Most parents at some stage would like to know if their child is where they ought to be in terms of their learning and developmental abilities, and question whether their child is ahead of other children, behind or average. In order to determine this, a number of societies have outlined developmental milestones (these may vary according to culture) which define what a child should be able to do at a certain age.
For many working parents, this is the longest period that they will be staying in with their little ones. This time is a great opportunity to spend time with loved ones, but naturally the idea of keeping children entertained can seem very daunting. That’s why we’ve put together a little guide for parents out there trying to keep children active whilst staying at home and the good news is, it won’t cost a penny!
Play forms an essential part of the physical and cognitive development in babies, toddlers and young children. During this developmental phase, it is paramount that infants and children are provided with ample play opportunities, which should include access to a wide variety of toys, including sensory toys.
At Le Toy Van we believe Christmas can be as magical as ever, with less waste. Wrapping paper alone is responsible for tons of waste every Christmas, and as it is coated with plastic, glitters and foils this means that it cannot be recycled. We’ve put together our waste free Christmas wrapping paper guide that is festive, eco-friendly and really easy to do at home.
We are starting to see the negative impact of using plastic on a global scale. Steps in the right direction are being made; plastic straws, plastic drink stirrers and plastic cotton buds will be banned in the UK from 2020, but we believe we can do much more. At Le Toy Van we are incorporating sustainable habits into our everyday life to work towards our plastic free ambition. Here are some tips on how you can get involved...
With so many exciting toys out there, picking just 10 is tough! We’ve selected our top toys from all of the Le Toy Van collections, so there’s something for everyone here. We believe a toy is for life and not just for Christmas, so if you want your little one to receive a gift they will cherish look no further.
Maria Montessori was an influential early years educationalist, born in Italy in 1870. While Montessori was working with special needs children it sparked an interest in education and led to her setting up schools for disadvantaged children. The Montessori approach focuses on the planes of development, the theory that children have the greatest capacity to learn in the first 6 years of their lives. This development is achieved with a hands-on, independent approach from the children.