Product Review: 2018 Kids Games, Puzzles and Books
Games are a crucial part of development. In this article, we’ll review games, puzzles and books that came out in 2018 which will suit young children up to the age of 5 years.
Jigsaw puzzles are a great way for children to develop their motor and spatial skills, while also teaching them the importance of focusing on one task at a time. One of the best things about a jigsaw puzzle is that it can be an independent activity – meaning your child solves it on their own – or an interactive social activity where a parent or another child can join in and work together to solve it. For under 5s, it is best to use a puzzle with large wooden jigsaw pieces so that they don’t swallow it. Generally, jigsaw puzzles are best from 3 years onwards.
In 2018, a variety of jigsaw puzzles were released.
Wooden Vehicle Puzzle by Melissa and Doug
One of our favourites was the 12-piece wooden vehicle puzzle, which allows your child to piece together either a race car, school bus, steam engine or fire truck, depending on the puzzle purchased.
30 Piece, Match it! Mathematics
This is another excellent jigsaw game, because it also introduces your child to the world of mathematics.
Games are a great way to engage your child while also giving them a valuable opportunity to learn.
It is important to acknowledge that our children are growing in a technological age. Although this can be scary, it can also be a really good thing.
Toca Nature is a virtual game which allows your child to build hills, plant trees, create rivers and engage with the wildlife that come to live there. It is beautifully designed, interactive and provides a great stepping-stone for teaching your child about nature.
If you’d prefer something offline and more hands-on, then Candy Land is the game for you. It teaches your child the importance of working together to achieve a goal, whilst also letting them make their way through the World of Sweets.
Teaching your child about the importance of reading early on is incredibly important for not only their academic development, but also their social and spatial development.
Love by Matt de la Pena
Teach your child about the importance of love in this beautifully illustrated picture book. We loved the soft colours and the morals of the story.
Elmore by Holly Hobbie
This book explores friendship, love and what to do in the face of rejection. Your child will love the prickly porcupine who is on a mission to make friends.
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Games, books and puzzles all provide different avenues for your child to learn – whether that be learning about teamwork, love or even how to make things fit together. Mindarie Keys Early Learning school provides a range of games, books and puzzles as part of everyday play to help children learn and grow.