand-eye coordination, old faithful
games are here to stay.

Snakes and Ladders is
based on an ancient Indian
game. No one knows when
it was invented, though
it's believed to have been
played in the 2nd
century BC.


http://playmobil.co.uk

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